Of course, you’d think that if you can afford a car in the six-figure bracket, high fuel economy wouldn't exactly be on your "must-have" list.
Lux sports car maker Porsche started selling the hybrid version of its Panamera sedan back in late 2011 as a 2012 model. Powered by a potent 3.0-liter V-6 and 35 kW electric motor, the 2012 Panamera gushed out 380 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Its fuel economy, an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined, were on the lower end among hybrid sedans, but gas-sipping compared to sibling Panamera Turbo, which gets 15 mpg city, 23 highway, and 18 mpg combined.
Porsche now follows the plug-in hybrid pack with the Panamera S E-Hybrid. As expected, the biggest changes are found underneath the hood. Motor power output doubles to 70 kW while the antiquated nickel-metal-hydride battery is dumped and replaced with one made of lithium-ion. The automaker estimates the new potent powerplant generates 416 combined ponies, with the sedan able to charge up to 60 mph from a dead stop in 5.5 seconds, a half second shaved from last year’s model. Oh, and top speed’s 168 mph. Celebrities, this is your car to escape the paparazzi!
When needing to go stealth quiet, the Panamera S E-Hybrid can travel up to 22 miles using pure electrons. Note this figure’s based on New European Driving Cycle testing. (Think Old World version of the EPA). Porsche paints a more realistic 11-22 mile range. Speed’s limited up to 82 mph in this mode.
The E-Hybrid’s a plug-in, right? According to Porsche, it takes around 2-2.5 hours to recharge the Panamera’s batteries using an "industrial outlet" while less than four with a standard one.
We’re going to assume the company’s talking about European voltage figures, so we’re doubling those numbers for the American version. We’ll post the official U.S. charging figures – as well as pricing, guesstimated mpgs, etc. – once that information becomes available.