Best in class: The new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

These outstanding figures do not only make the Panamera S Hybrid the most economical Porsche of all time, it also puts it streets ahead of all the hybrid production vehicles in the luxury car class when it comes to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

This is achieved be combining Porsche hybrid technology with Michelin’s even lower rolling resistance tyres developed specially for the Panamera which are available as an option. But even with the standard tyres, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is at an unprecedentedly low level for the luxury car class at 7.1 L/100 km based on the NEDC – which equates to 167 g/km CO2.

The Panamera S Hybrid sets new standards, both in terms of classic performance and when measured against hybrid vehicle characteristics. The Panamera S Hybrid accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds on its way to a 270 km/h top speed. The range in purely electric mode is approximately two kilometres with electric driving possible up to 85 km/h, depending on driving conditions.

The Porsche hybrid drive is also the only system in the world able to exploit additional consumption reserves thanks to so-called “sailing” on freeways. This entails disengaging and switching off the engine at speeds of up to 165 km/h (Cayenne S Hybrid: 156 km/h) during phases when no power is being delivered.

The Panamera S Hybrid is driven by the same engine combination that has already proved itself in the Cayenne S Hybrid: The main propulsion is provided by a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine delivering 245 kW, supported by a 34 kW electric motor. Both power sources are capable of moving the Panamera S Hybrid either alone or in combination.

The electric motor also operates both as a generator and a starter. Together with the separating clutch it forms the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission. The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride battery (NiMh) where the electrical energy recovered from braking and driving is stored. Power transmission is handled by the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic S fitted as standard in the Cayenne models with a wide spread of ratios.

The new Gran Turismo also features the Cayenne S Hybrid’s innovative display screen in the centre console which provides the driver with all the relevant information about the Panamera’s hybrid driving status. With the new hybrid variant, the Panamera model line now comprises six different models.

This offering underlines the strategic importance of “Porsche Intelligent Performance” and creates a luxury car for all occasions – from super sporty with the Panamera Turbo to ultra environmentally-friendly with the Panamera S Hybrid.

Final specification and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicles expected arrival date
in date in late August.