For the first time ever, Porsche will make available a plug-in hybrid Panamera. It has been described as the ultimate in performance fuel-saving technology. No one does sophisticated performance better than Porsche, and the highly popular Panamera is about to get even more desirable.

The new Porsche Panamera in Tacoma model, the S E-Hybrid, is Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid cranks out a total of 416 horsepower, with the electric motor providing 95 of the horsepower. Electricity is stored in a 9.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is claimed to provide the Panamera S E-Hybrid with 20 miles of electric-only range.  Recharging to full capacity takes only 2.5 hours when connected to 240-volt.  Top speed in electric-only mode is listed at 84 mph, but it jumps to 167 mph with the gas engine cranking.

The 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid will be available starting in August.  The plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid starts at only $6,000 more than the normal 2014 Porsche Panamera S model, which means this car will pay for itself in fuel costs before you even finish making payments. Take into account anyone driving this vehicle will be of the first for this year, and you have a unique vehicle that will make a great addition to any stable.

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Below, we’ll highlight a few of the finer points from the detailed write-up of Autocar’s drive. Since it’s a Porsche, off-the-line performance is part of the equation, albeit at slightly lesser levels than most Porsche offerings.  The Panamera S E-hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The headline figures for the Panamera S E-Hybrid are its claimed combined cycle average of 91.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 71g/km.  According to Porsche’s claims, it has a 0-62 MPH time of a mere 5.5 seconds, can get to 124mph in 19.0sec and a reach a top speed of 168mph flat out.

On a 32 mile route mapped out at the launch of the new car in Germany this week, reviewers managed to get the Panamera S E-Hybrid to remain in E-Power mode for almost 31 miles at an average speed of almost 30mph over a variety of roads, including city driving conditions, leaving us with indicated fuel consumption of 141.3mpg. After doing some research, you’ll find these numbers are phenomenal.

For more information on the Panamera, or to take a look at any Porsche vehicle, contact Larson Porsche of Tacoma.

30 Jun 2013

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