The second generation Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo introduces plug-in hybrid technology to the executive segment for the first time.
To be called the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the car offers 416 hp of combined power, with 95 hp electric motor and lithium-ion battery that can be recharged on the move or in four hours via appropriate domestic socket.
Porsche say fuel economy of up to 91 mpg is a realistic prospect and it has 71g/km CO2 with 0 to 62 mph time of 5.5 seconds.
In addition, there’s a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine joining the Porsche Panamera range.
The Porsche Panamera in electric mode has a 22 mile range which is probablt most suitable in cities and towns and it is the world’s first plug-in hybrid in the class.
Though drivers should be aware that when they switch to electric mode in the Porsche Panamera they will also be turning off the car’s air-con and heating to help everything work as it should do.
The Porsche Panamera can reach speeds of up to 84 mph in all-electric operation and the acceleration time from 0-62 mph has been shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds.
The Porsche Panamera overall top speed is 168 mph and Porsche’s engineers have developed a full hybrid concept which can ‘coast’ at high speeds by closing down the combustion engine and generating its own electricity with energy recovery.
The Porsche Panamera makes its world debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month and is available to order now.
If you want to look at one, the Porsche Panamera will be in Porsche Centres from July.
Seriously, look at the leasing costs for the Porsche Panamera if you are thinking of buying one. These cars are resilient and popular and hold on to their residuals. You could save quite a lot by leasing.