2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Growls With 462 HP, Sips Only 2.5 L/100 Km

With the plug-in hybrid version of the second-gen Panamera, it seems as if you can have your cake and eat it, too, for it combines ample power with minimum fuel consumption.

The 462 HP output is not a surprise, but the official average consumption of just 2.5 lt/100 km (94 MPG US)and CO2 emissions of 56 g/km surely are. Plus, says Porsche, you can travel for 50 km and up to a maximum speed of 140 km/h in purely electric mode, accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and top out at 278 km/h (170 mph).

So far, the new Panamera has received nothing but high praise by every reviewer. While there’s no denying the credentials of the Turbo, we suspect the 4 E-Hybrid will be lauded even more and, with a price (in Germany) of €100,553, could very well be the pick of the range.

Tearing a leaf out of the 918 Spyder’s book, the Panamera’s electric motor makes its 136 HP and 400 Nm available instantly, whereas in its predecessor the pedal had to be depressed by at least 80 percent of its travel. The petrol engine is a new 2.9-liter V6 biturbo with 330 HP and 450 Nm of torque and, for the first time, the dual-clutch PDK transmission has eight gears (the previous generation used a conventional auto with a torque converter).

Weissach’s engineers have managed to increase the energy content of the liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh without making the unit, which is integrated in the boot floor, any heavier. Charging takes 5.8 hours and can be reduced to just 3.6 hours if the customer chooses the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230-Volt, 32-Amper connection.

The Sport Chrono package comes as standard and, via the steering wheel-mounted selector, the driver can switch between six modes: the familiar Sport and Sport Plus, for when he/she feels like going all out, and an additional four that are specific to the E-Hybrid.

The pure electric E-Power is the default mode every time the Panamera is, ahem, fired up, Hybrid Auto combines both the electric and petrol engine for maximum efficiency, E-Hold prioritizes conserving the battery charge level and with the E-Charge the V6 is continuously charging the battery.

In line with its character, the instrument binnacle’s features hybrid-specific displays flanking the analogue rev counter like, well, the 918 Spyder, and there is a power meter that shows info about the amount of energy being produced, consumed or recovered.

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will make its official debut at the upcoming Paris Auto Show, but the order books are already open. In North America, it will become available in summer 2017, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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  • TheHake

    I wish they would stop with these ridiculous fuel consumption claims. There is no way in hell that you will get 2.5l/100km from this.

    • Balcis

      Actually, not per 100km, per first 100km. Also it’s electric range is 50 km. So first 50km is electric ride, and 2,5 *100 / 50 is at least 5 litres for a “normal”, gasoline 100 km of ride.

  • kello3000

    Minor detail but you most probably can either travel 50km on pure electric OR at top speeds of up to 140km/h.

    As I’ve gotten a growing hunger for EV’s as an owner of a 330e this particular Panamera sounds really really cool. If money would not be an obstacle I would still find this really hard to justify over a Model S P100D. Maybe a Model S for a daily driver and a Cayman as hobby car?

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    I love it.

  • Christian

    Who in their right mind buys a Hybrid Porsche? Why not just go for a Passat GTE, not a Panamera…

    • Enter Ranting

      The same people who buy a Porsche SUV.

    • Max Varga

      And what is your opinion in 918 or LaFerrari? Hybrids are future – you would know if you had driven one,

      • Christian

        Yes, they ´re slower than my 95 civic!

        • Max Varga

          So I thought you drive some old rusry fart car.

          • Christian

            Its not! It got a big fat racing stribe which gives it like 20 bhp more!

  • Dustin

    Minor nit pick, but that analog meter on top of the dash seems horribly out of place in this modern, high-tech hybrid version.

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