Porsche unveils a sedan with motorcycle fuel consumption: the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Life is full of compromises. You need the room of a large sedan, but most of them are heavy drinkers. Motorcycles offer no protection against the weather and occasionally against other obstacles, but are frugal in fuel consumption. Porsche has managed to get rid of these trade-offs with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. This plug-in hybrid offers the impressive combined fuel consumption of 2.5 l/100 km with all luxury and performance one can expect from a Porsche vehicle. And we should stress it is a plug-in hybrid with a 50 km pure electric range, what may help some people to achieve even better numbers. Have a look at the video below for a quick idea on what the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is.

Impressed? We were, especially considering the car offers a total power of 340 kW, a combination of the 100 kW electric engine and the 243 kW twin-turbo 2.9 V6 mill. There is no word on the combined torque, but the electric motor alone delivers 400 Nm, while the V6 handles 450 Nm more. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 s and reaches a top speed of 278 km/h. In full-electric mode, top speed is limited to 140 km/h.

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The second generation Panamera is built on the MSB platform. The sedan is 5.05 m long, 1.94 m wide, 1.42 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.95 m.  The trunk can carry 495 l and can be expanded up to 1,304 l. The new Panamera is lighter, but Porsche has not disclosed how much the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid weighs. In the Panamera Turbo, the new mode is 152 kg lighter than the old one. A car with extra batteries to carry has certainly appreciated the mass relief.

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Porsche claims that, unlike the previous generation Panamera Hybrid, the new model counts on the electric engine as soon as the gas pedal is pressed. That is an inspiration from the 918 Spyder. With the Sport Chrono package as standard, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has 6 driving modes. Besides the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes, also present in regular versions of the Panamera, there are 4 that are exclusive to the hybrid.

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The “E-Power” mode is the standard mode. Whenever you start the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, it operates only with battery power. The “Hybrid Auto” mode combines the engines to obtain the most efficient driving possible. In other words, it uses the electric engine to accelerate, seizes braking energy to recharge the battery and activates the V6 to keep speed. The “E-Hold” mode preserves the current battery power in the same levels so you can have more range when using “E-Power” at a later time. It is a good idea in situations in which all-electric mode is more suitable, such as closed spaces. The “E-Charge” mode uses the V6 to recharge the 14,1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and to propel the car. Sport and Sport Plus modes always have the V6 engaged.

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Recharging takes 5.8 hours in a regular 230V and 10A outlet, but an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger, attached to a 32A outlet, can shorten the job length to 3.6 hours. One other feature that only the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid presents is the 7-inch Advanced Cockpit screen on the right of the rev counter. It presents a power meter that displays the amount of energy being used and the efficiency of recovery processes.

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is already available for orders in Europe for € 107,553 euros, including taxes, but deliveries will only take place in April 2017.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.