Video proof from Porsche that hybrids don't necessarily have to be boring and slow.
While we are waiting for the stunning Mission E concept to morph into a production car, Porsche already has on sale an interesting electrified model, the all-new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. It’s a gorgeous and very frugal sedan that sips only 3.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the New European Driving Circle and can be driven solely on electric power for as much as 50 kilometres (31 miles). Aside from being impressively economical, the fourth member of the Panamera family (after the 4S, 4S Diesel, and Turbo) is also seriously quick.
Porsche has decided to prove the go-fast credentials of its hybridized Panamera by releasing a 360-degree video of the car while tackling the company’s Leipzig test track in Germany. The all-new biturbo 2.9-litre V6 engine provides an appealing soundtrack as the driver hits the accelerator pedal to reach the high rpm levels, while the silent electric motor helps the 4 E-Hybrid generate a combined output of 462 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque.
Compared to the model it replaces, the new eco-friendly Panamera is considerably faster, managing to reach 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in 4.6 seconds and top out at 278 km/h (173 mph), whereas the old one needed 5.5 seconds for the sprint before hitting 270 km/h (167 mph).
One of the reasons why the new 4 E-Hybrid is quicker has to do with the fact that the electric power is available right away, unlike on the previous model where the electric motor delivered its muscle only after pressing the pedal at least 80% of the way down. In Porsche’s words, the combustion engine and the e-motor now “interact in perfect harmony from the very outset.”
Interestingly, Porsche is describing the electric motor as the “performance kit of the future” since it not only boosts total output, but it also slashes fuel consumption and increases the 4 E-Hybrid’s top speed.
The model is already available on order in Germany from €107,553 (approx. $160,000 CAD) and will start reaching customers in Europe by mid-April next year, with other markets to follow.