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Porsche Panamera goes hybrid

The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid debuts in Geneva boasting 159g/km emissions.

The latest hybrid in Porsche's stable will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The Panamera S Hybrid comes with a 47hp electric motor, assisting the 333hp supercharged three-litre V6 petrol engine. Claimed performance figures include a six-second zero to 100km/h time and a top speed of 270km/h. Combined fuel consumption is quoted as 6.8 litres/100km (41.5mpg), with 159g/km CO2 emissions - putting this Porsche into Band D for road tax and VRT.

The range of purely electric mode is estimated to extend as far as two kilometres at up to 85km/h. Porsche also introduces 'sailing' mode to this drivetrain. When no power is required from the combustion engine, the engine is switched off and the drivetrain can be decoupled at speeds of up to 165km/h.

The electric motor is fed by a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery with braking energy recovery. Power to the wheels is transmitted through an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Every Porsche Panamera comes standard with leather interior, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, adaptive air suspension, a vehicle tracking system and a display panel monitoring the hybrid drivetrain.

The Panamera range now comprises six different models with different choices of engine, number of driven wheels and now a hybrid powertrain. The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale in June 2011.

Published on February 17, 2011
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