The Porsche Panamera Is Proliferating


Porsche’s Panamera portfolio is growing with the introduction of two new E-Hybrid models. The 4 E-Hybrid and 4S E-Hybrid join the previously updated entry-level, 4, and Turbo E-Hybrid versions introduced at the end of 2023.

For the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine has been fettled to deliver 300 hp, but an all-new, 45 percent bigger 25.9 kWh battery pack and a more powerful electric motor boost that to a total output of 463 hp. There’s a meaty 479 lb-ft of torque on tap as well, enabling the all-wheel-drive sedan to shoot to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds before topping out at 174 mph. Step up to the 4S E-Hybrid and you get 348 hp from ICE and an extra 188 hp from electricity, making 536 hp in all, alongside 553 lb-ft of twisting force. That cuts the car’s 0-to-60-mph sprint down to 3.5 seconds and raises top speed to 180 mph.

Ingeniously the motor is placed in the housing of the Panamera’s PDK transmission to save weight. Inside the motor itself the rotor spins within the stator which, Porsche, says reduces mass inertia by half and results in a massively improved throttle response. Other electrifying innovations include an on-board 11-kW AC charging system that can fully charge in 2.5 hours and technology to optimize the car’s powertrain depending on driver demand and even location.

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In Hybrid Auto mode the Panamera’s navigation system feeds information to the drivetrain, which means, for example, that electric drive will be prioritized on city streets. For more spirited driving there are Sport and Sport Plus modes, both of which use a combination of full combustion power and all the electric oomph available until the battery capacity drops to 20 or 30 percent, respectively. An additional E-Hold mode uses the engine to charge the battery up to 80 percent at speeds above 34 mph.

All Panameras now get adaptive two-chamber air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management, but there’s a roll-reducing Active Ride system also offered. Further standard equipment includes Lane Change Assist with rear cross-traffic alert, soft-close doors, and 14-way electric seats. The 4 E-Hybrid rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, while the 4S Hybrid sits on 20s. The higher spec model also gains 10-piston brake calipers (which can be ordered in silver, red, black, or even acid green) with ceramic composite rotors and 21-inch alloys on the options list.

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is priced at $115,500 and the 4S E-Hybrid at $126,800 plus $1995 delivery. Order one now and you can expect it to arrive in the Fall.

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