Manic 500kW limo bound for Geneva motor show
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Porsche will unveil an even more potent Panamera Hybrid at the Geneva motor show next month with confirmation of the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It is the first time a plug-in hybrid will spearhead a model line for Porsche.

Powering the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the same 4.0-litre V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo. However, the addition of an electric motor sees the flagship variant pump out 500kW (up 100kW over the standard Turbo) with a monstrous 850Nm of torque. That will help propel the four-door tourer from 0.100km/h in a claimed 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 310km/h.

All that performance won’t hurt the hip pocket either, with Porsche claiming an average fuel consumption figure of just 2.9L/100km. Additionally, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid can cover 50km purely on electric power.

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Transmitting power to the Panamera’s all-wheel drive system is Porsche’s ubiquitous eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox. A smooth ride is ensured via Porsche’s air suspension package, standard on this car.

The electric motor gains its power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 14.1kWh. The battery can be fully charged in six hours through a standard 230V connection. Charging time can be dramatically reduced (to just 2.4 hours) by using an optional 7.2kW on-board charge coupled to a 230V connection with 32 A instead of the standard 3.6kW charger.

Porsche has focussed on reducing CO2 emissions while still maintaining its sporting credentials. The Turbo S E-Hybrid starts in fully electric mode and will cover up to 50km of local driving with zero emissions. Only when a set pressure point is passed on the accelerator – or when battery charge levels drops a below a minimum level – will the Panamera engage ‘hybrid auto’ mode, using the power of both engines.

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As befitting a near half-a-million-dollar car, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes loaded with standard features including: Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels in the 911 Turbo Design. The basic package also contains auxiliary air-conditioning, adaptive aerodynamic elements and three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is on sale now priced from $460,100 plus on-road-costs, and will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2017.