Porsche is not a new name specially for those who always try to find a super comfortable car with an impressive power. A few months ago Porsche just surprised its fans by unveiling details about the second generation Panamera. The biggest and impressive change that is made by the Porsche for the second generation of the Panamera is the introduction of an all new trim S E-hybrid to the lineup. For the new trim, the Porsche just set some new standards of performance, efficiency, comfort and convenience. The car gets power from a 3.0 liter V6 and a pair of a powerful electric motor and an efficient battery. Porsche also designed the car to run in a pure electric version up to 22 miles. The combination will not only boost up the performance of the car but at the same time offers an impressive fuel economy without sacrificing the driving dynamics.
The styling and exterior language of the Porsche S E-Hybrid is the same like the standard versions. A list of seventeen distinctive Metallic and non-metallic color choices are offered to the exterior of the new Panamera S E-hybrid. The car sits on standard 18 inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a set of Xenon headlights, a power rear hatch, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors and a sunroof. Very few changes are made to the exterior of the S E-hybrid such as redesigned rear spoiler, taillights, larger intakes and revamped front fascia with the addition of new headlamps. To distinguish the hybrid version of the Panamera, Porsche placed the logo of “E-Hybrid” at different places including front doors, rear end and sill plates.
Just like the exterior of the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid, expect the same feel and standard equipments offered in the standard versions of the Panamera. There is a big change made by the manufacturer, that is the center console is specially designed for the S E-hybrid version that will make it distinguishable. Standard interior features include power door locks, power heated mirrors, eight way power driver and passenger seats, split/folding rear seat backs, cruise control, a trip computer, dual zone automatic climate control, 11 speaker audio system with Bluetooth, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, driver memory function, navigation system, USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack. The interior is offered in single color or two tone leather upholstery.
Porsche fits a 3.0 liter V6 engine under the hood of the Panamera S E-hybrid that generates 333 horsepower and 325 lb ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 95 horsepower electric motor and new 9.4 kHw lithium ion battery pack that can get a full recharge in about 4 hours. The engine and electric system delivers a sum of 416 horsepower and 435 lb ft of torque. The engine is mated with a Tiptronic S transmission. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top speed up to 167 mph. The fuel economy of the car is not revealed yet however it will be something really impressive than the S hybrid version that is 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
Pricing and Availability
The car will hit the dealership in late 2013 at an estimated base price of $99,000. The car is backed by the same basic 4 years/50,000 mile warranty like the standard versions of the Panamera.
Audi A8 Hybrid that features 211 horsepower 2.o liter TFSI 4 cylinder engine plus a 45 horsepower electric motor. Though the Audi A8 is not compatible to deliver the same level of performance and power like the S E-hybrid but in terms of luxury and comfort both are the pretty same.
BMW 7-Series Hybrid is another rival of the new Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid that combines 499 horsepower V8 engine plus a three phase synchronus electric motor produces a sum of 465 horsepower. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The BMW 7-series has potential to offer a tough battle to the S E-hybrid.
- Powerful hybrid
- Impressively fast
- High end looks just like the standard versions
- A bit more expansive than the S hybrid model
- Only 22 miles of electric only driving range
The S E-hybrid is distinctively more powerful and maintained than the S hybrid version. The car is capable to meet your daily needs as well as is an ideal car for enjoying an engaging and quality drive.