porsche panamera 4E hybrid is synonymous with sustainable mobility + performance
 

porsche panamera 4E hybrid is synonymous with sustainable mobility + performance

 

 

the paris motor show will see porsche unveil the fourth model in the panamera line: the ‘panamera 4 E-hybrid’ with controlled all-wheel drive and an electric range of 50 kilometres. the vehicle generates 340 kW (462 hp; combined fuel consumption 2.5 l/100 km; cO2 emissions 56 g/km; energy consumption 15.9 kwh/100 km) of system power. the term ‘hybrid’ is synonymous with not only sustainable mobility, but performance too at porsche–a fact proven not least by the victory of the ‘919 hybrid’ in the 24 hours of le mans race in 2015 and 2016. this philosophy is now also defining the ‘panamera 4 E-hybrid’.

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the latest panamera boasts a hybrid engine that provides exhilarating electric power

 

 

 

the new porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in purely electric mode and drives without generating any local emissions within a range of 50 kilometres and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. and yet this ‘panamera’ too is a sports car among the luxury saloons: the all-wheel-drive car achieves a top speed of 278 km/h and delivers a system torque of 700 nM from stationary without hesitation. the four-door hybrid breaks the 100 km/h barrier in just 4.6 seconds. the torque is transferred to all four wheels and the standard three-chamber air suspension ensures an optimum balance between comfort and dynamism at all times.

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purely in electric mode at start-up, generating zero emissions

 

 

 

the superlative performance is no accident: the new ‘4 e-hybrid’ features a hybrid strategy never before seen in this segment–a strategy based on the ‘918 spyder’. the 652 kw (887 hp) ‘918 spyder’ is the fastest series-produced vehicle ever to circumnavigate the nürburgring nordschleife. its record lap time of 6:57 minutes can in part be attributed to the additional power provided by two electric motors. as with the ‘918 spyder’, the power of the ‘panamera’ electric motor–100 kW (136 hp) and 400 nM torque–is made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal. on the predecessor model, the pedal needed to be pressed at least 80 per cent of the way down to unleash the additional power of the electric drive. now, the electric motor and petrol engine interact in perfect harmony from the very outset. like with the ‘918 spyder’, the electric motor is available to deliver additional power at all times. this, together with the performance characteristics of the new 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine (243 kW/330 hp/450 nM), generates an impressive boost scenario based on electric motor and turbochargers.

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electric power is provided instantly at a touch of the accelerator

 

 

 

in the ‘panamera 4 e-hybrid’, the electrical energy is also used to increase the car’s top speed. this new type of ‘e-performance’–more power, more driving fun, lower fuel consumption–is seen as the performance kit of the future at porsche. together with the V6 petrol engine decoupler, the electric motor heralds the new generation of the porsche hybrid module. in contrast to the electro-hydraulic system of the predecessor model, the decoupler on the new ‘panamera’ is actuated electro-mechanically by an electric clutch actuator, resulting in even shorter response times. as on the other second-generation ‘panamera’ models, a new, extremely fast and efficient-shifting porsche eight-speed doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission is used to transmit the power to the all-wheel drive. this transmission replaces the eight-speed automatic torque converter transmission on the predecessor model.

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two seven-inch screens either side of the analogue rev counter form the interactive cockpit

 

 

 

the electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. and despite the fact that the energy content of the battery (which is integrated under the luggage compartment floor) has been increased from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh, its weight has remained the same. the high-voltage battery takes just 5.8 hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-a connection. if the driver chooses to use the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230-V, 32-a connection instead of the standard 3.6-kw charger on the ‘panamera’, the battery fully charges in just 3.6 hours. the charging process can also be started using a timer via ‘porsche communication management’ or the porsche car connect app. moreover, the ‘panamera 4 E-hybrid’ is fitted as standard with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment during charging.

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an elegant form that is typically porsche

 

 

 

one highlight of the second-generation ‘panamera’ is the newly designed display and control concept in the form of the standard porsche advanced cockpit with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays. two seven-inch screens either side of the analogue rev counter form the interactive cockpit, and, in contrast to the other versions in the model line, the panamera 4 e-hybrid features a power meter tailored to hybrid operation. the power meter provides data such as the amount of electrical energy currently being used as well as that recovered through recuperation.  a 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as a central PCM control and display unit. the driver can access various items of hybrid-specific information both here on the dash and in the instrument cluster. the boost assistant and hybrid assistant are both practical and informative. the boost assistant display shows the energy available for boosting, while the hybrid assistant provides various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power.

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a 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as a central PCM control and display uni for rear passengers

 

 

 

the ‘sport chrono’ package including the mode switch integrated into the steering wheel forms part of the standard equipment on the ‘panamera 4 E-hybrid’. the mode switch and porsche communication management are used to activate the various driving modes. these modes include the familiar ‘sport’ and ‘sport plus’ modes from the other ‘panamera’ models equipped with the ‘sport chrono’ package. the hybrid-specific modes are ‘e-power’, ‘hybrid auto’, ‘e-hold’ and ‘e-charge’.

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redefined back of the vehicle features porsches newest design language

 

 

 

the hybrid vehicle always starts in the purely electric ‘e-power’ mode. the ‘hybrid auto’ mode is a completely new development. when this mode is selected, the ‘panamera’ changes and combines the drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency. the ‘e-hold’ mode allows drivers to consciously conserve the current state of charge to enable them to switch to electric and therefore zero-emissions mode in an environmental zone at their destination, for example. in ‘e-charge’ mode, the battery is charged by the V6 engine; to achieve this, the petrol engine generates a higher level of power than is actually needed for driving.

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the highest level of drive performance is made available in the ‘sport’ and ‘sport plus’ modes. the V6 biturbo engine is active continuously in these modes. in ‘sport’ mode, the battery charge is always maintained at a minimum level to ensure there are sufficient e-boost reserve capacities when needed. ‘sport plus’ mode is all about maximum performance and allows the ‘panamera’ to reach its top speed of 278 km/h. this mode also recharges the battery as quickly as possible with the help of the v6 biturbo engine.

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  • Took them a long time to make it handsome. For a sedan, I prefer a taller vehicle. (had 3 P-cars)

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