By Lauren Jade Hill
Making its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show this month, the 2018 Panamera S E-Hybrid Porsche was introduced as the second hybrid variant of the Panamera series. As the most powerful Panamera yet, the new model combines performance with comfort and efficiency.
This plug-in hybrid has been introduced as the flagship of the model line, combining the 4.0-liter V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo with an electric motor to deliver a total output of 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque.
The Panamera Turbo can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, with a top track speed of 192 miles per hour. And while the average fuel consumption is 2.9 liters per 100 kilometers, the new Panamera can drive on fully electric power for up to 50 kilometers.
Following on from the success of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid further demonstrates the performance advantages of hybrid technology. The new model utilizes a boost strategy, which derives from the 918 Spyder, combining a 136 horsepower electric motor with a 550 horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine.
The decoupler that’s installed in the hydrid is then actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator, ensuring a quick response as well as comfort. And this is met with the Panamera’s classic quick-shifting eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung dual-clutch transmission, which sends power to the active all-wheel drive system with Porsche Traction Management.
The electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, with an energy capacity of 14.1 kilowatt-hours, which can be fully charged in less than three hours through the use of an optional on-board charger with a 240 volt, 40 amp connection. This charger can be started using a timer through the Porsche Communication Management or the Porsche Connect app, with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment before driving.
A touchscreen for the Porsche Communication Management system is integrated into the console between the driver and front passenger, too, affording easy access to features such as navigation and smartphone integration.
After its world premiere at Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, the 2018 Panamera S E-Hybrid is expected to reach U.S. dealers at the end of 2017. The new model is priced at $184,400, with an Executive version – featuring a 5.9 inch longer wheelbase, rear axle steering, eight-way power rear seats with comfort head rests, and four-zone climate control – starting at $194,800.