The second generation of the Porsche sedan, the new Porsche Panamera 2014 coupe becomes with the E-Hybrid version the first rechargeable luxury worldwide vehicle and the new 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 engine replaces the 4.8L V8.
Engine capacity reduced, but superior yield, hybrid technology and rechargeable batteries, wheelbase, this is a nice menu for the coupe of luxury of the prestigious German constructor.
In detail, starting with the hybrid version, the new model improves the previous system used in the Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor – 95 horses instead of 47 – and new lithium-ion battery pack that provides more energy – 9.4 kWh instead of 1.7 – can be recharged at home or in any public terminal. Connected to a terminal of 240 V, full charge is reached between 2 and 4 hours.
New consumption ratings, not available at the moment, will be announced at the official opening at the Salon de l’Automobile de Shanghai (Shanghai Motor Show), April 21.
It should be noted that the all-electric mode is possible over a distance of at least 36 miles, in actual driving, it will depend on factors such as air conditioning and heating. Electric speed: 135 km/h.
Other features of this hybrid Porsche, the electric motor automatically engages to give a surplus of power in acceleration, more, the Panamera may in mode ‘coasting’ cut its V6 engine and disengage the transmission for let it roll the car in neutral to full stop, so that the electric motor, he recovers the kinetic energy normally lost.
With the exception of the Panamera GTS, models equipped with the PDK box also provide a function of decoupling of the transmission which places the clutch in neutral. The engine idling as well and the car continued its momentum. This feature allows considerable fuel economy gains, particularly on road.
A word about the types of transmission, the Panamera will be equipped with PDK 7-speed box, while the E-Hybrid version will use instead the automatic transmission Tiptronic S 8.
For the more demanding in habitable volume, new Panamera Turbo Executive and 4S Executive will provide a wheelbase of 15 cm to free the legroom in the rear seats.
All Panamera extended wheelbase models are equipped with an innovative air suspension combining a ride comfort and typical Porsche sport driving.
Finally, under the front hood, a new 3.0L V6 engine stuffed by two turbochargers replaces the atmospheric 4.8L V8 block. This V6 produced additional 20 horses and 15 lbs – ft of torque compared to the V8.
Price range of the Panamera in the United States
- Panamera: US$ 78,100
- Panamera 4: US$ 82,800
- Panamera S: US$ 93,200
- Panamera 4S: US$ 98,300
- Panamera S E-Hybrid: US$ 99,000
- Panamera GTS: US$ 113,400
- Panamera 4S Executive: US$ 125,600
- Panamera Turbo: US$ 141,300
- Panamera Turbo Executive: US$ 161,100
The launch of the new generation of models Panamera in United States is expected this fall. Starting price was set at US$ 89,500 for the Panamera and US$ 94,800 for the Panamera 4. As for the Panamera S and 4s, they will be put up for sale US$ 106,600 and US$ 112,500, respectively. The Panamera S E-Hybrid will be offered at a price of US$ 125,900; the Panamera GTS (US$ 129,400) and the Panamera 4 S Executive (US$ 143,600) will follow. The Panamera Turbo and Panamera Turbo Executive high-end models will be offered at prices of US$ 161,500 to US$ 184,100 respectively.
The new Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive of Porsche will be arriving next year. They represent the ultimate in matters of exclusive and sporty driving within the range Panamera.