Hy­brid flag­ship set to make de­but in Geneva

FU­TURE MOD­ELS

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Re­porter

Porsche has re­vealed its new Panam­era Turbo S EHy­brid, mark­ing the first time the sports car man­u­fac­turer launches a plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cle as the flag­ship of a model line. It will be un­veiled at the upcoming Geneva Mo­tor Show.

The four-litre V8 en­gine from the Panam­era Turbo is com­bined with an elec­tric mo­tor, re­sult­ing in a to­tal of 500kW. Adapt­ing the boost strat­egy from the 918 Spy­der, the new model of­fers 850Nm of torque re­sult­ing in a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 3.4 sec­onds and a top speed of 310km/h.

With a fully elec­tric driv­ing dis­tance of up to 50km, the av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion is claimed to be 2.9l/100km.

It com­bines a 100kW elec­tric mo­tor with a V8 en­gine gen­er­at­ing 404kW. The de­cou­pler in­stalled in the hy­brid mod­ule is ac­ti­vated elec­trome­chan­i­cally by an elec­tric clutch ac­tu­a­tor, just like in the Panam­era 4 EHy­brid. The elec­tric mo­tor is supplied with power via a liq­uid-cooled lithium ion bat­tery with an en­ergy ca­pac­ity of 14.1kWh. The bat­tery in­te­grated in the rear is fully charged in six hours via the stan­dard 3.6kW on-board charger and a 230V power sup­ply with 10A.

If the op­tional 7.2kW on­board charger and a 230V con­nec­tion with 32A is used in­stead, the charg­ing time is re­duced to just 2.4 hours.

Own­ers have the choice of start­ing the charg­ing process man­u­ally or by us­ing a timer.

It will al­ways start in purely elec­tric “E-Power” mode and will con­tinue to drive in this mode for up to 50km with zero emis­sions. When the driver passes a spe­cific pres­sure point in the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal or when the bat­tery charge level drops be­low a min­i­mum value the sys­tem switches to “Hy­brid Auto” mode au­to­mat­i­cally with both en­gines work­ing.

Pric­ing for the new model starts at R2,931,000.

The new Porsche Panam­era Turbo S E-Hy­brid.

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