The expansion of Porsche’s lineup to include a four-door sports car was met with skepticism, but the Porsche Panamera has proven popular with buyers. For 2014 the Panamera is getting a mild facelift, a new biturbo V6, and best of all, a plug-in hybrid variant that isn’t just more fuel efficient, but faster as well.
With a 9.4 kWh battery on board, the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has an all-electric range of 36 km, or about 22 miles, and can be charged in just 2.5 hours via the onboard charger. The electric motor makes 94 horsepower, about double the power of the electric motor on the original Panamera hybrid, and is coupled to a 316 horsepower V6.
The combined output is 410 horsepower and 436 ft-lbs of torque. 0 to 60 in the E-Hybrid is about 5.2 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 168 mph, and up to 83 mph on electricity alone. No fuel economy numbers yet, but the E-Hybrid will start at about $99,000.
The other option is a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 making 414 horsepower and 383 ft-lbs of torque, which replaces a less-powerful 4.8 liter V8. Gone is the manual transmission option though; now you have a choice of a dual-clutch system or an 8-speed automatic. Boo. Hiss.
Lack of manual transmission not withstanding, Porsche is proving that you can go green, yet still drive a mean car. Who says hybrids have to be boring? Certainly not Porsche.