The Porsche Panamera is an important car for the German company. It outsold both the Cayman and the Boxster last year. A second generation Panamamera is scheduled to debut at the Paris auto show this September. But the company is apparently thinking about more than just replacing the 4 door sedan. There are rumors that it will expand the Panamera range to include a wagon, a two door coupe, and even a 2 door convertible version in coming years.
As I wrote the other day, the “Ludicrous” Tesla Model S is by some standards the quickest production car in history. But if you are going to count some of those cars as “production cars” and strictly take their 0–60 mph times into account (not their 0–30 mph times or their straight acceleration off the line), sure, a few of them are “quicker.”
However, even using that as your measuring stick, the Ludicrous Tesla Model S is quicker than most of the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, & McLarens out there on the road. It’s quicker than most Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, & McLaren models. It makes these wonderful cars look overpriced, out of date, and simply of another era.
So, for a little more fun on this front, I thought I’d run down 10 super quick Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, & McLarens that the Ludicrous Tesla Model S burns. Have a look:
1. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce
Starting with the most controversial, Road & Track recorded the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Tesla says the Ludicrous Tesla Model S does the same, but someone is sure to test it doing so faster (as happened with the Tesla P85D). And, again, if these cars are tied going to 60 mph, you know for sure the Tesla is way quicker for the first part of that run.
2. McLaren MP4-12C
Next to bite the dust is the McLaren MP4-12C. This 2-door supercar can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds (same as the Tesla P85D) according to its maker, but has been recorded hitting that mark in 2.9 seconds according to Car & Driver. Sorry, that just doesn’t cut it anymore.
3. Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 is a high-performance version of the already wicked and iconic Porsche 911. It’s a speed demon. But it’s more akin to a golden retriever when compared with the Ludicrous Tesla Model S. It can reportedly hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds flat. I guess it’s fitting that it falls in at #3 here. 😀
4. Ferrari 458 Italia
As General Motors rightly claims in its ad for the Chevy Spark EV, even the Spark EV has more torque than a Ferrari 458 Italia. Indeed, as does the Tesla Model S. Of course, the Chevy Spark EV still needs about 7.2 seconds to get to 60 mph, while the Ferrari 458 Italia can get there in ~3 seconds… but the Ludicrous Model S can easily burn the Ferrari by hitting the mark in 2.8 seconds… or fewer.
But I’m going to lie, that Ferrari is a beauty, isn’t it?
5. Enzo Ferrari
Who’s next to take a back seat to the Model S? That would be the Enzo Ferrari. This supercar was actually named after Ferrari’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. But me thinks Enzo would be a Tesla fanboi and in love with the Model S if he were alive today. According to Ferrari (the company), the Enzo (the car) can do 0–60 mph in 3.3 seconds, while Motor Trend has reportedly clocked it going there in 3.14 seconds.
6. McLaren F1
As you may well know, Elon Musk bought a McLaren after making a ton of cash off of one of his first startups (Zip2). It was indeed a McLaren F1 for ~$1 million. I guess he wouldn’t give it a glance if he had just made his first fortune, as he’d be all about the Model S (that he, in fact, was Chief Product Architect on). The McLaren F1, which Musk wrecked, can reportedly hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds (boooooring).
7. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a beautiful Porsche-like speed demon that I wouldn’t mind driving, but it is no Tesla Model S. The “sluggish” Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano needs a full 3.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, according to Ferrari, or 3.3 seconds, according to Car & Driver. Anyhow, yeah, I love this car. (Just not its greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution.)
8. Porsche Panamera Turbo
We’re getting far away from the Ludicrous Model S, but in the interest of making this a “top 10” list, I’ll keep pushing through. The Porsche Panamera Turbo (yawn) also takes 3.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, according to Porsche, while Car & Driver clocked it at 3.3 seconds (on their way to get some coffee, I presume).
9. Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
Ah, we finally found another Lamborghini that could be mentioned in the same article as the Ludicrous Tesla Model S. The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 can reportedly hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Seems to be a popular number with this older generation, eh? About 23 years old and already starting to show its wrinkles. What a shame.
(Honestly, though, that’s a pretty wicked car, as are the other cars on this list — among the fastest cars in the world….)
10. Ferrari 599 GTO
So, the last car here is another Ferrari that the Ludicrous Model S can smoke. The Ferrari 599 GTO can reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The poor turtle.
But seriously, what a beauty. Still, I wouldn’t drop the cash on it over the Tesla Model S P85D or P90D or even the Tesla Model S 70D, even if didn’t cost several times more than these Teslas. It doesn’t have the instant torque. It doesn’t have the efficiency. It can’t drive on sunshine. It doesn’t have the infotainment system and continual swarm of over-the-air updates. It doesn’t have the Supercharger network (well, not that it needs one, but anyway). And, well, it’s not a Tesla. It’s just a Ferrari.
What do the fastest cars in the world have on the Ludicrous Tesla Model S? Not much. Not much at all. And most have nothing on it from 0–60 mph.
What’s the fastest electric car on the market? I think you can guess, but what about #2–17?
First of all, let’s get a little perspective in here. A car’s quickness is generally rated by how fast it goes from o mph to 60 mph (or 0 km/h to 100 km/h outside of the USA and a few other places). But there are other ways to measure it — o mph to 30 mph, o mph to 15 mph, etc. The thing about electric cars is that they have instant torque, which gives them a huge jolt of power right off the line, something that conventional gasmobiles simply can’t match. To visualize that a bit, here’s a simple graph via DesignNews (via the Union of Concerned Scientists):
This instant torque and the many benefits it offers is one of two key reasons that I think electric cars will quite quickly take over the automobile market. (This is the other reason.)
But anyhow, a car’s 0–60 time is the the standard by which we typically measure how quick (or fast, if you’re not being precise with your use of language) a car is, so that’s what I’m using in this article to rank the top 10 quickest “electric cars on the market.” Just keep that instant torque thing in mind and be sure to share that graph with your uninitiated gearhead friends.
As one more intro point before jumping into the list, I put “electric cars on the market” in quotation marks like that because some cars are supposedly “on the market” but are basically unattainable. The $1 million Rimac Concept_One, for example. Wonderful car, and supposedly goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, but come one, we can’t have a $1 million car on this list.
Oh, and by the way, plug-in hybrid electric cars are a subset of electric cars in my eyes, so they are included in this ranking.
With those disclaimers out of the way, here are the 17 quickest electric cars on the market:
17. Chevy Volt = 8.8 seconds (Note: 2016 Volt will = 8.4 seconds)
I went beyond the top 10 quickest electric cars because I wanted to get a bit more into “every man’s” territory. The Volt is certainly in that realm, with a price tag (or MSRP) of just $33,995 before the US federal tax credit for EVs or other state and local incentives. It’s also a very sharp-looking car and has gotten a ton of love from its owners over the past several years. It seems to offer a good balance between performance, comfort, and price.
16. Fiat 500e = 8.7 seconds
The Fiat 500e is known for being a bit spunky despite its cute looks, and quite snappy off the line. Road & Track actually named it the best electric car of 2013. At $32,500 before incentives, it’s again very much in the “affordable” category. It’s definitely one of the electric cars I most want to test drive and haven’t yet… which is largely because Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne doesn’t really want to sell the thing, it’s mostly just been available in California, and I live all the way over in Poland. But maybe one day….
I was actually quite surprised to see the Ford C-Max Energi (and it Fusion sibling) so high on the list. I mean, I saw the number when updating this comprehensive electric car page a few months ago, but I really didn’t remember it beating out so many other electric models. It’s very much a family car, in my eyes, and doesn’t scream “fast.” Perhaps the decent acceleration is one of the things that keeps it sales quite steadily in the top 6 or 7 in the USA. The affordable $31,635 MSRP doesn’t hurt either, I’m sure.
14. Renault Zoe = 8.2 seconds
I love the Renault Zoe. I realize it’s not the response that many have to such an affordable, simple car, but I really love the thing. And finding out that it has a decent 0–60 time of 8.2 seconds just makes it that much better. Naturally, it would be hard to choose the Zoe over the Tesla Model S or some of the other more expensive cars on this list, but if you want to save money, the Zoe is an awesome choice. Of course, it’s not on the US market, but it is the 3rd most popular electric car in Europe so far this year, and the quickest of those top three. By the way, the price in its home country of France is €21,900 and the price in the UK is £13,443, not including the leasing of the battery.
12. Ford Fusion Energi = 7.9 seconds
Like with the C-Max Energi, the Fusion Energi is another surprise “family car” that I was surprised to see so high on the list. It was the 5th best-selling electric car in the US in the first half of 2015, and 4th in June, due to its many benefits. Fast, quite spacious, quite affordable, good looks — what more do you need (other than a bit more all-electric range, ahem)? Price = $33,900, btw.
12. Mercedes B-Class Electric = 7.9 seconds
With some Tesla organs and a Mercedes badge, it’s not surprising to see the B-Class Electric show up on this list. However, it’s by far the most expensive we’ve seen so far, with an MSRP of $41,450. For much more detail on the B-Class Electric, I recommend this thorough review: 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Review — 1st Month (Exclusive).
11. Cadillac ELR = 7.8 seconds
Expensive? What was I talking about? For an extra 0.1 second (… and, admittedly, a few other things…), the Cadillac ELR adds about $25,000. Granted, that’s a big reason why its sales are pretty lousy compared to other models on this list. But hey, it almost broke into the top 10, and the truth is that it does offer quite a bit of luxury.
9. Volkswagen Golf GTE = 7.6 seconds
Getting back into the realm of cars an average man can afford (well, the price is still a bit above average), the Volkswagen Golf GTE starts at £33,755 in the UK. If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s not yet on the US market. But it is selling like hotcakes in Europe. It was #6 for the first five months of 2015, but rose to #2 in May. As you can see in the video reviews above, it’s quite well loved.
9. Audi A3 e-tron = 7.6 seconds
The Audi A3 e-tron is tied with the VW Golf GTE because it is basically the same car, just with a different cover. It also comes in at basically the same price. Essentially, if you like the features of these plug-in hybrids for the money you have to fork over for them, the deciding factor is basically whether you prefer Audi or Volkswagen. Sort of like choosing between a Chiquita banana and a Dole banana, you know? The good news is the A3 e-tron should hit US shores in October (I’m guessing California).
8. Chevy Spark EV = 7.2 seconds
With more torque than a Ferrari 458 Italia, the Chevy Spark EV didn’t have too much trouble landing on this list… or impressing test drivers and owners. Yeah, 7.2 seconds to 60 mph isn’t amazing, but remember that graph at the top of this page. You have to adjust. And considering that the car comes in at just $25,995 before incentives (after a recent price cut), the Spark EV is by far the cheapest on this list that is available in the US, and comes in several thousand dollars below the average new-car price, not even counting the $7,500 US federal tax credit for EVs or the $2,500 ZEV rebate in California. You’d think it would be selling like crazy… unless GM wasn’t actually producing the car to meet demand or advertising it.
7. BMW i3 = 7.1 seconds
Full disclosure: I love the BMW i3. Agreed, the looks aren’t like those of a Rimac Concept_One or BMW i8, but the car drives wonderfully, has impressive acceleration off the line, is comfy and spacious, is the most efficient car on the US market, and is green as all get-out. With almost the same price as the Mercedes B-Class Electric, that’s likely its closest competitor. The i3 obviously crushed the B-Class Electric off the line (well, is 0.8 seconds faster to 60 mph), but there’s plenty of debate which car is better. See this comparison vs this comparison. Heck, even the tweets on those competing articles are almost the same.
6. Mercedes 350 e = 5.9 seconds
The Mercedes GLC 350 e 4MATIC Plug-In may be an SUV, but this beast knows how to get up and go, reportedly hitting 60 mph faster than your mom can say “ouch.” It has just hit the European market, so we’re yet to see much of it, but in the plug-in-hybrid-loving Netherlands, it was the 4th best selling electric car in June. I haven’t searched out the price yet, but I’m sure it’s not cheap.
5. Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid = 5.7 seconds
The luxurious, high-performance Volvo V60 PHEV is a close competitor to the 350 e in many respects, and barely inches it out in the drive to 60 mph (or 100 km/h). It’s high price tag certainly scares away many buyers, but it has enough to offer that it has a solid grip on the #9 sales spot in Europe. It’s not available in the US, btw.
4. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid = 5.4 seconds
Ah, hard to have a “fastest cars” list without Porsche strutting its stuff. Another SUV/crossover, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is all about the mixture of performance and luxury. At a cool $77,200, it’s not for the 99%, but what can you expect with the Porsche logo on it. For the record, I think it is my favorite SUV/crossover (until the Tesla Model X arrives), but I do wish Porsche had squeezed more than 14 miles of electric range into the vehicle.
3. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid = 5.2 seconds
Ah, and sharing much of the same technology, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid steals the bronze medal from the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The Panamera S E-Hybrid actually accounts for about 10% of Panamera sales last I heard. I think it deserves even more, but whatev — people are slow to catch on to new trends. (Btw, Porsche, I have’t driven this thing yet — drop me a line.)
2. BMW i8 = 4.4 seconds
Eating Porsche’s lunch this time, the BMW i8 is not just a beauty of a car that pulls in people who know nothing about it — it’s a vehicular cheetah. The only problems? Its $135,700 price tag and its quite minimal 15 miles of electric range. But still, look at that beauty. (Btw, BMW, I have’t driven this thing yet — drop me a line.)
You knew it all along, of course. The Tesla Model S is the best mass-manufactured car on the planet, the best of all time according to many of us. Motor Trend recently named it one of the top 10 American cars of all time (come on, just call it #1 of everything), while the oil industry is pissing its pants about it. It makes most of the other cars on the road look like golf carts, and as I noted at the top, it burns Ferraris or Lamborghinis off the line. At a reasonable price, it’s no wonder the Model S is the top-selling car in its class in the USA.
Unfortunately, after test driving the record-breaking Tesla P85D, I’m ruined for all other cars.
(Update on July 17: Tesla just announced that it has gotten its 0–60 time down to 2.8 seconds.)
It isn’t exactly a secret that the upcoming Porsche Pajun is being positioned as a Tesla Model S competitor, potentially packing as much as 420 horsepower and 265+ miles of electric driving range. But Porsche isn’t putting all of its eggs into a single electric basket, with AutoCar reporting that a hydrogen fuel cell version of the Pajun is under consideration as well.
While patents show that the Pajun (short for “Panamera Junior”) will be built on the same platform as future Porsche Panamera and even Bentley vehicles, it’ll be smaller so that it can compete with the likes of the Model S and BMW 5 Series (and perhaps even the i5). Porsche is packaging the Pajun in a way that both the hydrogen and electric drivetrains as just as viable options, easily swapped during production in an effort to give eco-conscious buyers more variety in their drivetrains. This goes against earlier rumors that suggested the Pajun could be electric-only.
Porsche has been at the forefront of vehicle electrification, at least in terms of plug-in hybrids, but the German automaker has yet to commit to a pure electric drivetrain. The Pajun is meant to be the answer to the Model S and other “green” luxury competitors from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi, but only Porsche seems ready to put both hydrogen and electric drivetrains as an option in the same vehicle.
Rumor has it the electric version will have at least 265 miles of range and be called the 717, while the hydrogen FCV version will be called the 818. Both vehicles will have their drivetrains placed at the rear of the car, freeing up both passenger space and room for the battery pack, though rumor has it conventional drivetrains may make their way into the Pajun as well.
If there rumors of a hydrogen/electric Porsche Pajun pan out, it’ll provide an interesting case study of which alt-fuel drivetrain buyers prefer. While costs, range, and of course performance will all factor in, if all other factors end up equal, what drivetrain will well-heeled buyers naturally gravitate towards?
Originally posted on CleanTechnica
Credit is due to Porsche for being one of the first automakers to embrace plug-in hybrids, but it
s been slow to embrace all-electric vehicles, ceding this emerging market to the Tesla Model S. A report from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport says that’ll change with the introduction of the Porsche Pajun, which will only be offered with an electric drivetrain.
The Panamera Junior (where the name “Pajun” was derived) was initially going to be offered with gas and diesel engine options, alongside the electric drivetrain. But the latest report indicates the conventional drivetrains are being dropped in favor of a dedicated battery-electric system. The reasoning? Not because it’ll make for a better electric car, or even because Porsche is afraid of Tesla’s emerging share of the luxury sedan market. Rather, according to the report, Porsche executives feel like the luxury sports sedan segment is currently too crowded for another conventional car that doesn’t bring anything different to the table.
It’s no secret that the Tesla Model S is a hot commodity at the moment, and it was already rumored that Porsche was prepping a competitor to the California-built EV. I for one welcome the switch to an electric drivetrain. However, I can’t help but wonder what impact this will have on the Pajun’s engineering, as there are inherent advantages to developing a purpose-built EV, like a low center of gravity and increased structural rigidity, which improves safety. Also, a flat floor and extra cargo space.
Does this mean Porsche went back to the drawing board with the Pajun? Perhaps, and the estimated driving range of between 200 and 250 miles per charge would rival, if not exceed, that of its primary competitor. Having pledged to increase the number of plug-in cars in its lineup, Porsche will eventually have to build an electric car that is more than just a concept.
Is the Pajun to be the first and what will hopefully be many, many more electric Porsches? Here’s hoping.
Porsche has been at the forefront of hybrid performance cars, and now it’s readying an all-electric rival to the Tesla Model S called the Pajun. AutoCar reports that this new electric sedan will seek to be just as fast and go just as far as the Model S while wearing that enviable Porsche badge.
The Pajun adds a fifth model to the Porsche lineup, and while it will come with conventional drivetrains designed to compete with conventional automakers, engineers are putting extra effort into an all-electric model. The Pajun will use a shortened version of the Panamera’s MSB platform, and it will also aim to be substantially lighter than the Model S, which with its new Dual Motor Drive system can weight nearly 5,000-lbs. While Porsche has thus far invested heavily into hybrid technology, including the 919 Hybrid race car, the company may finally be ready to jump into fully-electric vehicles.
Powering the Pajun will be a cutting-edge synchronous electric motor every bit as powerful as the motor(s) in the Model S, and a new battery developed in conjunction with corporate partner Audi could give it a driving range of 250 miles per charge or more. The battery could even be shared with the upcoming Audi R8 e-tron, which was almost cancelled due to a lack of range though a battery deal between Audi and LG Chem seems to have saved it. Meanwhile Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid sales have been raking in the big bucks, helping Porsche reach new sales heights.
While Porsche focuses on combating the Model S, the Audi Q8 e-tron will be an electric SUV aimed at competing with the upcoming Tesla Model X. Porsche is also planning hybrid versions of all its models, including the 911 (eventually), but it looks like Elon Musk has really riled some feathers over in Germany with his electric sedan. Rumor has it that the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept (pictured above) will influence the design of the Pajun.
The electric Porsche Pajun should arrive some time in the next couple of years, possibly giving the Model S its first legitimate rival.
If you’d asked me to guess which car brand offered the most plug-in cars, I might have guessed Toyota or Tesla- but I’d have been wrong. With the launch of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne plug-in hybrid this month, Porsche – a brand that’s almost synonymous with endurance racing and extreme performance – becomes the car brand that offers the highest number of plug-in hybrid models, with 3.
Those 3 Porsches are, of course, the previously mentioned Cayenne, the hot-selling Porsche Panamera Hybrid (shown, above), and the 918 super car. The count top Toyota’s 2 (the plug-in Prius and Tesla-built Rav4 EV), as well as Tesla’s single Model S offering (the Roadster was discontinued long ago, and the Model X and Model 3, while well-hyped, don’t exist, yet).
Looking at the rest of the automotive universe, I currently count a single plug-in Mercedes. BMW offers the i3 and i8, as well as the plug-in C Evolution, but should that big electric scooter even count? GM gets the Chevy Volt and the Spark EV, as well as the slow-selling, overpriced, and ridiculous Cadillac ELR, but Cadillac is a different brand than Chevy, leaving Porsche still firmly in the lead.
Am I missing something? You guys follow the industry as closely as anyone- who sells more plug-in cars than Porsche does? Let us know if you think of someone in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Sources | Photos: Porsche, via Cars.com
Hybrid technology has become a key component of Porsche’s global vehicle strategy, and customers are responding with plenty of enthusiasm. Nowhere is that more evident than Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid sales, which have surpassed 1,500 units worldwide and represent almost 10% of total Panamera sales, according to the sports car maker.
With a starting price of about $99,000, the Panamera E-Hybrid is about 25% more expensive than the all-electric Tesla Model S, and it doesn’t get all the same tax incentives either thanks to a smaller 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. Even so, of the more than 16,000 Panamera sales this year, over 1,500 buyers opted for the E-Hybrid option, and the model has been credited with helping lift Panamera sales 28% in 2014. Credit is due to the combined output of 416 horsepower, a 0 to 62 MPH time of about 5.2 seconds, and a 16-mile all-electric driving range.
Though the EPA has rated the Panamera E-Hybrid at 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway (25 combined), Porsche claimed that over 42 separate test drives covering about 750 miles of test driving, they averaged about 54 MPG, on par with the EPA’s 50 MPGe rating. That’s a huge bump from the standard conventional Panamera, which tops out at 22 MPG combined according to the gov’ment.
Porsche’s first-ever production plug-in hybrid is doing even better than hoped, and that makes the likelihood of future hybrid Porsches all the more certain.
Sales of the Porsche Panamera are up to 13,500 units so far in 2014, a 28% increase. Of those, fully 10% were Panamera E-Hybrids, helping lift sales a lot. Porsche is having a very good year so far. Sales during the first half of 2014 were up 8% to 87,800 units, and of that total, 30,000 cars were delivered to European customers, 23,000 went to the US market and 19,800 to China.
Worldwide, the best selling Porsche model remains the Cayenne, with 37,200 units, followed by the 911 with 15,615 sold. Purists have always put the knock on Porsche for selling “trucks” (even though the Cayenne is a very, very nice truck) but clearly the corporate bottom line has been fattened considerably by doing so, since the Cayenne outsells the 911 by more than 2 to 1.
As for the Panamera E Hybrids, they’re equipped with an electric motor that adds 95 hp, more than double the 47 HP of the previous hybrid model for a grand total of 416 ponies. The hybrid has a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery which can be fully charged in about 2.5 hours via the integrated on-board charging system and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC) when connected to a 240V power source.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid, which starts in the US at $99,000, accelerates to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 167 mph. Porsche expect Panamera sales to more than double this year with the hybrid model, and with so many buyers opting for the plug-in hybrid version, it would make sense that Porsche want to add that capability to its best selling vehicle, the Cayenne.
Are you listening, Porsche?
Among the first players in the performance hybrid space was Porsche, and you can expect more hybrids with more horsepower in the coming years. The automaker is keen to use its e-hybrid technology to boost performance of models like the Panamera Turbo S and Porsche 911 Turbo S, both of which will wear the e-hybrid badge and make more than 700 horsepower.
The hybrid technology will trickle down from the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder into more “affordable” models like the 911 and Panamera, though the hybrid part won’t stop there. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S could also benefit from hybridization, though there is concern that there may be too much variation in Porsche’s lineup. Could the e-hybrid even replace the Turbo badge? That seems possible, as Porsche has been one of the biggest proponents of hybrid car performance, and there’s even the possibility of a pure-electric Porsche somewhere down the road.
From the sounds of it, every Porsche model will soon be offered as a hybrid, and there’s always the possibility of more hybrid-only models, as well as a hybrid version of the new Porsche turbo I4. Unfortunately, a Boxer four-cylinder seems off the table, but a 400 horsepower Porsche hybrid four-banger with 400+ horsepower? Sounds better to me anyways.
More Porsche hybrid powah. I hope other automakers are paying attention.
Source: Motor Trend
Unlike some other niche sports car makers, who have resisted government mandates to build hybrid or electric cars, Porsche has fully embraced hybrid technology as a means to deliver even more performance. More importantly, customers are responding favorably, so much so that sales of the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid to expected to double.
What makes Porsche so confident? According to Automotive News, it is the all-new plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which replaces the standard hybrid drivetrain in the previous Panamera Hybrid. The new plug-in drivetrain offers a 95 horsepower electric motor, compared to just 34 horsepower in the older model. The plug-in Panamera can also drive up to 22 miles on battery power alone, thanks to a new 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The Audi-sourced supercharged V6 engine, when combined with the electric motor, offers a combined output of 416 horsepower and 435 ft-lbs of torque, while delivering around 53 mpg of fuel economy (with a fully-charged battery). This is in every way better than the car it replaces, from fuel economy to performance, and Porsche expects customers to snatch up 10,000 Panamera plug-in hybrids across the next-generation’s lifespan. The new Panamera plug-in costs about $4,000 more than the old model, and will start at $99,000-ish.
If Porsche is right, that would mean around 10% of Panamera production will be dedicated to hybrid models, a big jump at a time when hybrid and electric car technology is increasingly seen as a premium product. It looks like Porsche’s hybrid gamble is about to pay off in a big way.
Source: Automotive News Europe
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.
If any luxury car maker has full-on embraced the potential for hybrid technology, it is Porsche. Their latest concept, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (which I assume is German for “kickass station wagon), is propelled by a plug-in hybrid system that offers up to 67 mpg and 416 horsepower. In the words of George Takei, “Ohhh yessssss.”
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is just a concept for now, but already the Internet is reacting with praise and drooling. Exotic car makers have been delving into a new body style called the “shoot brake.” and this appears to be Porsche’s take on sporty wagons. If you’ve been waiting for a practical, versatile no compromises sports car, the Panamera Sport Turismo may be it.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo in concept form offers a supercharged, 3.0 liter V6 engine with 333 horsepower. Combined with a no electric motor that cranks out 95 horsepower, the combined hybrid setup makes 416 horsepower. Porsche says 0 – 60 mph times are under six seconds.
Porsche goes on to claim that the 9.4 kWh battery pack is good for over 18 miles of pure electric driving, while emitting less than 82 g/km of CO2 and returning fuel economy of 3.5 liters per 100 km, or approximately 67 MPG on the U.S. standard. I like ALL of those numbers, which are almost twice as good as the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid revealed last year.
The e-Hybrid system is the kind of hybrid system is exactly the kind of hybrid system more automakers need to pursue, offering both a decent all-electric range, as well as adding to, rather than subtracting from, the performance. Porsche has a good track record of taking its hybrid drive systems from the track, and bringing it to the street.
Though just a concept for now, I think the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and e-Hybrid systems have a very good shot of becoming the real deal.