Porsche shows off plug-in Panamera

Time 8:59 am, April 4, 2013

71047-c-por1PORSCHE centres could well be selling an even more environmentally-aware version of the Panamera in the near future.

The German firm is preparing to pull the covers off a plug-in hybrid version of the four-door Porsche at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid plug in packs 410bhp and will crack 0-60mph in around five seconds, yet still returns an astonishing 91mpg in EU efficiency tests.

But the shocks don’t stop there as the plug-in Porsche’s 3.0-litre V6 engine will emit under 100g/km of CO2. Official figures have yet to be announced, but if accurate it would mean owners will pay zero road tax under the current rules.

All this eco-worthiness hasn’t come at the expense of performance, either. A top speed of 167mph ranks the Panamera amongst the fastest four-doors money can buy.

Thanks to an enlarged battery pack over the outgoing Panamera hybrid, the S E-hybrid is capable of 83mph and will travel between 11-22 miles on electric power alone.

Along with changes under the skin, the entire Panamera model range has benefitted from a facelift to keep it looking fresh, with smoother rear styling and optional full LED headlights at the front.

Prices have yet to be announced.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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