Porsche is introducing the world’s first plug-in hybrid to the luxury class with the reveal of the second generation Panamera Gran Turismo.
Along with the Panamera S E-Hybrid with 416 hp of combined power, two luxurious Executive versions with an extended wheelbase are also making their debut and an entirely new three-litre V6 engine with bi-turbo charging for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The Panamera range now extends to 10 models offering an even further broader range between sportiness and comfort.
New and further developed technologies have enabled fuel savings of up to 56 per cent, while further enhancing operating and driving comfort. The new Panamera underscores its exceptional positioning with an even more expressive design in the style of the new sports car generations that are marked by tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements. In short: The Porsche Panamera is even more efficient, sporty, comfortable and elegant.
The new generation Gran Turismo celebrates its world premiere at Auto China in Shanghai, which opens on April 21, 2013.
Deliveries of the new Panamera into Australia will commence late in July with pricing to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The extended wheelbase Executive versions, however, will not be offered in Australia.
Panamera S E-Hybrid sets new standards in efficiency, performance and operating convenience
The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge externally from the electrical grid.
The electric drive produces 95 hp (70 kW), which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor at 47 hp (34 KW). It draws its energy from a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous battery in nickel metal hydride technology.
When connected to an industrial outlet it can be charged within around two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC). It can also be charged in less than four hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid far exceeds the driving performance of the previous model. In addition, the previous model’s NEDC fuel consumption of 7.1 L/100 km is reduced by 56 per cent to 3.1 L/100 km. At the same time, its all-electric driving performance is substantially improved with regard to electric acceleration, electric range and electric top speed.
An intensive pure electric driving experience is possible without any fuel consumption or local emissions, which is especially advantageous in the urban environment. The electric driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is determined to be 36 kilometres in NEDC-based testing. However, driving range may vary in real conditions as air conditioning and heating are deactivated in NEDC test conditions, for example. A realistic all-electric driving range in everyday operation is estimated between 18 and 36 km – and under particularly favourable conditions it could even exceed this range. The Panamera with the new hybrid drive can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h in all-electric operation.
The acceleration time from zero to 100 km/h is shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds. The electric boost function helps here, in which the performance of the electric motor boosts that of the combustion engine. Boosting can also be activated by kick-down – such as in overtaking situations. The car’s top speed is 270 km/h. The parallel full hybrid concept developed by Porsche also offers “coasting” at higher speeds, which refers to free coasting with the internal combustion engine shut off and energy recovery by generating electricity.
The forward-looking concept of the Panamera S E-Hybrid also embodies an entirely new range of convenience functions, which can also be activated and called up by a smart phone app. There is the charge status indicator, for example. In addition, the auxiliary climate control option of the plug-in hybrid enables car pre-heating or cooling via Porsche Car Connect; it can be programmed in the vehicle or even more conveniently via the smart phone app. A smart phone may also be used for battery management or for remote access to vehicle information such as the remaining driving range or for guiding users back to their parked vehicles. All functions that are not specific to the hybrid drive are also available as options for the other Panamera models via the Car Connect smart phone app from Porsche.
Long wheelbase, spacious rear seating area: Executive models with the comfort of the executive class
The spatial concept of the Panamera with two fully-fledged bucket seats in the rear proved to be so successful that Porsche is further extending it in the new generation Gran Turismo. The new Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera 4S Executive models – with their 15 cm longer wheelbase – offer more rear seating space and even better ride comfort. They have a very extensive range of features, and above all they offer exceptional comfort at both rear seat locations. All Executive models have the innovative Panamera air suspension, which combines excellent ride comfort and typical Porsche driving properties.
More performance and efficiency by downsizing: new V6 bi-turbo engine
Boosting of performance and efficiency is a core competency at Porsche. In developing the new Panamera, this led to an entirely new engine based on the downsizing concept: a V6 engine with three litres displacement and bi-turbo charging. The V6 bi-turbo replaces the previous 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and it is also used in the new Executive version of the Panamera 4S. Its basic parameters themselves are indicators of progress: 20 hp more power and 20 Nm more torque, but up to 18 per cent better fuel economy compared to the V8 engine in the previous model.
This not only gives the driver a more powerful and efficient engine; turbocharging results in maximum torque of 520 Nm available over a very broad range of engine speed for a superior and uniform power curve, even at low revs.
Most Panamera models are equipped with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung PDK. The comfortable eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S is standard in the Panamera Diesel and Panamera S E-Hybrid. This transmission creates optimal conditions for further development of other efficiency functions.
For example, the extended start-stop function now deactivates the engine earlier while coasting to a stop, which saves more fuel. With the exception of the Panamera GTS, models with PDK also offer a coasting function in which the clutches open in over-run, the engine idles, and the vehicle coasts freely. This function can significantly improve fuel economy, especially when travelling on the freeway.
Further developed design with a new option: LED headlights
The further advanced exterior design of the Panamera can be made out at first glance. The tighter and more prominent linework at the front end is especially apparent in the larger air intakes and the distinctive transition to the headlights. In side profile, the new, more swept-back windscreen creates an even more extended silhouette. When viewed from the back, the new generation Panamera is primarily made out by its new boot lid. The widened rear windscreen emphasises the horizontal orientation of the Gran Turismo and therefore its sporty character. The rear section itself was also redesigned, including the wider spoiler, and it shows a tighter transition to the rear lights, similar to the visual transition of the headlights at the front of the car.
As in previous models, the new Panamera models also offer many differentiating exterior characteristics. Further customisation is achieved by the numerous options offered, including the new LED headlights, which give the Gran Turismo a very special appearance.
At the beginning of next year, a new diesel engine with 300 hp (200 kW) will replace the current diesel, offering even more driving fun with typical diesel efficiency. Also arriving on the market in 2014 are the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive. They represent the exclusive and sporty pinnacle of the model range.