A hybrid drive version of the forthcoming Porsche Panamera will be one of the key variants of the Stuttgart manufacturer’s four-door Gran Turismo.
The new hybrid Panamera will offer the best of both worlds – the sporting dynamics expected of a Porsche together with low fuel consumption.
The hybrid Panamera will feature the components of the Cayenne Hybrid that will enter the market first at the end of the decade. The Porsche Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) will offer average fuel consumption of less than 9 litres/100 kilometres.
Porsche’s Gran Turismo will be the first four-door sports model to feature the particularly fuel-efficient full parallel hybrid technology. At the same time, the Panamera will also benefit from the experience gained by the Porsche Cayenne as a pioneer in hybrid drive.
The newly developed full parallel hybrid system will consist primarily of the battery unit positioned in the rear luggage compartment, the power electronics, and the hybrid module between the engine and transmission comprising an additional clutch and the electric motor.
Depending on driving conditions, the hybrid module is able to disengage either the combustion engine or the electric motor, or combine both drive systems as one jointpower unit. The Panamera, therefore, may be driven in a number of different modes ranging from all-electric drive absolutely free of emissions all the way to the sporting style of driving so typical of a Porsche.
Porsche’s fourth model series also boasts other striking features. The wide and low body is dynamically proportioned and has a muscular design for an outstandingly sporting yet at the same time compact overall look.
The space available inside the car offers a brand-new experience of roominess. The two sporting and comfortable single seats at the rear will allow adults to relax in full comfort with surprisingly generous headroom.
The driver will enjoy all the sporting and unmistakable driving dynamics so typical of every Porsche while sitting in an elegant and modern cockpit with high-quality materials.
The new Panamera Gran Turismo makes its world debut in 2009 and will be introduced initially with conventional power trains. The hybrid version will follow later.
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