380 horsepower, 34 mpg: The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

16 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Porsche announced that the newest member of its hybrid lineup will become available towards the end of this year. The Panamera S Hybrid is the second vehicle of its kind to be developed by the German manufacturer. The Panamera S Hybrid is not only a hybrid, it’s the most fuel efficient Porsche in history.

The Panamera S Hybrid is capable of producing a total of 380 horsepower; 333 via a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, with the remaining 47 being produced by an electric motor. The electric motor powers the vehicle until it reaches just north of 50 mph. This allows the Panamera S Hybrid to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and top out at 167 mph. All this power is controlled via the 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid: Courtesy Porsche North America

In addition to being powerful, the gasoline and electric combination is also extremely fuel efficient. Porsche estimates the Panamera S Hybrid will average between 33-34 mpg on the highway. The varying mileage is due to low-rolling-resistance tires, which are optional. Another reason for the great fuel economy is what Porsche calls a “sailing” mode. Upon lifting off the gas pedal at highway speeds the gasoline engine completely shuts off and disengaged from the drivetrain by a decoupling clutch. The engine kicks back on when the driver applies pressure back onto the gas pedal. This “sailing mode” is possible because of Porsche’s “Hybrid Manager.”

Being that this is a Porsche, the interior comes as well designed and engineered as the exterior and mechanical components. The Panamera S Hybrid is equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Communication Management navigation system (PCM), and bi-xenon headlights. The PCM has a special display, unique to the Panamera S Hybrid, that allows the driver to actively monitor the vehicles hybrid and electrical systems.

The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of the year, with a base MSRP of $95,000.

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