More power, better EV range, and 911-inspired styling

The Porsche faithful had pitchforks and torches in hand when the Panamera debuted, but after a few model years they have come to realize that it is a necessary evil to keep awesome cars like the 911 GT3 and the 918 Spyder in production. Redesigned in 2016, the sedan now sports a revised exterior with 911-inspired cues, a redesigned interior with updated technologies, and more powerful engines. The second-generation also brought a new hybrid model, with a more powerful and efficient drivetrain, into showrooms.

Spied testing in 2015, the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was unveiled ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will cross the pond to the U.S. in mid-2017. Once it arrives here, North American drivers will gain access to the fastest and most powerful luxury hybrid on the market and the sportiest looking Panamera to date. Essentially a four-door 911 with a V-6 and an electric motor under the hood, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has evolved to the point that it can give most Tesla Model S variants a run for their money.

The new Panamera hybrid essentially marks the beginning of a new era, one in which hybrid, efficient drivetrains, luxury features, and sporty designs can be had under the same roof. Keep reading to find out what makes Porsche’s new four-door hybrid special.

Updated 10/03/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6(Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    462 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    172 mph
  • Price:
    99000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Much like the outgoing model, the new 4 E-Hybrid is nearly identical to the standard Panamera, with only the "e-hybrid" badges on the front fenders setting it apart. Everything else is identical to that of the non-hybrid Panamera, starting with the sportier front fascia with its lowered nose and more 911-like cues. The front door features more prominent creases, while the redesigned C-pillar and quarter windows also contribute to the new look.

Much like the outgoing model, the new 4 E-Hybrid is nearly identical to the standard Panamera, with only the "e-hybrid" badges on the front fenders setting it apart

More changes are visible at the rear, where the Panamera showcases a larger, more squared-off hatch, sleek, 911-based taillights, and a beefier bumper. More importantly, it has a new spoiler that larger, sharper, and provides more downforce by popping out and extending toward the sides.

As far as dimensions go, the new Panamera is 198.78 inches long, 76.26 inches wide, and 56.02 inches tall, which makes it 1.34 inches longer, 0.23 inches wider, and 0.19 inches taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase measures 116.14 inches, being 1.18 inches longer than before.

Side-by-side comparison

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Interior

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Inside, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid stands out by means of hybrid-specific displays for the infotainment system and instrument cluster. The two seven-inch screens flanking the analog tachometer feature bespoke power meters for hybrid operation. The new display function is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar and provides data such as the amount of electrical energy being used, as well as the amount recovered through the sedan’s regeneration systems.

The new display function is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar

The 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center dashboard also provides the driver with access to various items of hybrid-specific information. For instance, there’s a boost assistant that shows the energy available for boosting and a hybrid assistant that emits various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power.

The rest of the cabin carries over from the non-hybrid model, which has been fully redesigned for the new generation. Highlights include a clean-looking dashboard, a wide, sloping center stack, and a sporty steering wheel based on that of the 918 Spyder. The door panels now feature a larger storage area, while the center console includes two cup holders instead of one. The front and rear seats have also been revised, and even though that’s not very evident at first glance, they’re more comfortable to sit in. Rear legroom, head, and shoulder room is more generous thanks to better interior packaging and the slightly longer wheelbase.

Side-by-side comparison

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Exterior Dimensions

Height 56.0 Inches
Wheelbase 116.1 Inches
Length 198.8 Inches

Drivetrain

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This is where the Panamera S E-Hybrid really stands out compared to its siblings, combining a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter, V-6 engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The combo has received significant updates compared to the previous model, delivering not only more power and torque, but improved performance and economy too.

The hybrid drivetrain cranks out 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 52-hosepower and 81 pound-foot increase

Specifically, the hybrid drivetrain cranks out 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 52-hosepower and 81 pound-foot increase. While the V-6 is rated at 330 horses and 331 pound-feet, only six pound-feet more than the previous 3.0-liter V-6, the electric motor now generates 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet, up from only 95 horses and 229 pound-feet.

The extra oomph enables the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid to hit 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds, more than a half-second quicker, while top speed is increased from 168 to 172 mph. What’s more, the sedan can cover 31 miles on electricity alone, while reaching a top speed of 86 mph. The outgoing model was rated at only 20 miles and 84 mph, respectively.

But, the new hybrid system is about more than just enhanced output. The power of the electric motor is now made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal — on the previous model, the pedal needed to be pressed at least 80 percent of the way down. The hybrid module is also new, with the decoupler being actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator versus the previous electro-hydraulic system. This results in even shorter response times.

The transmission is the same eight-speed PDK introduced with the new-generation Panamera, meaning the sedan benefits from quicker and more efficient shifting.

Driving modes now include "E-Power," "Hybrid Auto," "E-Hold," and "E-Charge."

The new liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery also received an increase in energy content — from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh — but despite the significant upgrade, its weight has remained the same. Charging it to full capacity takes only 12 hours via a common 120 V, 10 amp connection. However, if the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger is utilized instead of the standard 3.6 kW unit, the charging times decrease to under three hours with a 240V, 40 amp connection.

Driving modes now include "E-Power," "Hybrid Auto," "E-Hold," and "E-Charge." The car always starts in "E-Power," which puts the powertrain in pure electric mode. The "Hybrid Auto" mode is completely new and adjusts the internal combustion and electric mode drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency. The "E-Hold" mode allows drivers to conserve the current state of charge of the lithium-ion battery for later use. In "E-Charge" mode, the battery is charged by the V-6 engine, which generates a higher level of power than is needed for driving.

For performance-oriented driving, the Panamera Hybrid can also be used in "Sport" and "Sport Plus" modes, with both activating the V-6 engine. In "Sport" mode, the battery charge is maintained at a level that provides sufficient e-boost capability when needed, while "Sport Plus" mode delivers maximum performance and allows the sedan to reach its top speed.

Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower Combustion Engine: 330 hp; Electric Motor: 136 hp; Total Output: 462 hp at 6,000 rpm
0 - 60 mph 4.4 sec w/ Sport Chrono
Top Track Speed 172 mph

Prices

Set to become available in North America by the summer of 2017, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will get pricing information closer to its U.S. launch date. Expect the four-door hybrid to fetch more than $100,000 before options.

Competition

BMW 5 Series

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Although there are plenty of hybrid vehicles to choose from nowadays, the midsize premium market has doesn’t offer that many options. One alternative to the Panamera is the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, but choosing the Bimmer means you’ll have to settle for less power and inferior performance and fuel economy. Powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the ActiveHybrid5 comes with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Not only less powerful, the Bimmer is also slower, needing 5.9 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. The sedan also significantly slower in electric mode with a top speed of around 45 mph. On the other hand, it is more affordable than the Panamera S E-Hybrid, retailing from $62,100 in the U.S.

Find out more about the BMW 5 Series here.

Tesla Model S

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Granted, it runs on batteries only, which makes it far more efficient than the Panamera, but when it comes to performance, the Model S is the only option that can match the German sedan. The Model S comes with many battery options, starting with the 60 kWh model. However, the 90D variant with all-wheel-drive is right up the Panamera’s alley thanks to its 518 horsepower, 485 pound-feet of torque, and 4.2-second 0-to-60 sprint. On top of being more efficient than the Panamera by using no fossil fuel whatsoever, the 90D is also more affordable at $89,500. Of course, customers can opt for the more powerful P90D or the range-topping P100DL, but in this case pricing increases to $112,000 and $134,500, respectively.

Read more about the Tesla Model S here.

Conclusion

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While it received a nice update inside and out, in typical Porsche fashion the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is far from revolutionary. But it definitely looks better by design and its drivetrain is the most potent yet of all hybrids available. In fact, it’s powerful enough to compete with the Tesla Model S 90D and, even though it won’t match the EV’s efficiency, it trumps everything you can buy from BMW and Mercedes-Benz that has four doors and a hybrid drivetrain. When we drove the previous S E-Hybrid back in 2014, we found out it featured an impressive collection of forward thinking technology, sporty handling, and respectable EV performance. The new sedan boasts improvements in just about any department, which makes it the perfect choice if you’re in the market for a high-performance hybrid. Given you can afford the pricy sticker, that is!

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    • * Updates to the body are evolutionary and predictable
    • * Very expensive

Update History

Updated 09/12/2016: Porsche dropped a new video featuring the company’s works driver Brendon Hartley behind the wheel of the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Hit "play" to watch how the hybrid sedan behaves on the racetrack.

Spy Shots

May 8, 2015 - Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid during some hot weather testing in Southern Europe

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Press Release

The Paris Motor Show will see Porsche unveil the next model in the all-new Panamera line: the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with standard all-wheel drive and an electric range of up to 31 miles (50 km). The plug-in hybrid vehicle generates 462 hp of total system output and delivers impressive fuel consumption of 2.5 l/100 km, which corresponds to only 56 g/km of CO2 emissions. All figures to date are based upon the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

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Performance Hybrid
At Porsche, the term "hybrid" is synonymous with sustainable mobility and performance – most recently displayed with the back-to-back victories of the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and 2016. This philosophy is now also defining the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

The new Porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in electric mode and continues as a zero-emission vehicle with a maximum all-electric range of 31 miles and a maximum speed on battery power of 86 mph. And yet, this Panamera is still a sports car among luxury sedans: the all-wheel drive four-door Porsche achieves a top track speed of 172 mph and delivers a total system torque of 516 pound-feet without hesitation. The torque is transferred to all four wheels, while the standard three-chamber air suspension ensures an optimum balance between comfort and performance at all times. The newest plug-in hybrid sports sedan breaks the 0-60 barrier in just 4.4 seconds.

New hybrid strategy based on the Porsche 918 Spyder
The superlative performance is no accident: the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a hybrid strategy never before seen in this segment – a strategy based on the
918 Spyder. The 887-hp 918 Spyder is the fastest series-produced vehicle ever to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The record lap time of 6:57 minutes is in part attributed to the additional power provided by two electric motors.

As with the 918 Spyder, the power of the Panamera electric motor – 136 hp (100 kW) and 295 pound-feet of torque – is made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal. On the predecessor model, the pedal needed to be pressed at least 80 percent of the way down to unleash the additional power of the electric drive’s "E-Boost" mode. Now, the electric motor is available to deliver additional power at any time. Together with the performance characteristics of the new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 (330 hp and 331 lb.-ft.), this generates an impressive boost scenario based on the electric motor and turbochargers.

In the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the electrical energy is also used to increase the car’s top track speed. At Porsche, this new type of "E-Performance" – more power, more driving fun, lower fuel consumption – is seen as the performance kit of the future.

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New hybrid module and fast-shifting eight-speed PDK
Together with the combustion engine decoupler, the electric motor heralds the next generation of the Porsche hybrid module. In contrast to the electro-hydraulic system of the previous model, the decoupler on the new Panamera is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), resulting in even shorter response times.

Similar to the other second-generation Panamera models, a new, efficient, and extremely fast-shifting Porsche eight-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission is used to transmit the power to the wheels. This transmission replaces the eight-speed automatic torque converter transmission in the previous model.

The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. And despite the increase in energy content of the battery from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh (integrated under the luggage compartment floor), its weight has remained the same. The high-voltage battery takes just 12 hours to fully charge via a common 120 V, 10 amp connection. If the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger is utilized instead of the standard 3.6 kW unit, the charging times decrease to under three hours with a 240 V, 40 amp connection.

The charging process can also be initiated using a timer via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Car Connect app (for smartphones and Apple® Watches). Additionally, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features standard auxiliary air conditioning which can cool or heat the passenger compartment during charging.

Porsche Advanced Cockpit with hybrid-specific displays
One highlight of the second-generation Panamera is the newly designed display and control concept in the form of the standard Porsche Advanced Cockpit with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays. Two seven-inch screens either side of the analog tachometer form the interactive cockpit, and in contrast to the other Panamera variants, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a power meter tailored to hybrid operation. The intuitive operating principle of the hybrid-specific displays is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar. The power meter provides data such as the amount of electrical energy currently being used as well as the amount recovered through recuperation.

A 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as the centralized Porsche Communication Management (PCM) control and display unit. The driver can access various items of hybrid-specific information both here on the display and in the instrument cluster. The boost assistant and hybrid assistant are both practical and informative. The former display shows the energy available for boosting, while the latter provides various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power.

Ultimate efficiency in "Hybrid Auto" mode
The Sport Chrono Package, which integrates a mode switch into the steering wheel, forms part of the standard equipment on the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The mode switch and PCM are used to activate the various driving modes. These modes include the familiar "Sport" and "Sport Plus" modes from other Panamera models equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. The hybrid-specific modes are "E-Power," "Hybrid Auto," "E-Hold," and "E-Charge."

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The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid always starts in "E-Power" which puts the powertrain in a pure electric mode. The "Hybrid Auto" mode is a completely new development which adjusts and combines the internal combustion and electric mode drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency.

The "E-Hold" mode allows drivers to conserve the current state of charge of the lithium-ion battery. This will allow the driver to utilize electric mode (and therefore drive with zero emissions) in an environmental zone at their destination, for example. In "E-Charge" mode, the battery is charged by the V6 engine; to achieve this, the gasoline engine generates a higher level of power than is needed for driving.

The highest level of drive performance is made available in the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" modes. The twin-turbo V6 remains active in these modes. In "Sport" mode, the battery charge is maintained at a level to ensure there is sufficient e-boost capability when needed.

Finally, "Sport Plus" mode is all about maximum performance and allows the Panamera to reach its top track speed of 172 mph. This mode also recharges the battery as quickly as possible with the help of the twin-turbo V6 engine, while also dipping deeper into the power reserves to ensure maximum e-boost is available.

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid availability and pricing
The new 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to become available in North America by the summer 2017. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

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