The Porsche Panamera is a relatively new entry in the Porsche fleet, having gotten its start for the 2010 model year. Named after the harrowing Carrera Panamericana race that took place in Mexico between 1950 and 1954, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is anything but your typical racecar. As its name implies, the Panamera S E-Hybrid utilizes a battery pack and an electric motor to supplement the gasoline engine’s output. The E-Hybrid version debuted in 2013 and has been a decent seller for Porsche, accounting for roughly 10 percent of the Panamera’s global sales.
While it’s easy at first to discount the Panamera S E-Hybrid as a true sports car, things get different once behind the wheel. That supercharged V-6 puts out an impressive 330 horsepower while the electric motor puts out another 95 horses. With a total of 416 gasoline-soaked, electrified ponies powering the rear wheels, the four-door sedan will hit 60 mph in just over five seconds.
I recently spent a week with the Panamera S E-Hybrid, getting to know its mechanicals and soul through easy daily driving and spirited weekend fun. Its four available seats proved to be too few for my visiting out-of-town family, but the Porsche never stopped being a conversation centerpiece. It sat like eye candy in the garage and did multiple trips around the neighborhood giving demonstration rides. One thing is for sure; the Porsche’s powertrain turns as many heads as its flashy exterior.
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In the world of high-end luxury sports sedans, Porsche is a relatively new player. While Porsche debuted a sedan concept in the 1980s the brand never created a sedan. The Panamera itself debuted in 2009 and it has quickly started to amass sales in the segment. After a recent facelift, Porsche has decided that it want’s to push the Panamera into new and exciting classes by offering the new E-Hybrid.
Based on the technology that was developed during the creation of the 918 supercar, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid that promises unsurpassed fuel economy and emissions, while still providing the luxury and performance suggested by the crest on the hood.
I recently took delivery of such a machine and spent a week beating on it to see if it could live up to the hype. From fuel sipping highway cruises and battery run-down tests, to a trip up one of the most grueling road in the U.S.
What I learned was a bit more than surprising, but you’ll have to read on to figure out what I really think
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The 911 is one of the most popular models in Porsche’s lineup and was always highly appreciated for its top notch performances and the classy design language.
The vehicle was also constantly attacked by various tuners who spent a lot of time developing various body kits or engine tweaks to raise its performances even more.
However, not many tuners have dared to make any radical changes under the hood and most of them were limited to ECU upgrades. Though, one of the tuners was bold enough to come up with a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 and name it the Genevart Celsius.
For the moment, we didn’t have the chance to see it in flesh and bones, as the Celsius will make its big debut next year at the 2013 Geneva Auto Salon. On the other hand, Genevart released a lot of specs and pictures, so we can make a pretty clear image about their new beast.
The most important modification is represented by the addition of two electric motors mounted to each of the rear wheels. These motors are combined with a flat six engine, the entire hybrid system offering a total power output of 900 horsepower.