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Review: Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Porsche has the newest addition to Porsche’s luxury sport sedan lineup – the second-generation Panamera lineup with with a plug-in model dubbed 4 E-Hybrid. The Panamera’s hybrid drivetrain is built around a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. It works with an electric motor and a liquid-cooled 14.1kWh battery pack mounted below the trunk floor. The battery pack itself gives a typical electric range in everyday driving in around 51 km. Total output checks in at 462 horsepower and 700 Nm max torque, enough to send the Panamera from zero to 100 km in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 278 km/h.

 

Key Specifications

  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
  • First available: April 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 4
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 4.6s
  • Range: 30 miles 51 km
  • Price: $121,092
    Price: €113'027
    Price: £96'385

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • liquid-cooled 14.1kWh battery pack
  • Charge time

    • 5.8 hours when plugged into a European-spec, 230-volt outlet
    • quick charge 3.6 hours

Innovation & Self-driving

2 User Reviews on “Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    Liquid-Cooled Batteries but Slow Charge
    Reviewed
    Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid - I was a passenger

    If one of your main concerns with buying an all-electric car in the U.S. is how long they can take to charge, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid may not be the car for you. If on the other hand, you are in the market for a virtually silent running luxury SUV powerhouse, this could the one you have been looking for. I had the chance to visit my local Porsche dealer where a friend of mine is in sales and he took me out for a ride.

    Despite or rather maybe because of the electric motor, the Panamera is a lot like a 911 with two extra doors and as such delivers very similar performance. To start with, even with the added weight of the 14.1 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack that sits under the floor in the trunk, this SUV is no slouch. My friend took us out to the backroads where he came to a stop and then mashed the gas pedal. With both the twin-turbo 2.6-liter V6 gas engine that puts out 330 hp and the single 136 hp electric motor running, the Panamera went from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four and a half seconds.

    Total combined power ratings for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid stand at 462 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of pure torque. The gas engine is rated 333 lb-ft of torque and the electric motor comes in a close second at 295 lb-ft. All of this power is transferred to the all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed dual clutch transmission designed and developed by Porsche. If all of this isn’t enough to impress you, Porsche claims the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has a top speed of 172 miles per hour.

    The battery pack should give you a range of approximately 40 miles of combined driving. Charging rates vary as you might expect. If you plug your Panamera into a standard U.S. 110-volt outlet, it is going to take around 12 hours to charge. But if you can find a 220/240-volt outlet, this time can be reduced to 6 hours using the standard 3.6 kW onboard charger. There is also an optional rapid charger available that can cut this time down to around three and half hours.

  2. brad
    Really boasts some amazing innovative features
    Reviewed
    - Other

    When I first look at the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, or any other Panamera for that matter. It just seems to come across as another luxury sedan on the outside, which looks fast.

    Though for a car such as this, the most important question would be: How’s the safety and comfort? Also being a hybrid, what’s the efficiency like? Having dug deeper, the features this car has built in is something unheard of. In a surprisingly good way….

    The system that drives the car is really the best part in my opinion. I like the way the 4 E Hybrid’s electric motor combines with the gasoline engine, and can operate in different modes. Whether that’s an all electric city cruise, or max performance run using both power units. Delivering a stunning fuel efficiency as good as 2.5L/100KM.

    What builds on top of the power units is the Innodrive technology. This would be fantastic for roads with difficult road conditions, where you’re not sure what’s coming ahead. The way the radar and sensors scan the environment and help you optimise your speed for potential turns and traffic jams is very space-age like. A very comfortable feature that also leads to better efficiency. Think pretty much all cars can do with such a tool these days.

    The adaptive cruise control (part of Innodrive technology) is great for more relaxing and safer drives, where it helps you maintain the right distance between car in front. It’s said even an idle phone conversation, can take a 40% bite out of your focus on the road.

    So if the car can do the cruising for you, and with the all too common distractions we face. It’s comforting to know there’s always something controlling your journey.

    As the Panamera is a plug-in hybrid, you could just use all electric power for short drives as the max range on electric power is just about 30 miles. And if electric charging isn’t widely available. The engine can be directly used to charge the batteries when needed, and of course drive the car. It only takes a flick of a switch to change modes.

    I really do wish to start seeing more vehicles like the Porsche Panamera 4 E Hybrid on the road. For sure, a great step towards sustainability and safety.

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