Slotting the hybrid powertrain from the Cayenne S into the sleeker, lower, lighter Panamera has created what is described as the most economical Porsche of all time. In standard trim, the 279 kW Panamera S Hybrid clocks 7,1 litres/100 km and 167 g/km of CO2. But those figures drop to 6,8 litres/100 km and 159 g/km when the optional Michelin low rolling resistance all-season tyres developed specially for the Panamera.
This ultimate eco-limo sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 6 seconds and maxes out at 270 km/h. It can travel up to 2 km in full electric mode at a speed of up to 85 km/h. In addition to that, Porsche says its hybrid drive is the only one that boosts economy by implementing “sailing” up to165 km/h: it switches off the combustion engine when it’s not needed. The 34 kW electric motor that supplements the 245 kW blown V6 acts as both generator and starter.
When the Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale in June 2011 it will cost the equivalent of a little over R1 million on its home market.