Porsche will take to the stage at the Paris Motor Show later this month with a new plug-in hybrid version of its Panamera sedan that will offer a high level of performance without using gasoline.
As impressive as the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid looks with its 462 horsepower on tap, 4.4 second 0-60 mph sprint, and 31 mile electric-only range, on paper it falls well short of the Tesla Model S. The latest Model S is rated at 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
But that's not to say that we plan to write off the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid before even seeing it. Like the Tesla, the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid sends power to all four wheels (hence the 4 in its name) and it delivers a high level of comfort and luxury inside just like the rest of the recently-released Panamera lineup.
Where the two differ is that the Porsche utilizes a gasoline engine to provide most of its oomph, and to give it a range limited only by the distance between gas stations.
That means a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 more or less plucked from the standard Panamera 4 S puts out 330 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque in the e-Hybrid. An electric motor supplements that with an additional 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Overall, given that the power peaks aren't necessarily occurring at the same time, the system's total maximum output is 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered via the automaker's new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
A 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery sits in the Porsche's trunk and takes about half a day to charge on a standard household outlet.
Look for the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid to be in dealers next summer as a 2018 model.
Comparisons to the Model S will be inevitable since both will sticker for around $100,000—plus options. Porsche hasn't yet released pricing or details for the American market Panamera 4 e-Hybrid, but the standard Panamera 4 S lists from just a hair over $100,000. A Model S P100D runs upwards of $135,000, but with Porsche's myriad options and packages, it doesn't take long to get to that same point with a Panamera.