The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid presents a serious moral dilemma for most car buyers. It’s so good that one simply can’t ignore it any longer. Enthusiasts used to mock hybrids like the Prius, but with the light of new-age hypercars such as the P1 and 918, that has changed. Now the technology is getting better in more mainstream cars such as the E-Hybrid Panamera, but is it really that good? Can it beat a standard Panamera?
In a word–Yes. For starters, Porsche has thrown the old 3.0-liter Audi-derived V6 unit in the bin and replaced it with their in-house developed 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. The new unit makes about the same amount of power as the old one (330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque), but it’s smoother and more efficient. The old 8-speed auto is gone as well, and in its place, we find a Porsche dual-clutch PDK. The electric motor gets a noticeable bump in power too, producing 136 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. And it’s mounted inside the transmission rather than next to it. Total output? A more than decent 462 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Porsche Panamera – the Hybrid of the Future
Future cars will inevitably be powered by electricity alone, but as that’s a long way off, hybrids will continue to impress on today’s roads. The Panamera E-Hybrid can drive for 50 kilometers in purely electric mode, and the total charge time is 12.5 hours on a standard 110-volt outlet. Find a 240-volt outlet, however, and that time is drastically reduced to just 2.4 hours. Not bad for a luxurious performance car which boasts a top speed of 172 mph and reaches 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Not bad at all.
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