Acid Green, the colour Porsche uses for details on its electrified cars, does not precisely sound environmentally friendly. After driving the new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, you do not really get a tree-hugging vibe either. Porsche’s 3rd attempt at a gas-electric sedan utlizes its electric motor to add performance, with environmental benefits like lower fuel consumption and electric-only driving considered bonuses.
Of course environmental factors are the reason the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid exists, and plug-in hybrid advantages are not any accident. However Porsche automobile engineers attempted the new E-Hybrid drive system with a target to boost the engine’s power any time it’s active, to not replace internal-combustion output with juice. This is a departure from most hybrids, including the last Panamera E-Hybrid.
In the previous plug-in Panamera (second in the lineage), 3 conditions had to be met before any electric power was added: the car was in Sport mode, you pressed the accelerator more than 80% of the way, and you pressed through that travel quickly enough. You had to essentially want it, and the system had to want to give it to you.
Porsche’s new E-Hybrid system borrows the boosting strategy used on the 918 Spyder – hit the throttle in something however electric-only E-Power mode and you get a combination of engine and motor power.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Features
Rather than the previous Aisin automatic transmission that was unique to the last E-Hybrid, the new car uses a version of the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission used on all other Panameras. All-wheel drive is currently standard (hence the four in the name) to appeal to more snow-staters, whereas before only rear-drive was offered due to packaging constraints – there was not enough space for the front driveshaft on the electrified Panamera.
Transmission swap aside it is the same basic powertrain setup during this Panamera, with an electrical motor sitting between the engine and trans. That electric motor is currently a lot of powerful and battery capability is up by concerning half, from 9.4 kWh to 14.1, though the new battery weighs an equivalent as the old one. A full charge takes 12.5 hours at 120 volts, or 2.4 hours if you have the facultative 7.2-kW on-board charger and a 240-volt hookup.
On the European test cycle, it returns about thirty two miles of electric-only driving. The E-Hybrid’s engine contributes the same amount of power as a standard Panamera 4’s single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 (330 Horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque) but it is a 2.9-liter twin-turbo six instead, a reduce the performance version of the Panamera 4S engine. (Yes, 2 different engines with identical output ratings is weird.) With the electric motor factored in, the E-Hybrid powertrain puts out 462 horsepower and 516 lb-ft, increases of 46 horsepower and 81 lb-ft over the last E-Hybrid.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Performance
Imagine them written in Acid green, because these are not power levels you always associate with hybrids. And with those enhancements, the new E-Hybrid is faster than before. As long as there is charge remain in the battery, it will srtike the lighter Panamera 4 in an acceleration fight, hitting 60 mph in 4.4 seconds compared to 5.0 for a Panamera 4 with launch control and 5.2 seconds for the outgoing E-Hybrid.
The sport Chrono package is standard on all 2018 E-Hybrids, which means launch control comes on each one as well. On a launch-control start, the E-Hybrid provides the familiar feeling of having your internal organs rearranged for an instant, however after the initial hit of acceleration there is a pause, where it looks like the complex powertrain takes a breath, shifts up a gear, resets its electric motor, and then continues on. It isn’t bad, simply different.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Price
The E-Hybrid’s worth does not stray much from a regular Panamera 4’s either. The base MSRP of the nonhybrid car is $90,650 whereas the 4 E-Hybrid stickers for $100,650 (or $105,150 for the long-wheelbase executive model). But when you factor in things that are standard on the hybrid and optional on the other car – Sport Chrono and air suspension – the worth difference is $5,545. So yes, it’s still a good chunk more, however the plug on the correct rear fender means that you will be entitled to federal and local tax breaks or rebates.
Which Acid green trim is valuable, whether or not you wish it or not. If all you are involved regarding about is performance, the quicker and a lot of powerful Panamera 4S is only $300 more than a 4 E-Hybrid. It acts more like a normal car because it’s as normal a car as you can buy at the price with four doors, a hatchback, and the looks of a sports car. However we can perceive preferring the hybrid, either for the electric-only driving or the general whiz-bang neatness. People who fall in that camp will be able to pick one up this summer.