FastFox Drives – Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a parallel plug-in hybrid. This means that it can be powered by the combustion engine alone, by the electric machine alone or by both units working together. In this way, it is able to exploit the power generated by both propulsion units – a concept that’s been proven since 2011. The high-voltage battery is recharged in around 2.3 hours from an industrial electrical outlet. Or whilst driving, by recuperation – break energy recovery – or via the combustion engine. Thanks to innovative lithium-ion technology, its capacity of 9.4 kWh means that it also stores much more energy. The battery is maintenance-free and covered by a six-year warranty (up to a maximum of 74,565 miles).SONY DSC
The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine generates 245 kW (333 hp), the electric motor 70 kW (95 hp). Combined, they deliver 306 kW (416 hp) to the road at 5,500 rpm. With both drives working together, the Panamera S E-Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 5.5 seconds. Fuel consumption (NEDC) is remarkably low at an average of 91.1 mpg, as is the CO2 emissions figure of 71 g/km.
The operating range of the hybrid drive begins with emission-free, quiet driving up to a maximum speed of around 83 mph and a range of approximately 22 miles. The combustion engine is fired automatically when necessary as determined by the operating strategy or actively in response to the driver depressing the accelerator pedal beyond a specially defined pressure point. The kick-down point, however, enables the maximum power output available from both propulsion units to be purposefully exploited as and when the driver chooses. In e-boost mode, the combustion engine provides assistance for the electric drive – providing a sporty shunt into the future. In coasting mode, the combustion engine is decoupled to allow the car to glide for some distance under its own momentum – thereby further reducing the fuel consumption.
In summary, the E-Hybrid concept promises one thing above all: sporty performance with utmost efficiency. The workings of the combustion engine, electric motor and high-voltage battery are synchronised by the electronic engine management. All processes run smoothly and harmoniously, leaving you to concentrate on what matters the most: driving.
Driving modes
With the Panamera S E-Hybrid you can get involved at any time. There are three different driving modes allowing you to control certain hybrid-specific types of driving. You can then deliberately play out their corresponding strengths. Although, ultimately, you are still always driving a Porsche.
E-Power – E-Power mode (electric driving) is activated as standard. Every journey starts with electricity alone. Fully electric drive with high torque electric motor for an intensive driving experience without using any fuel, e.g. for driving through town or on the way to work. With kick-down, the power available from the whole system can be called upon at any time
E-Charge – E-Charge mode can be activated by pressing a button. The high-voltage battery is charged while driving by the combustion engine which generates more power. Useful for charging while driving, e.g. on motorways, for instance when there is a city route coming up where you will want to drive on electricity
Sport – In Sport mode, the boost is activated when the gas pedal position reaches 80%. The combustion engine and electric motor develop the full performance potential together. For dynamic driving with a suitable gas pedal characteristic, maximum power and maximum torque
The Panamera S E-Hybrid maintains its visual identity with the customary ‘e-hybrid’ logo on the front doors, the ‘Panamera S’ logo on the rear hatch with an Acid Green surround, the same as the needles of the newly developed power meter in the centre of the instrument cluster. The brake calipers are also finished in Acid Green as standard. The features it shares with the Panamera S models – the exterior design and the exquisite styling of the interior – are similarly characteristic.
Verdict: This is a great car. It’s a Porsche so it has all the style, refinement, road presence and performance that you would expect. At first it is a bit strange as it starts up in full electric mode and is completely silent. You do have the drive modes to play with so you are in complete control. The technology in this car is truly astounding. I drove the car from Yorkshire to London for the weekend so it was thoroughly put through its paces. This car it impressive. It is quick yet very economical when using the hybrid modes. Charging is not a problem either as there are more charge points popping up all the time up and down the country and charging at home is quick and easy. Cruising on the motorway the batteries are quickly recharged so you don’t have to plug in to get the benefit of all electric. Porsche have got this right. I love it.

Rating: ****

Road Tested by: Adam McCartney

With thanks to:
Porsche Sheffield Tel: 0114 256 4455 http://www.porsche.co.uk/Sheffied

The facts:
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Power 416 bhp (full hybrid mode)
Top Speed 167 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph) 5.5 secs
Fuel Consumption Combined 91.1 mpg
Price from £84,401.00

 

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