Porsche is big on hybrid technology. It’s in their Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid. It’s in their phallus-extending, little man-stomping 918 Spyder supercar. Now it’s just filtered down into their all-new Panamera. Ready to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the Panamera 4 plug-in E-Hybrid blends a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine with a high-performance electric motor. When their powers combine you’re looking at 340-kilowatts and 700-Newton Metres of torque.
These are some serious figures. In fact they’re serious enough to provide a claimed top speed of 278 km/h plus an enviable zero-to-one-hundred sprint time of just 4.6-seconds. Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times? Don’t know. Don’t care. Totally irrelevant. Although what is worth knowing is that the new four-seater Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, when enjoyed in emissions-free electric mode, can offer up to 50-kilometers of driving range at a maximum speed of 140 km/h. If you believe the always-optimistic New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), then you’re looking at a claimed fuel consumption figure of 2.5 l/100 km.