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The world’s most thrilling contradiction

By mchamberlainqz
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The plug-in hybrid gets a jolt

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is the world’s first plug-in hybrid sports car for four. Harmoniously combining the soul-stirring performance typical of any Porsche engine with the smart efficiency of plug-in electric power, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is designed to deliver an authentic Porsche experience that’s as suitable for daily driving as it is for weekend joyrides. It’s a groundbreaking embodiment of Porsche Intelligent Performance: our belief that superior performance demands superior efficiency. It does everything you expect from a Porsche. In a way that was previously unimaginable.

Porsche performance

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is equipped with two power plants—a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine and an electric motor. Combined, they deliver 416 hp and 435 lb.-ft torque at low rpms. The Panamera S E-Hybrid takes full advantage of this power with an innovative Tiptronic eight-speed transmission that shifts seamlessly for maximum driver control and ride comfort. True sports car handling comes via its standard adaptive air suspension (including Porsche Active Suspension Management), which features a greater range between comfort and performance. As evidenced by a 0–60 time of 5.2 seconds and top track speed of 167 mph, there is no compromise between the two.

Plug-in efficiency

Perhaps even more impressive than these performance numbers, is the fact that the Panamera S E-Hybrid delivers such performance so efficiently. Driving in electric-only mode, it has an estimated range of up to 22 miles, and can reach speeds of over 84 mph without assistance from the combustion engine. The 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in about 2.5 hours with a 240v socket, and can also be charged during regular driving via e-charge mode, utilizing combustion engine and brake recuperation.

Mobile technology

The Panamera S E-Hybrid employs cutting-edge technology to connect with its driver, even when they’re not behind the wheel. With the Porsche Car Connect smartphone app, drivers can remotely monitor the vehicle and schedule charges, as well as display range and battery status.

This article was written by Porsche and not by the Quartz editorial staff.

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