Porsche expects Panamera S E-Hybrid to account for 10,000 sales

Article by Anita Panait, on July 31, 2013

Porsche is expecting the Panamera S E-Hybrid to account for around 10,000 sales, double the figure for its first-generation hybrid. The number is also equivalent to 10 percent of the Panamera 's expected global sales over its life cycle. Porsche’s upbeat forecast for the Panamera S E-Hybrid could be attributed to that fact that the model’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is significantly much better than the full-hybrid variant it replaces.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid 's electric drive provides up to 95 hp of output compared with 34 hp the full hybrid returns. The significant rise in power output is thanks to the setup wherein Panamera S E-Hybrid gets its energy from a 9.4-kWh lithium ion battery. On the other hand, Porsche’s first-generation hybrid draws it energy from a 1.7-kWh nickel-metal hydride battery.

Panamera model line chief Gernot Doellner told Automotive News Europe in an interview during the S E-Hybrid launch in Germany that “it is a big step from the first-generation hybrid to the plug-in hybrid.” He noted that the Panamera S E-Hybrid provides more than five times more energy compared to the first-generation hybrid."

Panamera S E-Hybrid is also powered by a supercharged V-6 gasoline engine that provides 333-hp, making combined output reach 416 hp. According to Porsche, the Panamera S E-Hybrid consumes just 3.1 liters per 100km, compared to the 7.1l/100km fuel use of the previous hybrid. This is equivalent to emissions of 71 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Panamera S E-Hybrid reach a top speed of 135kph in all-electric model and has a range of up to 36km on battery power only. When combined, the gasoline and electric systems allows the new hybrid reach a top speed of 270kph. According to Doellner, over half of all first-generation Panamera hybrids were leased and he believes the trend will remain for the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a starting price EUR110,409 in Germany.

The Porsche Panamera’s superior audio and communication equipment, coupled with Porsche’s superbly comfortable features, makes it stand out in the global luxury car class, giving its passengers the highest quality of comfort and convenience. For the Panamera hybrid variant, a 7-inch touch screen is provided as its command center monitor, packaged with either the CDR-31 Audio System or the optional Porsche Communication Management or PCM with a high-speed hard drive navigation module. A 7-inch, high-resolution screen for the PCM system can crisply display a 3D navigation map. When switched to split-screen mode, two simultaneous functions can be displayed on the screen for further passenger convenience, such as displaying both the navigation map and routing guidance list.

Furthermore, several other valuable functions can be found on the PCM system, such as an integrated telephone module, an electronic logbook, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phone and a voice-activated control system. And to raise the Panamera’s convenience features a notch higher, a convenient optional universal audio interface has been made available for connecting smartphones and other USB devices.

For the utmost convenience of its rear passengers, the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is provided with a personal entertainment system, courtesy of the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment from the Porsche Exclusive options. Two adjustable 7-inch consoles with TFT screens are fused into the backrests of the front seats, complete with integrated individual players and wireless headphones. The consoles are also provided with touch screens for added convenience, while finely-crafted leather covers the perimeter of the consoles, to match and complement the Panamera S Hybrid’s luxurious interior cabin.

Another impressive option of the Panamera S Hybrid is its powerful high-fidelity, 545-watt BOSE Surround Sound System. Unlike other competitor brands such as the Maserati Gran Turismo, whose subwoofer is concealed in the flooring of its luggage compartment, the Panamera S Hybrid’s sub-woofer is molded into the loading edge of the luggage compartment. This allows the S Hybrid to locate its traction battery and cooling system in the luggage compartment flooring. The BOSE Surround System definitely raises the bar for sound reproduction quality, and when used with the PCM, a truly remarkable 5.1 surround sound quality is produced for the ultimate listening pleasure of the Panamera S Hybrid’s passengers.

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