Mathias Muller, Porsche's new CEO and president, confirmed to reporters that aside from a hybrid version of its Panamera sedan, the carmaker is also working on a plug-in hybrid variant. Muller also revealed that Porsche is also considering a variant with a turbocharged V-8. Muller said that Porsche is preparing a business case for the Panamera PHEV mule, which he claims to have recently driven.
Notably, this PHEV hybrid wasn't built upon the standard Panamera Hybrid powertrain, which mates a 3.6-liter V-6 with a 34-kW electric motor. Rather, the test car was based on the Panamera Turbo, which features a 500hp, 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8.
It’s unusual for this hot engine to be paired with a hybrid system but it means that drivers could leave the engine off in daily driving, and only use the powerful V-8 for when they feel like going fast.
This is actually similar to what Porsche had proposed with its 918 Spyder concept, which was recently approved for production. Muller revealed that only 918 examples will be produced and that 257 of these are meant for North America.
Consumers will certainly love the Porsche Panamera, where high performance capabilities and passenger comfort are in one package. The car’s standard features are good enough for themselves, but the optional features take the Panamera’s capabilities further forward.
Dubbed as the Panamera S and 4S, these optional suspension parts give the air volume of each spring in the regular steel suspension a boost. This technology is called adaptive air suspension. You might have recognized this already as a standard feature in the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
With these optional technologies, one can achieve comfortable straight road driving and a sporty performance from the Panamera. Drivers can also opt to equip their Panamera with the Porsche Dynamic Chassic Control. The system, abbreviated as PDCC, can improve the car’s straight-road performance despite the road conditions.
The PDCC system works by balancing the vehicle to prevent body rolls when turning hard around bends. With PDCC installed, drivers can be assured of the Panamera’s agility and steering stability even under extreme loads and at whatever speed the car is being driven at.
With improved traction, a Panamera with PDCC is also a comfort to drive while still providing drivers with a premium driving experience.