2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 21, 2016

At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, a new Porsche Panamera will be introduced. This will be the line’s fourth model and will be known as the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. It will feature controlled all-wheel drive, produce 340kW (462hp) of output and achieve up to 50 km of electric range, thanks to its high fuel efficiency of 2.5L/100km under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for plug-in hybrids, which results in a low 56 g/km CO2 emission figure. Porsche has begun taking orders for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Its base price in Germany is EUR 107,553 including VAT.

Porsche’s hybrids are remarkably noted for implementing sustainable technology without sacrificing performance, as illustrated by the triumph of the 919 Hybrid in the 2015 and 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans races. It thus comes as no surprise that the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was developed under the same philosophy.

When started, the new 2017 Panamera plug-in hybrid operates exclusively in zero-emission electric mode, yet it reaches a speed of 140 km/h for up to 50 kilometres.

But while the four-door all-wheel drive Panamera is a luxury saloon, it performs like a true sportscar, with a 278 km/h maximum speed and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of merely 4.6 seconds. It generates 700 Nm of torque from stationary with no hesitation, which is delivered to all wheels. Additionally, its standard three-chamber air suspension constantly maintains an ideal balance between comfort and performance.

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The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is now available in Europe

Porsche has begun taking orders for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in Germany, with a starting price of €107,553 including VAT. Initial European deliveries are scheduled for mid-April while those for the rest of the world will ensue in 2017.

This new four-wheel drive 340kW/462hp plug-in hybrid represents the fourth new-generation Panamera model, joining three other all-wheel drive models, which are the Panamera Turbo (404 kW/550 hp), the Panamera 4S (324 kW/440 hp) and the Panamera 4S Diesel (310 kW/422 hp). The new Panameras epitomise the Gran Turismo concept, combining sports car performance with passenger car practicality for an uncompromising mix of dynamism and convenience.

“Hybrid Auto” Mode for Unmatched Efficiency

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features the Sport Chrono Package where a mode switch placed on the steering wheel acts in conjunction with the Porsche Communication Management to initiate one of the selected driving modes. Apart from the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes also seen on other Panamera variants featuring the Sport Chrono Package, the 4 E-Hybrid adds the hybrid-specific “E-Power”, “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Charge” and “E-Hold” modes.

The purely-electric “E-Power” mode is the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s unchangeable default starting mode. The “Hybrid Auto” mode is entirely new, and its selection leads to automatic shifting of drive source combinations that ensure unmatched efficiency.

“E-Hold” mode enables driver-managed conservation of the current state of charge until such time that a pure electric, zero-emissions mode is needed, such as when entering an environmental zone. Meanwhile, in the pure petrol “E-Charge” mode, the V6 engine is used for both driving and battery charging, thus requiring extra power generation.

“Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes are selected for maximum performance capabilities. In both modes, the V6 biturbo engine is constantly active. In the “Sport” mode, there is minimal preservation of battery charge in order to maintain ample available e-boost capacities.

The “Sport Plus” mode enables the new Panamera hybrid to achieve top performance, with speeds reaching 278 km/h. This mode also utilises the V6 biturbo engine for the quickest battery recharging it is capable of.

Porsche Advanced Cockpit with hybrid-specific displays

All second-generation Panameras feature the Porsche Advanced Cockpit which has new customisable displays, touch panels and controls. The interactive cockpit is formed by two seven-inch screens with an analogue rev counter between. The 4 E-Hybrid also specifically features a special power meter for hybrid operation. This indicates real-time electrical energy consumption and the amount recovered through recuperation. All of its hybrid-specific displays feature intuitive interfaces with similar implementation as on the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car.

The main PCM display and control unit is a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and all important hybrid-specific readings can be accessed here as well as in the instrument cluster. There are two specifically useful displays: the boost assistant display, which indicates available boosting energy; and the hybrid assistant, where different signals for electrical drive power management can be seen.

New hybrid module and fast-shifting eight-speed PDK

Porsche replaces the electro-hydraulic system on the previous Panamera hybrid with a new module composed of an improved electric motor and V6 petrol engine decoupler. The decoupler is activated promptly by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), resulting in ultra-quick response times.

Like the other second-generation Panameras, the 4 E-Hybrid model features the new Porsche eight-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission for very fast and efficient shifting and four-wheel drive power distribution. This system replaces the previous model’s eight-speed automatic torque converter transmission.

A new liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery placed beneath the luggage compartment supplies power to the electric motor. Remarkably, its energy content is now 14.1 kWh, up from 9.4 previously, but it retains the same weight. It charges fully through a 230V 10A connection after only 5.8 hours, but if the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger (instead of the standard 3.6 kW version) and 230V 32A connection is used, it takes just 3.6 hours.

Charging can also be initiated by a timer through the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Car Connect app (for smartphones and Apple Watch). The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid also features supplementary air conditioning for cabin cooling or heating during charging as part of its standard equipment list.

Innovative hybrid technology adapted from the Porsche 918 Spyder

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was specifically engineered to achieve its exceptional capabilities. It is the first in its segment to feature the new hybrid technology first seen on the 918 Spyder, The 652 kW (887 hp) 918 Spyder recorded an unprecedented Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 6:57 minutes because of the power of its two electric motors.

A slight press on the new Panamera hybrid’s accelerator results in immediate production and distribution of 100kW (136hp) of power and 400 Nm of torque, just like in the 918 Spyder. This represents true instantaneous synchronicity between the electric motor and petrol engine; whereas, its preceding version needed its accelerator to be pressed 80 per cent to the floor to produce the extra electric drive power.

The new Panamera hybrid is also similar to the 918 Spyder because extra power from its electric motor is constantly available. The electric motor works with the new 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine that produces 243 kW (330hp) and 450 Nm torque. Together, they combine to provide superior boosting.

The output from the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s electric motor also contributes to the vehicle’s higher maximum speed. Porsche deems this as their new template for “E-Performance” going forward, where more power and driving fun are assured without compromising fuel efficiency.

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