A Review of Porsche’s 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

September 16, 2016

porsche_panamera_hybrid_21Several people hold the notion that hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius have a loveless and boring existence. Well, this isn’t the case with Porsche’s new Panamera hybrid car. There are several reasons why this car is considered an interesting choice for green car enthusiasts. For starters, the vehicle isn’t as ballistic as the P1, the 918 Spyder and the LaFerrari. It is a high-performance hybrid car that people are highly likely to purchase. It will be extremely affordable, which means that you don’t have to part with hundreds of thousands of dollars to get it, although the official price has not yet been confirmed by the automaker.

Contrary to the previous Panamera hybrid, this new 4 E-Hybrid will be an all-wheel-drive. It has a horsepower of 330, a twin-turbocharged 331 lb. with a capacity of 2.9 liters.  Its electric motor will be 100 Kw, producing a 462 HP combined output, with a torque of 516 lb-ft. All these features are linked to a dual-clutch gearbox of eight-speeds. According to Porsche, the new hybrid car will go from 0 to 60 within only 4.4 seconds. This speed is pretty fast when you consider the fact that the car’s weight is almost five thousand pounds.

Porsche’s 4 E-Hybrid has a standard Sport Chrono Package that will let drivers do various forms of performance activities with the vehicle. The V6 remains active in the Sport Plus and Sport modes. In the sport mode, there is maintenance of battery charge at a specific level that ensures that the e-boost capability is sufficient enough when needed. In the sport plus mode, the Panamera is goosed up to a top speed of 172 MPH. The battery is also recharged quickly when the vehicle is set in this mode. The mode also allows you to get the maximum performance level from the system.

Porsche further notes that there is electric power at all times, and this is an upgrade from the previous model. The previous Panamera required users to press the accelerator down so as to activate the E-Boost. For other, slower life situations, the new model has modes that allow drivers to save gas and increase efficiency. The car will begin in fully electric and has a range of approximately 31 miles before attaining a maximum speed at 80 mph. For the remaining part, the driver may choose various modes to balance out electric motor and gasoline engine. The mode chosen depends on whether one wants to charge the battery or save gas.

 

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