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Porsche big up the Panamera S E-Hybrid (video)

Tue, 09 Jul 2013

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid (pictured) is a performance Porsche too

We’ve long seen hybrids, and plug-in hybrids, as the perfect performance weapon for high-end cars, where the addition of an electric motor offers an unbeatable combination of power and economy. That’s the line that Porsche are taking with the new Panamera S E-Hybrid, and they demonstrated that recently by revealing that the new E-Hybrid managed to average 62mpg in the hands of a bunch of motoring journalists on a test day.

Which is an impressive number for any car in the hands of a group of people with lead-lined right feet and clearly demonstrates that the Panamera Hybrid really can do silly mpg even in the real world.

Now Porsche has delivered a video highlighting the technical prowess of the E-Hybrid (below) to demonstrate that the addition of the electric motor means more than just silly economy from a big, powerful 4-door saloon.

Porsche do the usual economy stuff, but they do demonstrate that the E-Hybrid is still very much a real Porsche, with the electric motor contributing significant torque off the line for a quick getaway if you want it, or a silent take-off when you don’t.

With a total of 416bhp on tap, 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, the ability to run in pure electric mode, a real world average of over 60mpg and properly impressive dynamics, it’s hard to find anything not to like in the Panamera. Apart, perhaps, from how it looks.

But that will all change when the Panamera Sport Turismo arrives in a couple of years.

By Cars UK