Updated for 2014, Porsche has also added a selection of new powetrain options to its Panamera sedan, as well as a long-wheelbase executive model.
Starting with the Panamera S and 4S models, the 4.8-liter V8 engine will be replaced by a down-sized biturbo 3.0-liter V6. While smaller, the new engine delivers both more power and more torque, with horsepower rising by 20 hp for a new total of 420 hp, while torque rises slightly to 384 lb-ft, with more thrust at low rpm. Porsche also claims a fuel economy improvement of up to 18 percent.
More dramatic fuel economy numbers can be had with the all-new Panamera S E-Hybrid, which Porsche claims is the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury car category. An improvement upon the conventional Panamera Hybrid the electric motor is twice as powerful at 95 hp thanks in part to a lithium-ion battery pack that has five times the energy capacity of the old nickel metal hydride unit. Porsche claims an improvement in fuel economy of 56 percent, from 33 mpg on the European test cycle to an amazing 76 mpg.
Porsche claims an all-electric range of 18 to 36 km (11 to 22 miles) in every day use with a top electric speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). In addition, outright performance has been improved as well, with a 5.5 second 0-62 mph time – a half second faster than the hybrid.
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Like all plug-in cars the Panamera S E-Hybrid will be paired with a smart phone app that can control a host of features, from smart charging, to checking the remaining charge level, to preheating or cooling the vehicle.
The charging time itself is four hours using a conventional household outlet or just 2.5 hours when using a more powerful outlet.
Set to make their debut at the Auto China show in Shanghai, two additional models will also be revealed, catering to the country’s love of large cars. The extended wheelbase Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera 4S Executive will offer a 15-cm (6-inch) longer wheelbase with more rear set legroom and an air suspension for maximum comfort.
For 2014, all Panamera models get updated looks including larger front air intakes, a more angled and wider rear window, plus a wider rear spoiler, new taillights and headlights – optional as LEDs. New standard features include a multifunction steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights and a power trunk lid.
As though these updates weren’t enough, Porsche is promising more new models soon, though it’s unlikely most of them will be offered in North America. They include an upgraded diesel engine in the Panamera with 300 hp as well as a Panamera Turbo S Executive model. A 2014 Panamera Turbo S will, however, arrive for the US shortly as well.
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