Aiming to prove that its loft fuel economy claims won’t disappoint in the real world Porsche has released the results tallied after a group of international journalists spent a day in the new Panamera plug-in hybrid.
Officially rated to achieve 3.1 l/100 km (75.9 mpg) on the European test cycle, the average fuel economy returned by the 42 journalists was 4.4 l/100 km or roughly 54 mpg. The numbers were tallied after a total distance of 1,200 km was put on the car using a 28.7 km test loop that included 6.5 km of city driving as well as 13 km on the Autobahn, with speeds as high as 230 km/h attained. The best recorded fuel economy by one journalist was an incredible 2.8 l/100 km or roughly 84 mpg.
The average speed during the test was 54 km/h, compared to just 33 km/h in the official NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) testing.
Using a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 mated to a 95 hp electric motor the Panamera S e-Hybrid makes a total system output of 416 hp and a 5.5 second zero to 62 mph time. Porsche claims a zero-emissions 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). Pricing is set at $99,975 including delivery.
GALLERY: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid