Porsche introduces a series of changes to the Panamera line for the 2014 model year that will make some of its cars more powerful and more efficient simultaneously.
The first plug-in hybrid version of the Panamera will arrive in dealers in late fall. This year, the company will begin selling its Panamera S E-Hybrid to replace the old hybrid car. Its electric powertrain offers 95 hp, which is roughly double the old hybrid system’s output. The plug-in hybrid system also uses a much larger battery pack than the previous car and can be plugged in to charge both at home and through public charging stations, Porsche said. With a 0-60 sprint of 5.2 seconds, it really isn’t a slouch either.
Alongside it, the old 4.8 liter V8 disappears from the Panamera S, replaced by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that actually makes 20 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque more than the outgoing mill. Total output climbs to 420 hp and 384 lb-ft.
Porsche is also adding two “executive” models with a 5.9-inch extended wheelbase, which will be offered as variants to the 4S and Turbo models. So equipped, the limousine versions come with standard features including a full leather interior and air suspension. Just like the Panamera S, the Turbo model gets a power bump — this time to 520 hp — while managing an efficiency gain. Last year, the car was rated at 23 mpg on the highway, but this year it rises to 24.
Along with mild power gains, Porsche also increased the starting price for each model by about $2,000.
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