Porsche Unveils Panamera S Hybrid Ahead Of Geneva

Porsche has just unveiled the new Panamera S Hybrid ahead of its scheduled debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Porsche is about the make the old-timers cry once again, as not only have they made the Panamera sedan, but now, the automaker has placed a hybrid motor into its loins. The new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche decided to give the world a sneak peak before the big day.

The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid will pack a total of 380 horsepower that will get the sedan to 62 miles per hour in six seconds flat and onto a top speed of 168 miles per hour. This combination will only put out 159 g/km of CO2.

The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine produces most of those ponies, but 47 horses are created using an electric motor. This system is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Porsche say that the Panamera S Hybrid can be powered on the electric engine or the regular combustion engine, or if needed, by both in unison.

The electric motor’s power is stored in a nickel-metal hydride battery, which is recharged when the Porsche comes to a stop, thanks to regenerative braking. Porsche states that this new Panamera will be able to get 41.5 miles per gallon in the UK, which is around 34.5 miles per gallon in the United States.

Now that the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid has been unveiled, the automaker now produces six versions of the sedan. This version will carry a price tag of around £86,146, which works out to be $138,000. Porsche has not yet said if the sedan will be coming to the United States, but it would be a massive shock and a disappointment if it didn’t. After all, Americans love their hybrids, especially in California.

The Panamera S Hybrid will go on sale in the UK in June 2011.


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