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Panamera inherits Cayenne hybrid drive

Porsche has extended its Cayenne-based hybrid drive technology the Panamera range. According to the German car maker, the Panamera S Hybrid will combine a total power output of 380bhp with emissions of 159g/km and 41.5mpg fuel economy on combined mode.

The Panamera S Hybrid’s pure electric driving range is 1.25 miles, with driving in this mode possible for 53mph. The Porsche hybrid drive offering is the only system in the world able to exploit additional consumption reserves thanks to its so-called ‘sailing’ function. During phases when no power is required from the combustion engine, ‘sailing’ entails switching off the engine and disengaging the drivetrain at speeds of up to 103mph in the Panamera S Hybrid and 97mph in the Cayenne S Hybrid.

Like the SUV, the Panamera S Hybrid features a supercharged 3-liter V6 engine delivering 333bhp, which is supported by a 47bhp electric motor. The electric motor operates as a generator and a starter and together with the separating clutch, it forms the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission. The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery where the electrical energy recovered while braking and driving is stored. Power transmission is handled by the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic S, with a wide spread of ratios, as already fitted to the Cayenne. Efficiency levels of the Panamera S Hybrid are further boosted thanks to lower rolling resistance tires specially-developed by Michelin.

With the introduction of the new hybrid, the Panamera range now comprises six different models with a choice of two- and four-wheel drive systems and four engines.

 

22 February 2011


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