It’s officially confirmed, Porsche’s newest plug-in hybrid car is about to hit the road by next year. The German automaker has finally revealed a new plug-in hybrid version of its flagship sedan and its latest entry in the hybrid category, the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a four-wheel drive hybrid vehicle that is specifically designed to take on existing hybrid cars in the market. This new plug-in hybrid version of Panamera represents Porsche’s first big move toward more affordable pricing and middle market, as opposed to its recent hybrid model, Panamera 4S Diesel.
In the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Porsche is introducing a much more powerful hybrid, a combination of 136 horsepower electric motor and the Audi-sourced 330 horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine that produces a maximum of 456 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Power is sent to all four wheels through a ZF-sourced eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is derived from the gearbox used in the conventional powered Panamera models. The new hybrid also uses Porsche’s twin-clutch PDK gearbox and comes with an array of driving modes on top of the standard ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’ options.
In all-electric mode, the hybrid’s top speed is limited only to 140 km/h (87 mph). But with the Audi-sourced, Porsche-adapted 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the new hybrid enables all-wheel drive and a top speed of 278 km/h.
Additionally, the new hybrid has also received some serious tech upgrades. The car gets unique programming for its dual 7-inch displays and the massive 12.3-inch touchscreen that shows various driving and power figures.
Other major highlights include an E-Hold setting that enables the car to switch into the gas-only mode to preserve its battery power, an E-Power mode that relies solely on electricity, a Hybrid Auto mode for maximum gas and electric power efficiency, and an E-Charge mode to keep the car’s battery pack fully charged.
In addition to the various driving modes, the car can also be monitored via Porsche Car Connect app, which is available for iOS and Android.
Pricing has not yet been announced and official EPA fuel efficiency figures haven’t been released. The 2018 Panamera 4E-Hybrid is expected to go on sale by next year.
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