New Porsche Panamera hybrid variants for Australia
Porsche adds more powerful hybrid vehicles to the Panamera line-up, with an extended EV-only range
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
The $420,800 flagship Turbo S E-Hybrid packs some serious punch. This PHEV has a thumping 4.0-litre V8, with two bi-turbochargers. That means, along with its 100kW electric motor, the car has a maximum power output of 514kW and a staggering 870Nm of torque on tap.
Though the company did not disclose the actual electric-only mode range for the vehicle, they did state that the distance you can travel on battery power has increased, thanks to a larger 17.9kWh battery. Porsche engineers also reworked the driving modes to further boost efficiency.
Acceleration times have dropped accordingly. Zero to 100km/h is now clocked at just 3.2 seconds. Flat out, the Turbo S E-Hybrid will do 315km/h!
Porsche designers differentiate the S with larger side air ducts and twin C-shaped light units that are unique to the model. Stylists also tweaked the rear light bar for a more dynamic appearance. Buyers also benefit from cabin air ionisation and 18-way adjustable sport seats.
New entry-model PHEV Panamera
The Porsche 4 E-Hybrid evidently gets the same battery bank upgrade, with a smaller, 2.9-litre V6 biturbo electrified block. Cumulative power is rated at 340kW. A press release from Porsche Australia confirmed this was the new entry model to the Panamera range. The recommended retail price starts from $245,900.
This Panamera still manages a rapid 0-100km/h time. Porsche says it'll take only 4.4 seconds to smash through 100km/h, and it'll keep going all the way to 280km/h!
What else is new?
Porsche tasked boffins with improving the infotainment system, which has a crisper display. Other advancements include an optimised voice-control system. Drivers can also make use of wireless Apple CarPlay and check real-time traffic updates. There's an updated steering system under the body delivering more feel and responsiveness as well as new tyres.
Aussie market models, as standard, now boast LED matrix headlamps, power steering plus, vented front seats, lane change assist (LCA), a head-up display (HYD) and soft-closing doors.
Panamera buyers get more options
The options list has also grown. Buyers can have smoky "Exclusive Design" taillights installed at the factory. These feature animations when you arrive or depart from home. Porsche has also added extra alloy wheel designs, in either 20- or 21-inch diameters. There are also two new paint finishes to choose from: Cherry Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic.
When will the new Panamera E-Hybrids arrive in Australia?
Porsche confirmed you can order the next-generation models now. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in Q1 of 2021.
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