The new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is clearly for those who'd like to burn some serious rubber while still being caring to mother earth. And the car will also be there at the Paris Motor Show, which Porsche claimed via a PR will make for the unique scenario where the new 911 racing car will also make its debut, what with both coming across as high performance machines but with opposing viewpoints. The 911 racer is a gas guzzler all its way.
As revealed in the Porsche press release, the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has a combined power rating 462 hp, which owes it to the 330 hp 2.9-liter V6 gasoline engine that it comes equipped with along with a 100-kW electric motor. The max torque rating being quoted is an equally impressive 516 lb-ft while the E-Hybrid will also have an all-electric range of 31 miles.
The other significant attribute of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is its 113mpg fuel economy rating while releasing just 56 gms of CO2 every kilometer. A second hybrid version with even more spirited performance credentials is also believed to be in the works though as Auto Express stated, details of that are being kept under wraps as of now.
The new 4 E-Hybrid also marks a significant departure in the way power is delivered compared to its predecessor. While in the 4 E-Hybrid, the electric power kicks in the moment the pedal is pressed, the same in previous gen Panamera Hybrid required the pedal to be pressed at least 80 percent for the full powered to be available.
The new Panamera Hybrid will also feature several driving modes. Those include E-Hold, where the current charge of the battery will be held on to. Then there is the E-Charge mode that charges the batteries while on the move while Hybrid-Auto will allow the car's extensive software algorithms to decide which power source to drain from.
Porsche had earlier unleashed one of its crown jewels, the 919 Hybrid race car on the roads in London to promote its new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Digital Trends reported. Not surprisingly, the move had taken many of the early morning London commuters by surprised as it is not every day that one gets to see racing cars plying on public roads.
Behind the wheels was Mark Webber, the ex-Formula One driver who also won the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship in a 919. He made his way through some of the most iconic landmarks in London which included the likes of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Parliament and the London Eye.