New 2020 Porsche Panamera hybrid: prices, pictures and specs of 4S E-Hybrid revealed
Porsche has revealed a range-wide update of its Panamera supersaloon, including a new plug-in hybrid version of the high-performance four-door, known as the 4S E-Hybrid. It's priced at £101,690 in standard form, and £103,840 as a 'Sport Turismo' shooting-brake estate.
Porsche describes the car's drive system as "completely new", putting out 552bhp in total (compared to the current 4 E-Hybrid's 456bhp) and claims a 30% increase in electric range over previous Panamera hybrids.
A 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine making 434bhp is combined with a 134bhp electric motor for the 552bhp total output, with maximum torque quoted as 750Nm. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds (compared to 4.6 seconds for the 4 E-Hybrid) and top speed is 185mph.
The latest Panamera hybrid is also more efficient than the outgoing car; fuel consumption is quoted as improving from 86 to 94mpg, while CO2 emissions are as low as 51g/km – again, an improvement on the current car's low of 60g/km.
An increase in battery capacity to 17.9kWh (compared to the previous Panamera hybrid's 14.1kWh) sees the quoted electric range in city driving conditions rise to 34 miles, from the old car's 22-27 miles. Pure-electric, hybrid, charge hold, engine charge and performance-orientated Sport and Sport Plus driving modes are all available.
The 4S E-Hybrid drivetrain is offered across the full range of Panamera, Panamera Executive (long-wheelbase) and Panamera Sport Turismo (estate, pictured above) bodystyles, although the Executive is special order only in the UK. Exterior design tweaks include the previously optional 'Sport Design' nose styling – made up of air intake grilles, large side cooling openings and a single-bar front light module – now becoming standard on all models.
Elsewhere, the light strip across the tail of the car now runs seamlessly over the luggage compartment lid, and is intended to provide a continuous and flowing connection between the two newly designed LED light clusters. Three new 20 and 21-inch wheel choices have been added to the wheel range; a total of 10 different designs are now available.
All models in the revised Panamera line-up also get improvements to their active suspension and roll-control systems, as well as steering and tyre tweaks, all intended to boost both comfort and handling.