Porsche’s newest hybrid isn’t messing around.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the newest member of the second-gen Panamera family, makes its debut in a couple of weeks with an impressive dose of muscle. We’re talking 462-horses and 516 pound-feet of torque delivered to all four wheels through an 8-speed transmission.
The plug-in hybrid will take its official bow at September’s Paris Motor Show, but Porsche is already releasing a few photos.
Porsche is getting those kind of numbers thanks to a new recently introduced powertrain. It’s a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 gas engine combined with an electric motor. The automaker says it was originally developed for the 918 Spyder.
A key difference with the new engine strategy is that every bit of electric juice is available at all times.
In the older Panamera Hybrid, the accelerator pedal had to be pressed at least 80 percent of the way down to get maximum electric motivation.
It all-electric range will take you 31-miles on a fully charged battery. It’ll go up to 86 mph using the battery alone. But kick in the gas engine, and you’re really talking. It can hit a top track speed of 172 mph and will break the 0-60 barrier in just 4.4 seconds.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. next summer. More details when the hybrid Panamera makes it debut. Until now, here’s a video to tide you over.