The German car manufacturer has announced its first plug-in hybrid car, the Panamera S E-Hybrid. This four-door sedan is no slouch in the performance with its parallel hybrid gas/electric combo power plant generating 416 hp. The car gets 95 of those horses from its electric motor, and the other 320 hp from its all-new 3.0-Liter bi-turbo V6 gas engine.
Compared with the Porsche Panamera S hybrid, this new plug-in version shaves off a half-second to get from 0 to 60 mph, making the run in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 165 mph. Porsche didn't quote mileage numbers, a stat that's of crucial importance to buyers of most green cars. Porsche spokesperson said that the E-Hybrid's mileage numbers won't be available until the EPA has tested the car, which "will be happening a lot closer to when the car rolls out in November or early December."
Porsche says the older Panamera S Hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon (EPA highway) and to "expect considerable improvement on that number with the S E-Hybrid,". Under the hood, the tech inside this new plug-in from Porsche is similar to that of the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Both cars let you drive in electric-only mode for about 20 miles before their batteries are depleted, and then they automatically switch into combined gas/electric mode.
Porsche will also give you iOS and Android apps to keep tabs on the car's functions, location and charging status, as well as the ability to preheat or cool the car from the comfort of your home or office. This Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid can accelerate to 84 mph on electric power alone, considerably faster than Ford's C-Max plug-in.