2014 Porsche Panamera: World’s first luxury hybrid

New and further developed technologies have enabled fuel savings of up to 56 per cent.

The second generation Porsche Panamera GT models will come to Canada in the fall featuring a 416 hp hybrid model.

With the second generation of the Panamera GT sedan, Porsche is introducing the world’s first plug-in hybrid to the luxury class.

Along with the 416 hp Panamera S E-Hybrid, two luxurious Executive versions are also making their debut with an extended wheelbase and an entirely new three-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S.

New and further developed technologies have enabled fuel savings of up to 56 per cent, while further enhancing operating and driving comfort.

The new generation celebrates its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show, which opens its doors on the 21st of April 2013.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid.

The electric drive produces 95 hp (70 kW), which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor at 47 hp (34 kW).

It draws its energy from a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous battery in nickel metal hydride technology.

The new generation of Panamera models will be launched in Canada in the fall. Prices start at $89,500 for the Panamera and $94,800 for the Panamera 4. The Panamera S is priced at $106,600 and the Panamera 4S at $112,500. The Panamera S E-Hybrid will cost $113,300, which is followed by the Panamera GTS at $129,400 and the Panamera 4S Executive at $143,600. The top models are the Panamera Turbo for $161,500 and the Panamera Turbo Executive for $184,100.

Arriving next year are the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive. They will represent the exclusive and sporty pinnacle of the model range.