The Porsche Panamera Hybrid is a gasoline-electric version of the German auto manufacturer’s Panamera luxury four-door sedan. Porsche premiered the Panamera at the Shanghai International Automobile Show in China in the spring of 2009. The name came from the Carrera Panamericana race. The Panamera Hybrid was released in 2011, alongside a diesel version of the Panamera. A facelift to the Panamera was announced in the spring of 2013, and a plug-in hybrid version of the Panamera was exported to the United States in November of 2013. The Porsche Panamera is assembled at a Porsche production facility in Leipzig, Germany, after the engines are built in Stuttgart and the bodies are built in a Volkswagen Group plant in Hannover. .
The Panamera is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle, although buyers can opt for an upgrade to a four-wheel-drive version. Unlike most of Porsche’s other offerings, which are primarily lightweight performance-oriented cars, the Panamera is a full-sixe luxury vehicle, and is perceived poorly by many Porsche purists. Unlike vehicles such as the Porsche 911, the Panamera is designed to compete with other executive vehicles from luxury automakers, and the standard features and options on the Panamera, including the Panamera Hybrid, reflect this objective. Porsche is also planning a four-door convertible version of the Panamera, based on patents the company has filed for the vehicle’s design.
The Porsche Panamera Hybrid features the same drivetrain as the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. It is a gasoline supercharged 3-liter V6 engine sourced from Audi, thanks to the Volkswagen Group’s ownership of both the Porsche and Audi brands. The gasoline engine on its own yields 328 horsepower, but it’s paired to a 46 horsepower electric motor and an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission that was also sourced from the Cayenne. The Panamera Hybrid is capable of a 0-60 acceleration time of 6 seconds, and a top speed of 167 miles per hour. The 2012 and 2013 model years of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid earned Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings go 22 miles per gallon city, 30 miles per gallon highway, and 25 miles per gallon combined,
The Panamera Hybrid is available exclusively as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. It comes equipped with 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, adaptive and auto-leveling bi-xenon headlights, LED accents in the headlights and in the taillights, parking sensors in the front and rear, a sunroof, dual zone automatic climate control, a climate controlled glove compartment, a power hatch lift function, eight-way power front seats, a center-mounted 7-inch display for the navigation system, Bluetooth wireless integration, and an 11-speaker audio system with USB and iPod integration. Safety equipment includes ceramic-composite anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera, stability control, front airbags, front and rear side airbags, and side curtain airbags.