You know you’ve been waiting for it. The American debut of the Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid. We’ve been writing about it since it was first mentioned earlier this year, and now it looks like it is set for a fall 2013 landing here – that is, if you have the $99,000 for it.
Yes, I know, that’s a lot for a plug-in hybrid, but it is Porsche, so what do you expect? The automaker, when announcing the Panamera S E-Hybrid, also talked about the general expansion of its Panamera model line, and none of the other models were any cheaper to be sure. The most baseline offering, for example, started at $78,100, while the very top of the line “Turbo Executive” skimmed in at $161,100. It also prices for less than the BMW i8 plug in hybrid, which comes in at $135,000+.
Said to improve upon the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor, it also claims, according to Porsche,
a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public charging stations. The electric drive produces 95 hp, double the power of the previous model’s electric motor (47 hp). Electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kWh).
Via the integrated on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 167 mph.
Though there’s no mention yet of fuel consumption numbers, etc, for the plug-in option, we can get some ideas from the previous hybrid offering. Its fuel economy, an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined, were on the lower end among hybrid sedans, but gas-sipping compared to sibling Panamera Turbo, which gets 15 mpg city, 23 highway, and 18 mpg combined.