Porsche shows a ‘Shooting Brake’
PANAMERA WITH A HYBRID TWIST: Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo concept at the 2012 Paris auto show previews the automaker's new plug-in hybrid and a possible new body style for the range.
Porsche has used the Paris auto show to showcase its vision of a next-generation “every day” sports car (is the 911 not enough?) with the latest version of its hybrid drive technology.
The Panamera Sport Turismo, Porsche said, also offers a glimpse of the automaker’s sports car of the future.
NO MIRRORS, PLEASE
The concept car, which appears to follow the Shooting Brake design principle, is 1990mm wide, stands 1401mm high and is 4950mm long. It has short overhangs and a large boot lid described by Porsche as “sporty and functional”.
Design details include indicators and parking lights integrated into C-shaped units (‘C-Blades’) in the front air inlets and four-point diode headlights.
There are no additional protruding body parts to add drag. Regular external mirrors, for example, have been replaced by a camera in each side air vent whose images are projected on to the driver’s information screen.
The dual-spoke, two-tone wheels incorporate Porsche’s signature hub locks, which hark to the brand’s motorsport heritage; the brake callipers are also green.
“e-hybrid” badges on the car’s flanks refer to its plug-in hybrid drive technology – the lithium-ion battery pack can be charged from the standard power grid, too. The new electric motor produces about 70kW, while the supercharged three-litre V6 engine still produces 245kW.
The combined system power output is 306kW, which allows the concept to be driven in pure electric mode at up to 130km/h for around 30km. Porsche quotes 0-100km/h in less than six seconds.
Additionally, Porsche says the Sport Turismo returns a combined fuel consumption figure of less than 3.5 litres/100km, while CO2 emissions are less than 82g/km.
The drive system is developed from the parallel full-hybrid system already used in Porsche’s Panamera and Cayenne.
In the Sport Turismo, the e-hybrid’s default mode is battery, but the driver may deactivate this by pressing a button on the steering wheel. When driving in hybrid mode, the driver can also select the e-charge mode to intentionally intensify charging of the battery.
The Panamera concept also displays Porsche’s idea of a purist’s dream cabin - as little clutter as possible.
Replacing classic instruments is a large colour display in front of the driver showing any vehicle information required while two monitors, one on each side of the display, project images from the “wing mirror” cameras.
The e-hybrid function is activated and controlled via the touchscreen display where drivers can also control a host of additional car functions such as the reversing camera and seat adjustment.
The communication system allows a driver with a smartphones to use an app to access and control vehicle information and remotely manage certain functions, such as turning on the aircon remotely. It will also allow for remote “charge control” where the driver can see how much charge the battery has stored and predicts how long the charging process will take.
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