COMING TO SA: The Porsche Panamera hybrid is set to arrive in South Africa by mid-2017. Image: Supplied / Porsche SA
Johannesburg - The 2016 Paris Motor Show will see Porsche unveil its latest addition to its Panamera line-up; the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
The new hybrid is fitted with all-wheel drive and Porsche claims a pure battery-powered range of 50km.
The plug-in hybrid generates 340kW/700Nm and with a claimed fuel consumption of 2.5-litres/100km and emissions of 56g/km.
Purely electric range of 50km
The new Porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in purely electric mode and continues as a zero-emission vehicle up to a range of 50km at a maximum speed of 140km/h. The all-wheel Porsche achieves a top speed of 278km/h.
Gallery: 2017 Porsche Panamera Hybrid
The four-door hybrid sportscar breaks the 100km/h sprint in just 4.6 seconds.
Hybrid strategy based on the 918 Spyder
As with the 918 Spyder, the power of the Panamera electric motor - 100kW/400Nm - is made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal, says Porsche. Following the same set-up of the super sportscar, the electric motor is available to deliver additional power at all times.
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Together with the performance characteristics of the new 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine(243kW/450Nm), Porsche says the power unit 'generates impressive boost'.
The high-voltage battery takes just 5.8 hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection. If the driver chooses to use the optional 7.2kW on-board charger and a 230-V, 32-A connection instead of the standard 3.6kW charger on the Panamera, the battery fully charges in just 3.6 hours.
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The first units of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can be expected locally by mid-2017. Prices have not yet been announced.