Porsche even unveiled an all-electric version of its Boxster sports car this week and confirmed that a production version will eventually be produced.
That’s already quite a tally for a company focused on building sports cars but Porsche has even more electrified vehicle plans up its sleeve. The sports car company from Stuttgart has revealed today the new 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, which will be making its world debut next month at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and should be on sale in the second half of the year.
The new model develops 380 horsepower from a combination of a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. Porsche claims it’s good for a fuel economy of 34.6 mpg for the European combined cycle. Note that this figure applies only when the car is equipped with Michelin low rolling resistance tires. Switch to standard tires and you’re looking at a fuel economy of 33 mpg.
2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
Like many rival hybrids, Porsche’s hybrid system can enable short distances to be covered on electric power alone, free of emissions and noise up to speeds of almost 53 mph. However, the driving range on electric power alone is only 1.24 miles.
Another standout feature is the ability to cruise at high speeds without the aid of the gasoline engine. The engine can be completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain at speeds of up to 103 mph, eliminating any drag forces. You may recognize this as the same system found in the Cayenne S Hybrid. For more details on the setup, click here.
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