Porsche, maker of some of the world’s fastest and most luxurious sports cars, recently announced that it would soon unveil its second production hybrid model, the Panamera S Hybrid. The manufacturer claims that the new model will be the most fuel efficient Porsche of all time.
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The Panamera S Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and has a top track speed of 167 mph (270 km/h). Combined with low-rolling-resistance tires, the new Panamera model produces 380 horsepower with fuel consumption of only 6.8 L/100 km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Without the special tires, fuel consumption is a low 7.1 L/100 km. Official EPA fuel economy estimates are not yet available.
The Porsche parallel full hybrid system also reduces consumption while driving at high speeds thanks to its ‘sailing’ or coasting mode. When the driver lifts off the accelerator at normal highway cruising speeds, the gasoline engine is completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain by a decoupling clutch. This eliminates the combustion engine’s drag forces and braking effect in the interest of lower resistance, fuel consumption and emissions.
As soon as the driver presses the accelerator, to pass another vehicle for example, the gasoline engine smoothly starts within fractions of a second and engine rpms are increased to match the current vehicle speed.
The Panamera S Hybrid sounds amazing and looks truly stunning. It will go on sale in the United States later in 2011, but with a base suggested retail price of $95,000 (excluding destination), it’s likely that most people will only experience it in pictures.
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