The Porsche Panamera is already the epitome of a luxury Gran Turismo, and now with its newest models, the Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid and Panamera Turbo Executive S and 4S long-wheelbase. Much like its expansive 911 model line, the latest additions to the Panamera continue to broaden a lineup that seemingly has something for most every buyer interested in its four-door GT. The new models are part of an overall revamp of the 2014 Panamera lineup that will be showcased at the upcoming Shanghai auto show.
Panamera S E-Hybrid:
The S E-Hybrid offers a more powerful engine as well as a higher-performance battery (supplying more energy) than the Panamera S Hybrid it replaces that produces 95 hp compared to the 47 hp of the previous generation, the electric drive gets its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack that's five times the previous generation's capacity. If plugged into an industrial outlet, charging can take as little as 2.5 hours (using the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger).
While EPA ratings haven't yet been released for the S E-Hybrid it's expected to improve on the 25 mpg combined of the outgoing Panamara Hybrid. Porsche claims all-electric driving range at between 11-22 miles. Top speed using the all-electric motor is pegged at 83 mph before the engine kicks in. Top speed is 167 mph. With 416 combined horsepower, its 0-62 mph time is shortened by half a second to 5.5 compared to the previous generation.
Helping to reach top speed is the electric boost function, where the electric motor's performance boosts that of the combustion engine. Driving at higher speeds doesn't always drain energy, the coasting feature, where energy recovery begins by shutting off the combustion engine generates electricity.
Utilizing the latest technology, Porsche offers smart phone integration. Functions that can be used with the smart phone are: charge status indicator, auxiliary climate control (preheating or cooling) via Porsche Car Connect, battery management, and remote access to vehicle information (such as remaining range, or even helping the driver back to their car). But non-specific S E-Hybrid functions are available for other Panamera models.
Panamera S and 4S:
Panamera S and 4S models receive a new engine, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that produces 420 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. That's 20 hp and 15 lb-ft more than the outgoing 4.8-liter V-8 engine, and the new six-cylinder mill should also be more fuel efficient.
New optional equipment for all versions of the 2014 Porsche Panamera includes lane-departure warning; full-LED headlights; and Porsche Active Safe, which can warn the driver of an impending collision and apply additional braking force.
Panamera Executive S, 4S long wheelbase:
Stretching the wheelbase by 5.9-inches, the long wheelbase offers more space and comfort. Not only does the LWB add to ride comfort according to Porsche, but the brand's air suspension is standard on all Executive models.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera goes on sale in the U.S. later this year, although Turbo S and Turbo S Executive models won't arrive until early next year. Pricing for all new models, including a $975 destination charge, is as follows: Panamera, $79,075; Panamera 4, $83,775; Panamera S, $94,175; Panamera 4S, $99,275; Panamera S E-Hybrid, $99,975; Panamera GTS, $114,375; Panamera 4S Executive, $126,575; Panamera Turbo, $142, 275; Panamera Turbo Executive, $162,075.