The Porsche Panamera sports sedan lineup is expanding for the 2014 model year with the addition of three new variants: the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid from Porsche; and two luxurious Executive versions for the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo models. With this launch, the Panamera line-up now increases to nine individual models that offer an extended range between sportiness and comfort.
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The new Panamera S E-Hybrid offers a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and is able to be recharged from home or public vehicle charging stations. The electric drive produces 95 hp, more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor (47 hp). Utilizing the integrated on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source.
The Panamera S E-hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and reach a top track speed of 167 mph.
A new 3.0 twin-turbo V6 engine replaces the previous 4.8-liter V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The new engine is also used in the new Panamera 4S Executive and offers an additional 20 hp and 15 lb.-ft. of additional torque, with an increase of up to 17 percent in fuel economy.
The new Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive models, which feature a wheelbase extended by 5.9 inches, allow even more rear seating comfort and come with an extensive range of standard features, including a full leather interior. All Executive models are equipped with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which combines superior performance and enhanced ride comfort.
For the 2014 Panamera Turbo, power was increased by 20 hp to 520 hp, while its highway fuel consumption improved by four percent to 24 EPA mpg. The added power lets the top model sprint from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.7 seconds, with a top track speed of 189 mph.
The naturally aspirated V8 engine in the new Panamera GTS has also improved for 2014, by 10 hp to 440 hp, along with a four percent increase in highway mpg.
New Panamera models will be available in the U.S. starting late in 2013. Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive variants will be available in 2014.