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Porsche President Confirms a Panamera Plug-In Hybrid

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On: Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche President Confirms a Panamera Plug-In Hybrid

On a busy first day at the helm of Porsche, new CEO and president Mathias Muller revealed that Porsche is working on a plug-in hybrid version of its Panamera hybrid. Muller told press that he had driven the prototype version of the new plug-in and called the car "very convincing." The model hasn't been confirmed for production, and Porsche is still considering its viability. The good news is that it looks like the company may be following suit of its 918 Spyder in making the plug-in Panamera a model that combines high-end performance with greener intentions.

The version of the Panamera discussed is built upon the Panamera Turbo's 500-hp 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8. The plug-in hybrid will get an unspecified electric motor in addition to that big powerplant and should be able to offer emissions-free city driving as well as electric-assisted high performance.

This new plug-in model is distinct from the non-plug-in Panamera hybrid that Porsche has been known to be working on for several years. That model will be based on the Cayenne S Hybrid's powertrain: a parallel hybrid system pairing a 333 hp supercharged 3-liter V6 and a 47 hp electric motor. In July, Porsche confirmed that the Panamera S Hybrid will launch by the end of next year. In the Cayenne, the hybrid powertrain boosts efficiency by 20 percent while delivering all-electric driving at speeds up to 31 mph.

So if Porsche does green-light this newly mentioned plug-in model, it will sell both a parallel hybrid and plug-in hybrid in the Panamera family.

So far, there's no reason to believe that these models wouldn't be a success. Despite a less than enthusiastic reaction from sports car fanatics, the Panamera has been a rousing success for Porsche. Not only did it win Bloomberg "Car of the Year" honors last year, it recently reached more than 22,500 sales in its first year on the market. The Panamera's strong sales helped Porsche enjoy an 18 percent boost in year-over-year revenue.

Behind the sales scene, Porsche welcomed new CEO and president Mathias Muller at a Paris ceremony on September 29. Muller, who was previously with Porsche's parent company VW AG, took over for Michael Macht.


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