[*]|bcuwvovr|[*]Porsche celebrated the world premiere of the 2014 Panamera at Auto Shanghai, highlighting the Panamera S Hybrid, the first plug-in offering from Porsche. Four years after bringing the Panamera to China, the country is now the second-largest Porsche consumer after the U.S.
“The Porsche Panamera and China – that is a very special success story,” said Matthias Müller, president and CEO of Porsche AG. “Exactly four years ago, we introduced the first Panamera to a world audience here in Shanghai – and very intentionally here. Because it was clear to us that our Gran Turismo would be precisely the right model for this future market. And we were not mistaken. In 2012, one out of three Panamera cars were delivered to China.”
The new Panamera S E-Hybrid brings a more powerful electric motor (better than doubling horses to 95), and a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and can be recharged from home or public vehicle charging station. Electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery which has an increased capacity over the prior Hybrid; it can reach full power in about two and a half hours when connected to a 240-v power source.
The Panamera S E-hybrid can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and has a top track speed of 167 mph (nearly 270 km/h).
Porsche also presented the new Panamera 4S Executive and Turbo Executive models, which feature an extended wheelbase and come with an "extensive range of standard features." We assume the chauffeur is an option. U.S. pricing for the S E-Hybrid starts at just a shade under $100k.