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First Look: Porsche Panamera Hybrid

How green is my mean machine?

by on Mar.02, 2011

The new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid may get 30+ mpg, but it will also top 167 mph.

Few brand names generate as clear and immediate an image as Porsche.  But while most motorists will readily associate the brand with high performance sports cars, founder Ferdinand Porsche was arguably one of the pioneers of environmentally friendly automobiles, developing what was arguably the world’s first hybrid automobile.

So, perhaps it’s fitting that the maker is now making an aggressive push into battery power, with its new Panamera S Hybrid making its formal debut at this year’s very eco-conscious Geneva Motor Show.

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The second Porsche to use a gasoline-electric driveline is a version of the German maker’s popular – if controversial – 4-door coupe-like sedan.  Set to go on sale next year for $95,975, the Porsche Panamera S delivers the performance long associated with the brand yet boasts a Combined fuel economy rating of 33.1 mpg.

The trick is pairing a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 developing 330 horsepower with a 47-hp electric motor/generator.  That part of the driveline relies on a set of nickel-metal hydride batteries packed into the trunk.  Under full acceleration, the system can call on a combined 380-hp, enough to launch it from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds and push it to a top speed of 167 mph.


First Drive: 2011 Cayenne Hybrid

Those ticket-me-red Porsches are starting to look green.

by on Jul.22, 2010

The 2011 Porsche Hybrid nearly matches the numbers and performance of the Cayenne S.

Let’s face it, Porsches have always looked good in ticket-me-red.  But with the launch of the German maker’s first gas-electric model, the 2011 Cayenne Hybrid, Porsche could look better in green.

The Porsche Cayenne, the venerable German company’s first SUV, generated huge amounts of cash, became the company’s best-selling product, and enabled the company to expand safely into new territory with more 911 and Boxster variants, the Cayman sports car and the Panamera luxury sedan.  The Cayenne is the company’s best-selling model ever, with 282,000 sold so far.



For model year 2011, Porsche has made significant changes to the big sport-utility vehicle, and also expanded the still-new Panamera product line to include a V6-powered version for those customers who don’t want or need a V8 or a turbocharged V8 to make them happy.


First Look: Porsche’s Innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Set to debut in Geneva, replaces batteries with flywheel.

by on Feb.11, 2010

Porsche will begin race-testing its 911 GT3 R Hybrid on the Nurburgring, in May.

Picking up on a concept its company founder first conceived of more than a century ago, Porsche will lift the covers on a hybrid race car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Dubbed the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the goal of the project is to not just improve performance, but also the efficiency of modern race cars.


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The 911 GT3 R skips the conventional hybrid route, which relies on heavy batteries to temporarily store energy normally lost during braking and coasting, then tap that power when the driver needs an extra boost.  Porsche’s approach is to store energy in a high-tech flywheel.