Plugging in for Performance with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Here at Manhattan Motorcars, we believe that respect for the environment using hybrid technology shouldn’t eliminate the pure joy of driving a sports car. You won’t have to make that compromise if you choose the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. In fact, you will have more performance than a Panamera 4S with the powerful engine/electric motor combo in the E-Hybrid.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid combines the 2.9-liter twin-turbo engine taken from the 4S and detuned to provide 330 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. That sounds like a power penalty from the standard 4S until you consider the addition of the electric motor adding its 136 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The electric power comes from a 14.1 kWh battery system onboard the E-Hybrid. The result is a vehicle which can drive as an electric vehicle up to 31 miles at speeds up to 86 mph. This assumes you can keep your foot from stomping the accelerator pedal!
The additional weight of the electric motor and battery only causes a 0.4-second penalty in 0-60 mph times versus the 4S. The E-Hybrid will also do an impressive 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds in electric mode. Starting the E-Hybrid defaults the drive mode to E-Power. Once the battery is depleted the vehicle switches to Hybrid mode, or you can choose that with the Drive Selector. Other selections include E-Charge to primarily use the engine while charging the battery, E-Hold to keep the battery state as-is and use the engine alone, or Sport mode to stiffen the suspension and improve the throttle response. Oh, there’s also Sport + which takes the Sport mode over the top!
Handling is superb in the E-Hybrid due to its 49/51 front/rear weight distribution. Available rear-axle steering is recommended if you use twisty roads a lot. The four-door E-Hybrid with hatchback has great lines offering a slick aerodynamic feel. Inside is a cabin befitting a Porsche with four comfortable seats, full-length center console with backlit controls, a folding rear seat for ample cargo space, and a huge 12.3-inch PCM infotainment screen centered above the console with a crisp high definition screen. Apple CarPlay is standard.
If you are ready to step into the world of hybrid drives but don’t want to give up the performance of your previous Porsche, you don’t have to give up anything. Come to Manhattan Motorcars where you’ll soon be able to test drive the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid for yourself! Until then, enjoy any of our other fine luxury vehicle offerings at 711 11th Ave in New York, NY.