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Porsche E-Hybrid Technology: Performance Meets Efficiency

 

Porsche has always had its eye on electrification. The first hybrid Porsche was unveiled as a concept in 2007 and put on sale in 2010, then Porsche introduced E-Hybrid plug-in technology and models to the market 2014. When you think about it, electrification was always going to be a big thing for Porsche.

 

With an electrified powertrain, you get the type of precision performance and efficiency that Porsche is ultimately known for. A Porsche, after all, isn’t fast because it has a huge engine under the hood or because it’s lighter than a feather, it’s fast and agile because it’s a combination of individual components which have all been individually optimized.

 

Put together, they create a vehicle that is sharp and precise at every level. Adding electrification to the mix was always going to help Porsche vehicles get even closer to what constitutes the perfect car.

 

It’s not surprising that the Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche’s latest flagship model, relies on a hybrid powertrain to achieve a level of performance and efficiency like no other vehicle in the brand’s storied past.

 

E-Hybrid Technology in both the Panamera and the Cayenne

 

Current E-Hybrid models can be found in both the redesigned Panamera and redesigned Cayenne model lineups. In the Cayenne family, the only offering at the moment is the completely redesigned Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid which arrived on the market back in May.  Based on the new-generation Cayenne, the E-Hybrid version pairs a 6-cylinder engine making 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque with an electric engine located between the gas engine and the transmission.

 

Adding 134 horsepower, this engine boosts total output to 455 horsepower and allows the E-Hybrid Cayenne to reach 100 km/h in less than 5.0 seconds. In other words, you get a level of performance that isn’t too far off the Cayenne Turbo, but the Cayenne E-Hybrid also has the ability to travel about 44 kilometers without needing a single drop of fuel. You’ll only need about 2.3 hours to recharge the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s 14.1-kWh battery using a 220V outlet.

 

The Panamera E-Hybrid has roughly the same specs. It’s hybrid engine delivers 462 horsepower, and you’ll get to 100 km/h in about 3.4 seconds. And then there’s the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

 

One of the Fastest Sedans in the World

 

Nobody has claimed this, and nobody has really tested it, but the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is certainly among the fastest four-door cars in the world, if not the fastest. Consider these numbers.

 

Combined horsepower from the hybrid engine is a massive 680 horsepower with torque peaking at 626 pound-feet. That’s good enough to reach 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, which is on par with a Porsche 911 Turbo.

 

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid uses a host of powertrain features and technology from the 918 Spyder to control and distribute effectively all this power. The end result is a pure performance missile that can also drive on all-electric power for 49 kilometers.

 

Come check out the 2019 Porsche E-Hybrid lineup today at Porsche Center Calgary.

 

Date Posted: September 18, 2018