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Porsche's Panamera e-Hybrid is worth the hype

Porsche's Panamera e-Hybrid is not only green, but it also brings on the grins with its sheer driveability

Published on Apr 12, 2014 2:08 PM
 

The main problem with electric cars is their generally limited performance and range, which can cause drivers to have palpitations and hypertension.

Hybrids overcome this, but their pure- electric mode is usually limited to very short jaunts at a crawling pace.

Plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, are a happy compromise between the two types of cars.

As the name implies, a plug-in hybrid's batteries can be recharged via an electric socket.

 
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Specs

PORSCHE PANAMERA S E-HYBRID

Price: $518,088 without COE

Engine: 2,995cc supercharged 24-valve V6 plus 70kW electric motor

Transmission: Eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic with paddleshift

Power: 416bhp at 5,500rpm

Torque: 590Nm at 1,250-4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 5.5 seconds

Top speed: 270kmh

Fuel consumption: 3.1 litres/100km

Agent: Stuttgart Auto

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