Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 14, 2017
Porsche's luxury belina continues to increase its versions and engines. Before we get behind the wheel of the family car Sport Turismo that we will drive shortly, was to make a contact with the hybrid engine of the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
It is the plug-in hybrid version animated by a 2.9 V6 petrol engine that develops 330 hp, which is equipped with a 130 hp electric motor to create a set of 462 hp average consumption figures of 2.5 l / 100km, autonomy electric 50 km and a performance worthy of the best sports sedans.
Hybrid versions have always been present in the Panamera family, as in the Cayenne SUV. Far the first hybrids that announced electric autonomy of 2 kilometers are left and there are those versions in which it was not very clear what role they had to play hybrid engines.
Porsche now has clear that hybridization will always be at the service of the benefits, because nobody in their right mind is buying a Porsche of this level solely for the consumption that it gets. It's the new strategy they inherit from the 918 Spyder.
Those 2 kilometers of electric range are ridiculous compared to the 50 km offered by this model today, which already has a battery of 14.1 kWh weighing the same as the previous 9.4 kWh and is located on the floor of the trunk.
What's New in the Hybrid System
The new hybrid system of the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is driven electromechanically through an Electric Clutch Actuator (ECA), unlike the electro-hydraulic system of the predecessor model.
This ensures that the reaction time is shorter, something necessary now that the electric motor always drives and helps the gasoline or even works alone.
Also new is the eight-speed Porsche (PDK) double clutch gearbox, which replaces the automatic converter of the previous model.
The battery takes 5.8 hours to recharge using a conventional 230 V plug with 10 A or 3.6 hours if the optional 7.2 kW system is used and a 230 V with 32 A connection. In any case, the Charge intervals can be programmed from the car itself or from the Smartphone application, to ensure that it consumes electricity at the most economical time intervals.
Another new feature is the Power-Meter, a system that informs of the electrical energy that is being consumed in each moment, as well as of the energy that is obtained through the recovery. It consists of a series of green LED lights on the central analog sphere of the dashboard.
Different driving modes
Of course, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers multiple modes of driving, and with the series as standard the Sport Chrono package incorporates the integrated mode selector on the steering wheel, which we already know from the current 911 and 718 .
The 'E-Power', 'Hybrid Auto', 'E-Hold' and 'E-Charge' modes are specific to the hybrid, while the 'Sport' and 'Sport Plus' modes share them with any other Panamera carrying package Sport Chrono.
Even if the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is started, it does it in 'E-Power' mode, activating only the electric motor. In this way you can, for example, get out of each or the urbanization without awakening the neighbors with the sound of the 2.9 V6 engine, which certainly sounds like glory.
The 'Hybrid Auto' mode is newly developed in this version and as its name indicates, it automatically activates or deactivates the gasoline engine according to demand.
Perhaps the most interesting mode, and not because it is going to be the one we use most regularly, is the 'E-Hold' mode, which allows to maintain a certain level of battery charge at the push of a button. This way we can preserve that electric charge to use it in an urban section or to be able to access a city where there are restrictions to traffic by contamination.
Finally is the 'E-Charge' mode in which the gasoline engine is activated to produce the electricity needed to charge the battery. It is a solution inefficient in the real use, but it serves to recharge the battery for example in the access ways to a city and then to be able to circulate in urban section only in tram.
Test in real use
Porsche proposed to test the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in real use, in a route that combined urban and other interurban sections, similar to the routes that could make any user of this model in a city like Madrid, Barcelona or any other big city of Spain.
We leave first to cross the center of Madrid, using of course only the electric motor mode. With 50 kilometers of autonomy and the 400 Nm of electric torque that offers the whole (700 Nm in total also counting the one of gasoline) available from the first millimeters of accelerator, the available power to move with ease by city is enough.
The accelerations at the traffic light outputs are faster than in a combustion car of equivalent power, and logically it is a pleasure and a strange feeling to drive a car of this size and weight without making the slightest noise, without emitting any CO2 and with the softness conferred by electric motorizations.
The route through the city center was about 25 kilometers, and then the route started us away by the A1 highway towards the Sierra de Madrid. Taking that fast track also maintained for a long time the electric mode, which prevents the gasoline engine from operating unless we manually select it or ask too much with the accelerator pedal.
So much so, that in electric we moved away from Madrid until the computer on board marked 44 kilometers since we started the route. In electric mode the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid allows to circulate at speeds up to 140 km / h, and we had managed to do 44 kilometers without emitting any CO2, which if we consider that the official record is 50 kilometers, is a figure very realistic. Of course, all with air conditioning activated, air conditioning and even ventilation in the front seats. Normal use.
Then began to start the engine 2.9 V6 biturbo, which is noticed with an exciting and beautiful sound. In 'Auto Hybrid' mode, the car decides when the gasoline engine has to run or when it can deactivate it, in addition to favoring the disconnection of the transmission in moments of great inertia with the so-called 'sail mode'.
After a few kilometers by highway in which the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid made clear to us its benefits as a road car, with suspensions that filter any type of irregularity and place it at the same level as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series in terms of driving comfort (the Audi A8 we have not yet tested), touched the turn of the curves.
A mountain road with very good firmness helped us to see how the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has a sportier feel than most sedans in its segment. I dare say that in this aspect, the first would be this, followed by the BMW 7 Series, as having the active rear axle, the car feels much more agile than you expect when you face curves at the wheel of a 'boat '5 meters long.
The only point I would like to try more calmly, is the weight of the batteries and how they affect the dynamics in curves. Located in the back of the vehicle on the floor of the trunk and weighing approximately 300 kilos, I felt in some strong support that you could feel that overweight of the rear making the set had more inertia than in a version equivalent with gasoline engine.
But as I say, for that we will have to do a test of the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with more calm and more depth, since in no time we had already reached the end point of the route, located 120 kilometers from Madrid. Most surprising of all is that the computer on board marked an average consumption from the start of the day of 5.5 l / 100 km.
100% of them had been made in interurban sections, without contributing to increase the layer of pollution that the following day forced the authorities to apply Scenario 2 for high pollution in the capital of Spain, limiting speed on access roads and prohibiting park in the city to reduce the use of the private vehicle.
All this has led us despite the fact that the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a very alternative to take into account compared to the traditional Panamera 4S 440 hp, especially at these times when restrictions on traffic by pollution can get to do that a car that only has a traditional combustion engine must be parked at home.
Price of the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is available with standard bodywork or with the Executive, which has 17 centimeters more wheelbase. With the normal body the price of this model is 112,584 euros, a price lower than the 128,308 euros that costs the 4S of gasoline.
For its part, the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Executive costs 120,207 euros. The Porsche Panamera range now has 16 versions combining all the bodywork and motorizations available, and is thus configured in terms of prices.