Ahead of its debut at the Paris motor show later this month, Porsche has shared details of the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, a model designed to lure fans of green driving who don't want to compromise on power. And it'll have plenty: 462 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, most churned out by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 borrowed from Audi. The gas engine will be responsible for 330 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, while the rest will come from an electric motor producing 136 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This dynamic duo will be good enough for sprints from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
As a plug-in hybrid, those with a short-enough commute to the office will have the option of silently gliding there; the imaginatively named E-Hybrid will be able to travel 31 miles on a fully charged battery. The charging time with a standard wall outlet will be on the high side -- 12 hours -- but a dedicated charging station will be able to juice up the Panamera in just three hours.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will feature several driving modes, depending on what the driver wants the battery to do.>
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As with other plug-in hybrids, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will offer several driving modes: E-Power will be the battery-only mode; E-Hold will use the gas engine to save up juice; E-Charge will have the gas engine charge up the 14.1 kWh battery; and Hybrid Auto will make the most out of both powertrains when you really do want to get to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Green calipers and an extra port for charging will be just about the only exterior clues (aside from badging) that this isn't a regular Panamera.
We'll have to wait until the model's commercial launch in the summer of 2017 to find out EPA figures and price; by that time, it's expected to have plenty of electrified competition from Team Germany itself.
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