Shanghai Preview: Porsche Announces Panamera Updates

Posted by: Kenny Chan onApril 4th, 2013

Porsche recently announced some updates to their refreshed Panamera lineup ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show (Auto Shanghai). One of the biggest updates is the addition of a new plug-in hybrid model dubbed the Panamera S E-Hybrid which will slot in (price wise) just under the Panamera 4S. Interestingly, in the US it will be priced just above the 4S. We’ll come back to the hybrid later on in the post. In addition, Porsche has also added two new long-wheelbase models to the lineup: The Panamera 4S Executive and the Panamera Turbo Executive. The Executive models will come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) in addition to the 5.9 inch increase in wheelbase. These models command a price premium over their not-as-long wheelbase versions of approximately $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.

The existing Panamera S, and 4S (and the newly introduced 4S Executive) models will be fitted with a new twin turbo 3.0L V6 that will replace the outgoing 4.8L V8. The V6 puts out 420 horsepower and 383.5 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque over the larger V8.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is an evolution of the previous Panamera S Hybrid with the introduction of a new, more powerful electric motor and the replacement of the older nickel-metal hydride battery (1.7kW) with a newer, lighter and higher capacity lithium-ion battery (9.4kW). The new motor produces the equivelent of 95 horsepower (vs 47 from the older motor) and the electrical system takes 2.5 hours to fully charge. The all-electric range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is about 32km (20 miles) and top speed on electric power only is 134km/h (84mph). The electrical hybrid system will also kick in during higher speeds when additional power is required and when the kick-down switch under the accelerator is activated. The E-Hybrid shaves half a second off the older hybrid’s 0-60 time down to 5.2 seconds. One thing that the E-Hybrid model will not get is the PDK transmission, found on all other Panamera models. Instead the E-hybrid will be equipped with Porsche’s 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission.

The new Panamera is characterized by tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements. Up front you’ll find new larger air intakes and new optional LED headlights. Out back is a redesigned trunk lid with enlarged glass. The refreshed Panamera celebrates its world debut at Auto China in Shanghai, which opens on April 21, where further details on the new models will be revealed.

The new generation of Panamera models will be available starting late in 2013. Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive variants will be available in 2014. Pricing details are as follows:

Panamera $89,500 ($78,100 USD)
Panamera 4 $94,800 ($82,800 USD)
Panamera S $106,600 ($93,200 USD)
Panamera S E-Hybrid $112,500 ($99,000 USD)
Panamera 4S $113,300 ($98,300 USD)
Panamera GTS $129,400 ($113,400 USD)
Panamera 4S Executive $143,600 ($125,600 USD)
Panamera Turbo $161,500 ($141,300 USD)
Panamera Turbo Executive $184,100 ($161,100 USD)

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