2010 Paris: Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid in the works, no plan to show it publicly

2011 Porsche Panamera

At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Porsche confirmed that it is testing a plug-in electric concept version of the Panamera sedan. However, Porsche also said that they have no plans to show the car at any public events. The Stuttgart automaker’s new CEO Matthias Mueller told journalists that the car was produced for engineering purposes and has a 8-cylinder turbocharged engine.

He also confirmed that Porsche is studying a business case for the car, but no production decision has been made. Muller confirmed that he has personally taken the plug-in hybrid Panamera for a spin and drivers “amazing” (of course he would say that since her runs the company that makes it).

Earlier this year, Porsche confirmed that it is working on three research vehicles with all-electric-drive, which are based on the Porsche Boxster.

Refresher: The $89,800 Porsche Panamera S is powered by a 400-hp V8 allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph. The $93,800 Panamera 4S is powered by the same 400-hp V8. The $132,600 Porsche Panamera Turbo is powered by a turbocharged V8 making 500-hp allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. The Porsche Panamera V6 and Porsche Panamera 4 are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine making 300-hp and a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. Prices start at $74,400 for the base V6 Panamera and $78,900 for the V6 Panamera 4.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoWeek