PORSCHE PRESENTS THE PANAMERA 4 E-HYBRID AND 911 GT3 CUP RACING CAR
06 October 2016
Global debut of two Porsche models in Paris
Text/Photo: Porsche Centre Singapore
Paris/Singapore. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, was proud to unveil the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid at the “Mondial de l’Automobile” event in Paris last week. The hybrid version of the Panamera is synonymous with a high level of comfort and maximum efficiency in the luxury segment. Another model celebrating its global debut at the event in Paris was the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the latest generation of the world’s best-selling racing car. Both models deliver the typical level of performance expected of a Porsche, together with the model-specific characteristics. While the 911 GT3 Cup delivers 357 kW (485 hp) of power from its completely redeveloped four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine featuring direct petrol injection, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid combines a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine with an electric motor to deliver a system power of 340 kW (462 hp). Based on the Singapore specific calculation for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the CO2 emissions are 125 g/km. The new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is is available to pre-order now.“The new Panamera marks a revolution in design and technology. It truly is a luxury saloon. Nevertheless, the model still retains the identity of the 911 and the genes of the 918 Spyder super sportscar and 919 Hybrid racing car – something that will no doubt be music to the ears of all Porsche fans”, says Oliver Blume, summing up the character of the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. 911 GT3 Cup is the world’s best-selling racing car With the new 911 GT3 Cup, the Porsche motorsport department has developed the next generation of the production-style GT racing car for the global brand cups. The 1,200-kilogram one-seater is powered by a four-litre flat engine delivering 357 kW (485 hp) and variable inlet and outlet camshaft control. The new aerodynamics at the front and rear ensure even greater traction and faster lap times. Some 3,031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup have been built in the 996, 997 and 991 model lines since 1998. This makes the brand cup racing car from Stuttgart the most-produced and most-sold GT racing car in the world. A purely electric range of 50 kilometres with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid At Porsche, the term “hybrid” is synonymous with not only sustainable mobility, but performance too – a fact proven not least by the victory of the 919 Hybrid in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2015 and 2016. This philosophy is now also defining the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Thanks to the improved lithium-ion cells offering an increased capacity, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers an electric range of around 50 kilometres in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – a real increase compared with its predecessor. The new Porsche plug-in hybrid can start in purely electric mode and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. The model delivers power and fuel consumption figures of 15.9 kWh/100 km and 2.5 l/100 km respectively in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for plug-in hybrid models. These figures correspond to CO2 emissions of 56 g/km. (Corresponding figures for Singapore are 125 g/km based on plug-in hybrid specific calculation by LTA). And yet this Panamera too is a sports car among the luxury saloons: The all-wheel drive Porsche achieves a top speed of 278 km/h and delivers a system torque of 700 Nm from stationary without hesitation. The four-door hybrid sports car breaks the 100 km/h barrier in just 4.6 seconds. The torque is transferred to all four wheels and the standard three-chamber air suspension ensures an optimum balance between comfort and dynamism at all times. New hybrid strategy based on the Porsche 918 Spyder The superlative performance is no accident: The new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a hybrid strategy never before seen in this segment – a strategy based on the 918 Spyder. The 652 kW (887 hp) 918 Spyder is the fastest series-produced vehicle ever to circumnavigate the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Its record lap time of 6:57 minutes can in part be attributed to the additional power provided by two electric motors. As with the 918 Spyder, the power of the Panamera electric motor – 100 kW (136 hp) and 400 Nm torque – is made available as soon as the driver touches the accelerator pedal. On the predecessor model, the pedal needed to be pressed at least 80 per cent of the way down to unleash the additional power of the electric drive. Now, the electric motor and petrol engine interact in perfect harmony from the very outset. Like with the 918 Spyder, the electric motor is available to deliver additional power at all times. This, together with the performance characteristics of the new 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine (243 kW/330 hp/450 Nm), generates an impressive boost scenario based on electric motor and turbochargers. In the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the electrical energy is also used to increase the car’s top speed. At Porsche, this new type of “E-Performance” – more power, more driving fun, lower fuel consumption – is seen as the performance kit of the future. New hybrid module and fast-shifting eight-speed PDK Together with the V6 petrol engine decoupler, the electric motor heralds the new generation of the Porsche hybrid module. In contrast to the electro-hydraulic system of the predecessor model, the decoupler on the new Panamera is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), resulting in even shorter response times. As on the other second-generation Panamera models, a new, extremely fast and efficient-shifting Porsche eight-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission is used to transmit the power to the all-wheel drive. This transmission replaces the eight-speed automatic torque converter transmission on the predecessor model. The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. And despite the fact that the energy content of the battery (which is integrated under the luggage compartment floor) has been increased from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh, its weight has remained the same. The high-voltage battery takes just 5.8 hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection. If the driver chooses to use the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230-V, 32-A connection instead of the standard 3.6-kW charger on the Panamera, the battery fully charges in just 3.6 hours. The charging process can also be started using a timer via Porsche Communication Management (PCM). Moreover, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is fitted as standard with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment during charging. Porsche Advanced Cockpit with hybrid-specific displays One highlight of the second-generation Panamera is the newly designed display and control concept in the form of the standard Porsche Advanced Cockpit with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays. Two seven-inch screens either side of the analogue rev counter form the interactive cockpit, and, in contrast to the other versions in the model line, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a power meter tailored to hybrid operation. The intuitive operating principle of the hybrid-specific displays is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar. The power meter provides data such as the amount of electrical energy currently being used as well as that recovered through recuperation. A 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as a central PCM control and display unit. The driver can access various items of hybrid-specific information both here on the dash and in the instrument cluster. The boost assistant and hybrid assistant are both practical and informative. The boost assistant display shows the energy available for boosting, while the hybrid assistant provides various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power. Ultimate efficiency in “Hybrid Auto” mode The Sport Chrono Package including the mode switch integrated into the steering wheel forms part of the standard equipment on the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The mode switch and Porsche Communication Management are used to activate the various driving modes. These modes include the familiar “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes from the other Panamera models equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. The hybrid-specific modes are “E-Power”, “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Hold” and “E-Charge”. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid always starts in the purely electric “E-Power” mode. The “Hybrid Auto” mode is a completely new development. When this mode is selected, the Panamera changes and combines the drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency. The “E-Hold” mode allows drivers to consciously conserve the current state of charge to enable them to switch to electric and therefore zero-emissions mode in an environmental zone at their destination, for example. In “E-Charge” mode, the battery is charged by the V6 engine; to achieve this, the petrol engine generates a higher level of power than is actually needed for driving. The highest level of drive performance is made available in the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes. The V6 biturbo engine is active continuously in these modes. In “Sport” mode, the battery charge is always maintained at a minimum level to ensure there are sufficient e-boost reserve capacities when needed. “Sport Plus” mode is all about maximum performance and allows the Panamera to reach its top speed of 278 km/h. This mode also recharges the battery as quickly as possible with the help of the V6 biturbo engine. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is now available to pre-order in Asia-Pacific In Singapore, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, available to pre-order now, starts at SGD 430,788*. Deliveries will follow in 2017. The plug-in hybrid version is the fourth model in the new Porsche Panamera line; all models are all-wheel drive. The line now consists of the Panamera Turbo (404 kW/550 hp), the Panamera 4S (324 kW/440 hp), the Panamera 4S Diesel (310 kW/422 hp) and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (340 kW/462 hp system power). These four models represent a fusion of sports car and passenger car to form a Gran Turismo concept offering a globally unique combination of dynamism and comfort.
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 2.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 125 g/km; energy consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km. Panamera Turbo: combined fuel consumption 9.4 l/100 km, urban 12.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 214 g/km. Panamera 4S: combined fuel consumption 8.2 l/100 km, urban 10.2 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 186 g/km. Panamera 4S Diesel: combined fuel consumption 6.8 l/100 km, urban 7.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 178 g/km.*Prices include a 5-year free maintenance and warranty program, market-specific equipment, GST but exclude COE. It covers all servicing needs as well as maintenance and repair costs, including regular wear and tear. Prices are subjected to change without prior notice. Terms & conditions apply.