PORSCHE recently introduced the second generation of its four-seater Panamera in South Africa.
Eight derivatives are available locally in the redeveloped line-up, including the Panamera S E-Hybrid, which will make its debut later this year.
The exterior upgrades include visually tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements to enhance its Gran Turismo character. The rear windscreen has been widened, whilst a wider spoiler and optional LED lights make the car stand out in a crowd.
The biggest change engine-wise is the inclusion of an all-new 3.0-litre V6 biturbo petrol, which replaces the 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The GTS model retains the V8 powerplant.
The new V6 engine has more power and torque, but Porsche claims an 18% improvement in fuel economy compared to the V8 it replaces.
With almost 310kW on tap, the S E-Hybrid is not your average mundane greenie car. Porsche claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 270km/h. This car can also drive up to 36km in all-electric mode, but what really impress are the claimed fuel consumption and emissions figures: 3.1 litres/100km and 71g/km. This is a significant achievement for what is essentially a large performance saloon.
The new Panamera is available at Porsche Centre Johannesburg, Cape Town and Umhlanga.