Gunning for a slice of Tesla’s fan base, Porsche will unveil a Panamera plug-in hybrid this month at the Paris auto show that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The first Panamera plug-in hybrid will have plenty of power: 462 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque, most churned out by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 from Audi. The engine is combined with an eight-speed PDK transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features an electric motor with 136 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque, which kicks in as soon as the accelerator pedal is touched, Porsche said. Previously, the pedal needed to be pressed at least 80 percent of the way down to access the additional power of the electric drive’s E-Boost mode.
Porsche says the sedan will have a maximum all-electric range of 31 miles and a maximum speed on battery power of 86 mph. The electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled, lithium ion battery that can be fully charged in 12 hours via a 120-volt, 10-amp connection.
The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to arrive in the U.S. by next summer. Pricing will be announced later, Porsche said.