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The new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid combines extremes in a highly elegant #fashion. The athletic verve with which it masters the corners of the Nordschleife is matched by the sublime comfort it provides on the autobahn.
By night, the city is another world. Whereas during the day a caravan of automobiles inches slowly forward, the #porsche Panamera now zips along against a backdrop of houses and lights. As the white sports sedan exits the autobahn, the sun sets behind the peaks of the Swabian Mountains, a bright red orb punctuating the sky. Green brake calipers indicate that this model is a plug-in hybrid. Onward to the city. The sound of the Panamera’s calm mastery of the autobahn reverberates.
Stuttgart is a place of contrasts. Many of the businesses based there, innovation incubators of the automotive industry, are global players, yet there are spots in this thriving city where one could mistake it for a charming little town. And then there’s the special character of the Stuttgart residents themselves—stereotypes with which the Swabians are all too familiar. Inveterate technocrats, the description goes, thrifty and enamored of rules. Yet there’s another side to the famed Swabian nature: you’d be hard pressed to find a group of people more open to the world, better traveled, more versatile, or who pursue innovation with such passion.30 miles. On electricity alone.
As the number in its name suggests, the #panamera4ehybrid powers all four wheels. In addition to the Panamera models’ conventional driving modes—Sport and Sport Plus—four additional modes are available to support the car’s forward motion: E-Power, E-Charge, Hybrid #auto, and E-Hold. In the case of the latter, the driver can choose to maintain the current charge state for purely electric driving at a later time. When the battery is fully charged, the #porsche can cover a distance of up to 30 miles at 87 mph. On electricity alone.The #panamera4ehybrid in front of the #porsche Museum
In Hybrid #auto mode, the vehicle independently switches between the drive units of the 2.9-liter V6 bi-turbo engine with 246 kW (330 hp, fuel consumption combined 2.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 15.9 kWh/100 km) and the 101 kW (136 hp) electric motor. The driver allows the car to choose. With a tap of the brake pedal, the Panamera’s brake system decides—unnoticed by the driver—whether the car can be stopped by using recuperation. If the resistance of the electric motor—now pressed into service as a generator—is insufficient, the large, high-performance brake discs are engaged.Designed for pure driving pleasure
Wine grapes grow on the steep slopes around the Stuttgart basin. In the evening hours, the warm air from the valley rises up the hills. As dusk descends, the Panamera takes the corners with cool precision. And while its LED headlights project bright beams of light onto the asphalt, a satisfied smile flashes across the face of the driver. The V6 bi-turbo was untested by the pace of travel on the autobahn. In E-Charge mode, it was able to recharge the electric power expended by the 14.1-kWh battery in short bursts of electrically boosted acceleration. All of this happens while the Panamera treats its occupants to long-distance comfort. During braking and downhill stretches, the laws of physics pitch in: inertia and gravity are exploited and stored as new electric energy.
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