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Porsche Unveils Panamera S E-Hybrid, Its First Plug-In Electric Car

The plug-in hybrid trend must be getting serious when Porsche jumps into the ring. The German car manufacturer announced on Wednesday the Panamera S E-Hybrid, its first plug-in hybrid.

True to the Porsche tradition, this four-door sedan is no slouch in the performance department, with its parallel hybrid gas/electric combo power plant creating a respectable 416 hp. The car gets 95 of those horses from its electric motor, and the other 320 hp from its all-new 3.0-Liter bi-turbo V6 gas engine.

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Compared with the Porsche Panamera S hybrid that was unveiled in Feb. 2011, this new plug-in version shaves off a half-second to get from 0 to 60 mph, making the run in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 165 mph.

No, this is not your granddaddy’s Prius.

No, this is not your granddaddy’s Prius.

Porsche didn’t quote mileage numbers in its press materials, a stat that’s of crucial importance to buyers of most green cars (but maybe not quite as crucial to Porsche buyers). Curious about that, we talked on the phone with Porsche, whose spokesperson told us the E-Hybrid’s mileage numbers won’t be available until the EPA has tested the car, which “will be happening a lot closer to when the car rolls out in November or early December.”

To give us some context, though, Porsche says the older Panamera S Hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon (EPA highway) and to “expect considerable improvement on that number with the S E-Hybrid,” the spokesperson told Mashable.


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