2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

2011 Geneva Auto Show

2011 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Porsche releases the first official images of its new 2012 Panamera S Hybrid.
  • The hybrid sports car will debut at the upcoming Geneva auto show.
  • The "most fuel-efficient Porsche of all time" goes on sale in the U.S. later this year, priced from $95,975.

GENEVA — Porsche has released the first official images and details on its new Panamera S Hybrid, which makes its public debut in early March at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. The "most fuel-efficient Porsche of all time" goes on sale in the U.S. later this year, priced from $95,975, including shipping.

The Panamera S Hybrid will be the German automaker's second gasoline-electric production model, after the Cayenne S Hybrid. Porsche says the Panamera S Hybrid returns an average 33 mpg on the European driving cycle — 35 mpg with optional low-rolling-resistance tires. Official EPA fuel-economy numbers won't be available until later in the year.

The Panamera S Hybrid uses the same driveline as the Cayenne S Hybrid — a 333-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine coupled with a 47-hp electric motor, mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. In the Panamera S Hybrid, the powertrain provides 0-60 acceleration in 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 167 mph.

The new model features a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack at a time when most competitors are making the shift to lithium-based batteries.

Standard equipment on the Panamera S Hybrid includes adaptive air suspension, Servotronic variable-assist power steering and Porsche Communication Management with navigation.

The Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale in June in Germany. In its home market, the car will be priced from $143,000, including taxes.

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