Porsche has just unveiled its second gasoline-electric hybrid, the Panamera S Hybrid. Although EPA fuel economy won’t be available until later in the year, Porsche says the Panamera can achieve 35 mpg on the European driving cycle. Using 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, improving on the successes of Porsche’s other hybrid vehicle, the Cayenne S. It also uses a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack at a time when most competitors are making the shift to lithium-based batteries
It doesn’t come cheap, the U.S. price tag tips in at almost $96,000, but for all the luxury of a Porsche combined with the efficiency of a hybrid, it’s well worth it.
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