The Le Mans-winning race car and the plug-in hybrid sedan have been presented together on the streets of London – although only the latter will become available at dealerships.
Porsche decided to present the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in a spectacular manner in London, thumb England – teaming the plug in hybrid with the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car. Le Mans winner and reigning World Endurance Champion Mark Webber was manning the racer, with the duo cruising from Park Lane to the South Bank of the River Thames via Hyde Park Corner, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and Parliament Square, finishing at the London County Hall Hotel, right by the London Eye ferris wheel. Porsche said the trip was devised to “demonstrate how [it] brings its successful hybrid technology from the race track to the road.”
The new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine packing 330 horsepower (246 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton meters) of torque, mated to an electric motor delivering 136 hp (101 kW) and 295 lb/ft (400 Nm) – for a total output of 462 hp (345 kW) and 517 lb/ft (701 Nm). Linked to an all-wheel drive, the powertrain also includes an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km), with a maximum electric speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). The performance credentials include the 62 miles-per-hour (100 kilometers-per-hour) sprint of .6 seconds, and a top speed of 173 mph (278 km/h). Meanwhile the 919 Hybrid has a 2.0-liter, turbocharged V4 motor good for 500 hp (373 kW) and a 400 hp (298 kW) electric motor for a combined 900 hp (671 kW).