With sales forecast to nearly double those of the conventional hybrid model it will replace, Porsche is really “charged” up on its new plug-in version, the Panamera S-E.
The S-E is one of 10 different versions of the 2014 Porsche Panamera – with nine also marked for a US appearance. Thanks to its lithium-ion battery pack, the new S-E model should have an estimated 22 miles (35 km) per charge range, while operating the car in battery-only speeds up to 84 mph (135 km/h) can be reached.
True to its core brand values, there is no trade-off in the performance, unlike other plug-in offerings on the market, as the coupe-like sedan roars from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds.
“It’s a real Porsche, and a Porsche must go really fast,” even if it is powered by batteries, said Stefan Utsch, director of sales and marketing for the Panamera line.
Porsche became the first German automaker to put a plug-in into production when the Panamera S-E reached European showrooms in August. U.S. sales are starting from November, with the car snatching a price of $99,000. The vehicle can also qualify for a $4,750 federal tax credit, because of the size of its battery pack — a 9.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit – and additional incentives in states like California.