The second-generation Porsche limousine has been recently presented in its greenest version – the E-Hybrid, but it appears Porsche is already mulling a more powerful hybrid setup, which includes a V8 engine.
Porsche’s CEO Oliver Blume revealed during his opening speech for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid at the Paris Motor Show that a high-performance hybrid version of its all-new sedan might receive the green light. The setup would deploy the Panamera Turbo’s all-new biturbo 4.0-liter V8 where it has 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque. It would then become assisted by an electric motor (or two) and most likely go on to establish new benchmarks in the segment.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is no slouch with its new biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine – as the hybrid setup enables an acceleration of 4.6 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h) and a top speed of 173 mph (278 km/h). Of course the new hybrid Panamera will also deploy the all-wheel drive layout and eight-speed PDK automatic transmission – as well as maybe some parts from the 918 Spyder flagship. The top manager also said Porsche has no desire to present hybrid versions for the 718 Boxster / 718 Cayman and 911 in the near future – but maybe things will change when both reach a new generation.