U.S. debut for 2014 Panamera model line image

Seven new variants of the sport sedan are now on sale at local dealers across the United States, according to Porsche Cars North America.

The Porsche Panamera sports sedan lineup expands for the 2014 model year with the addition of three new variants: the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid from Porsche; and two luxurious Executive versions based on the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo models.

Also, a new 3.0 twin-turbo V6 engine replaces the previous 4.8-liter V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The new engine is also used in the new Panamera 4S Executive and offers an additional 20 hp and 15 lb.-ft. of additional torque, with an increase of up to 17 % in fuel economy compared to the V8 engine in the previous model. With this launch, the Panamera line-up now increases to nine individual models available in the U.S. market.

The new Panamera S E-Hybrid improves the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor, and a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public charging stations. The electric drive produces 95 hp, double the power of the previous model’s electric motor (47 hp). Electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kWh). Via the integrated on-board charging device and the standard Porsche Universal Charger, the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 167 mph.

Prices for the U.S. market start at $78,100 for the Panamera model and can go as high as $161,100 for the Panamera Turbo Executive; with the Panamera S E-Hybrid available late autumn 2013 from $99,000.