The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is a milestone for the luxury brand. It's a part of Porsche's first line of sedans and is the company's first hybrid vehicle. Therefore, the hybrid has great potential as a future collector's item.
This hybrid seamlessly blends power and efficiency. It features a direct-injected, super-charged, V6 3.0-liter engine that produces 333 horsepower and runs off of gasoline. This engine can also be found in several Audi models. The gasoline engine works with a 47 horsepower electric motor, which brings the total horsepower output up to an impressive 380. This power is sent to the rear wheels through the hybrid's eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway, and Panamera S Hybrid has a top track speed of 167 and reaches zero-to-sixty mph in about 5.7 seconds.
Unlike the Porsche 911, which in most variants is stripped down to the bare essentials to focus on speed and power, the Panamera S Hybrid is much more luxurious, Standard features include: a leather -trimmed steering wheel and seats Porsche Stability Management, adaptive air suspension, Bluetooth compatibility, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, advanced airbags, Roadside Assistance Program, LED lights and a CDR-31 audio system that includes a 7-inch color touchscreen display with ten speakers and MP3 compatibility.
Optional features are numerous, but they can be pricey and add up quickly. These include: Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, heated front and rear seats, Lane Change Assist and Blind-Spot-Detection, sunblinds, front and rear ParkAssist, a Voice Control System, HD and Satellite radio, Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment, and a Bose audio System.
The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid comes at a starting price of $95,000. This may seem like a high price, but Porsche claims (because of its power and fuel economy combination), that it's the most economical Porsche ever built. We, however, are a bit skeptical of this fact- especially since the hybrid comes in at $20k more than the standard Porsche P