Sunday, September 30, 2012

Panamera Sport Turismo Hybrid Concept

The Panamera Sport Turismo concept car with the next generation hybrid drive was shown in Paris with its 416 horsepower of peak system power. It's designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 80 mph and can cover distances of over 18.6 miles which doesn't seem too impressive. The new electric motor produces about 70 kW (95 hp), which is around twice as much as in today’s Porsche hybrid drive and coupled with a 333 horsepower 3.0 liter V6 supercharged engine together accelerating the concept car from zero to 62 mph in less than six seconds. As a plug-in hybrid, the fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery is not only charged while driving but also externally as fast as 2.5 hours (depending on the power supply) via a charging interface on the vehicle.