New Porsche Panamera Hybrid

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Porsche has released details of the new Panamera S Hybrid, in an attempt to give the high-performance four-door grand tourer some green credentials.

It gets a supercharged 3.0-litre V6, which delivers 333bhp, as well as a 47bhp electric motor – which also works as a generator and a starter. Low rolling-resistance tyres are also fitted to help improve economy.

These changes allow the Porsche to return an average fuel consumption of 42mpg, along with emissions of 159g/km of CO2 – meaning road and showroom tax costs a sensible £155.

Performance hasn’t been compromised by the hybrid technology, as it will sprint to 62mph in six seconds and on to a top speed of 168mph

Running entirely on battery power the Porsche can cover just over a mile, with the car being able to accelerate up to 53mph using the electric motor alone. The hybrid drive is also the only system in the world that uses a so-called ‘sailing’ function, where the engine is switched off and the drivetrain disengaged, relying on the electric motor to nudge the car along at cruising speeds of up to 103mph.

It comes with an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox as well as a full leather interior, adaptive air suspension, a security tracking system, Bi-Xenon lights, park assist, touch-screen sat nav, cruise control and a three-year warranty. A special display panel is also fitted that shows the driver exactly how the hybrid system is performing.

The new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale in June 2011, for £86,146 – around £9,000 more than an equivalent normal Panamera S.

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