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Porsche has just announced that the it is expanding its hybrid fleet with the addition of the Panamera S Hybrid. Set to debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show, the big sedan will come to the party packing a combined 380 horsepower, a figure Porsche says is good enough to get the machine to 62 mph in six seconds flat en route to a top speed of 168 mph. A total of 333 of those ponies are derived from the company's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, while the remaining 47 horsepower will be served up by an electric motor. An eight-speed automatic gearbox handles shifting detail, and Porsche says that the Panamera S Hybrid can be powered by either the internal combustion lump or the electric motor or by both in tandem.

Power for the electric mill is stored in a traditional nickel-metal hydride battery, and a regenerative braking system recharges the cells during deceleration. All told, Porsche says the system is good for 41.5 mpg combined on the UK cycle, which works out to around 34.5 mpg here in the good ol' U.S. of A. depending on how you carry the one.

With the introduction of the Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche now offers a total of six variants of its sedan. The latest to join the flock will carry a price tag of £86,146 in the UK (around $138k USD, but that includes Britain's massive Value Added Tax), and so far the company hasn't said whether or not the U.S. can expect to get its hands on the car. Still, we'd be surprised if the new hybrid Panamera didn't make its way across The Pond at some point in the near future given America's penchant for gas-electrics. Hit the jump for the full press release.


Gallery: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid



[Source: Porsche]Continue reading 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid unveiled ahead of Geneva debut

2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid unveiled ahead of Geneva debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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