The Panamera e-Hybrid S was the second Porsche I’ve reviewed, last year I took the Cayman S for a ride, to read more about it click [here]. This Porsche was more intriguing because it’s a hybrid and I haven’t tried a hybrid before. When I turned the car on for the first time it was completely silent.
As it turns out, the car enables electric driving when turned on, which is really quiet. It’s like driving the car with the engine off, that’s how quiet it is. The idea of the hybrid is to run on electricity while you are driving slow or at a halt in a traffic light for example, but switches to running on fuel when you start speeding.
That way you save on fuel while at the same time reducing CO2 emission (you’re looking after the environment).This Panamera shouldn’t be taken lightly, it will jump from 0 – 100km in 5.5 seconds with a 3-liter V6 Engine pumping out 416 Horsepower making it one of the fastest hybrid cars in the world. You basically have a hybrid that gives you the performance of a sports car.
There are two ways to charge it, you can simply plug it in at home. The Panamera comes with the standard plug you can use on any electric output. Alternatively you can let the 3 liter V6 engine of the car act as a generator to charge the electric engine. So one option is to charge the car while it’s off and the other while you’re driving.
It took me around 2.5 hours to fully charge the electric engine. On a full charge the electric engine will give you around 19 km in distance before you have to charge it. It runs out quicker than I had expected, will take one day or less before you have to charge it again but you can always let the V6 engine of the car generate power for you. Keeping in mind you can still drive the car just fine when the electric power runs out.
The driving experience of the car itself is on par with all the luxury cars that aren’t hybrid. This Panamera is considered a face-lift from the original one, there has been some major and minor adjusting. They’ve reshaped headlights, added larger front air intakes, new tail lights, and a new flared rear bumper incorporating the number plate.
The Panamera e-Hybrid S is simply gorgeous from the inside, it’s a pleasure to drive. You reach the point where you drive it for the sake of driving it rather than getting to your destination. A feature it has that really helps in Kuwait is ‘AC MAX’, best for when you enter the car and it’s really hot. You tap the button and the AC will go on full speed for the minute or two to quickly cool up the place for you.
Those sitting at the back get the same luxury of those sitting in front. There’s a lot of leg space and comfort. This car works both for a family, or a business man with a driver. The Panamera e-Hybrid S starts at KD 37,000 in Kuwait, you can read it’s entire specifications sheet by clicking [here]. To read more about Porsche’s E-Power engine click [here].