Porsche is undoubtedly one of the most iconic automakers, and its sports cars have been pleasing enthusiasts for decades. So when Porsche began deviating from its tried and true recipe of classically styled performance coupes, more than a few in the industry raised an eyebrow. In an effort to expand its sales and customer base, Porsche gambled and developed the Cayenne SUV. The Cayenne instantly proved to be a success, but debuting during the height of an SUV craze in America only could have helped things along.
Then came the Panamera, a four-passenger sedan with a hatch instead of a trunk, and styling that looked all the world like someone had stepped on a Cayenne. A Porsche four-door hatchback? Suffice it to day, the Panamera had its detractors, as well.
But as it turns out, this gamble paid off, too. Currently the two best selling vehicles in Porsche’s lineup are the Cayenne SUV, followed by the Panamera. And this week the 100,000th Porsche Panamera rolled off the assembly line in Leipzig, Germany. To add to the occasion, this wasn’t just any Panamera, it was the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, produced in “rhodium-silver metallic.” Porsche introduced the Panamera S E-Hybrid last month in Shanghai, and the model builds on the Panamera S Hybrid significantly. The electric motor produces 95 hp compared with the Panamera S Hybrid’s 47 hp. Overall the S E-Hybrid is capable of 416 hp combined, and with a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds, this hybrid touts enough performance to sport the Porsche badge. The 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid will start at $99,975 after delivery.