When Porsche first announced it would be releasing a hybrid model, people had a hard time believing it. But from the $750,000 Porsche 918 Spyder to the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, the German sportscar maker has doubled down on the technology. Now, it’s taking things a step further, with a plug-in version of its 2013 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.
Set to join the U.S. market in the middle of 2013, the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid plug-in will be a U.S. version of the European Panamera S Hybrid plug-in, which achieves a range of 19 miles while running strictly on electricity. The European plug-in variant also employs the basic Panamera S Hybrid drivetrain, so Porsche won’t have to go back to the drawing board to bring it Stateside. The European Panamera S Hybrid plug-in is powered by a turbocharged V-6 engine and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in Porsche Panamera will see the addition of a mains charger and a nickle-metal hydride battery that will succeed the larger lithium-ion power source.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid fit for active duty in the U.S. is EPA-rated at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, and costs $95,975. It begs the question: How much more will the plug-in version cost, and will its fuel economy be worth the additional price? Sound off in the comments below.
Source: Motor Trend