Lean, Mean, Green Machine

By Rima Suqi / September 30, 2011

Meet the most fuel efficient Porsche of all time. The Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale later this year, and while EPA estimates weren’t available at the time of this writing, we are able to say it has a fuel consumption of 6.8L/100km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). A 3.0-liter super-changed V6 333 horsepower engine is supported by a 47-horsepower electric motor. Depending on conditions, the engines can operate together or separately to drive the rear wheels. The electric motor, which also serves as the car’s generator and starter, is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery that stores electric energy recovered primarily from braking. The Panaamera S Hybrid goes from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds and has a stop track speed of 167 mph. Its electric-only acceleration maxes out at about 50 mph, with a one-mile range. Chances are it won’t have the same fuel economy as a Prius or Insight, but that’s probably not the reason you eyed this baby in the first place. From $95,000,

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