By   October 30, 2013

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Monday of this week we had the opportunity to drive the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid on both the road and track. Driving it in both environments was an opportunity to really see the cars Jekyll and Hyde personality.

On one end of the spectrum you have an environmentally conscious sedan that can drive up to 22 miles at speeds up to 84 mph on a single charge. What is more is that you can fully charge the battery while driving the car. Where other plug-in cars simply move where the emissions are being created (i.e. power plants), the E-Hybrid will allow you to create those emissions while the car is moving, instead of sitting in the garage. Thanks to this it can be even greener than other plugins as you can be getting somewhere while the battery is fully charging and then drive it on pure electric power once it is charged.

The car is super quite in full electric mode which is perfect for a nice quite drive with the family (of course that might mean you can really hear the children fighting in the back). You can also put it in hybrid mode and the engine will come on as needed, this will give you some engine noise which is nice to have in a performance car.

But while all this environmentally friendly stuff is fun, we are all about the performance. This is where the personality of the car really changes. You can put it in the Sport Plus mode and take it on the track. In this mode the entire personality of the front-engined hybrid changes. It becomes more aggressive and in this mode the gas powered engine is always on and it uses the electric motor to give you extra power.

On the track it felt much the same as the fully gas powered S model. The addition of the electric power was seamless and if it weren’t for a gauge on the dash you wouldn’t even know that it kicked in. Even with the added weight for the hybrid system, you didn’t really feel it while driving it hard.

The only other hybrids that are available for sale that I can imagine are better are the new hybrid supercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder. Of course these pure ultra-high performance cars cost much more many than most of us can afford. So, for most of us cars like the Panamera S E- Hybrid are more attainable and offer very good performance and fuel economy.

If you are looking for a plug-in hybrid and still want very good performance, then the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a good choice for you. That is unless you can afford something like the 918 Spyder, then go for that.