Panamera hybrid to hit Canadian dealerships in the fall

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Porsche Cars Canada says it will add the Panamera S Hybrid to the lineup this fall bringing the model line up to six variants.

With a price tag of $108,700 and called the “most economical Porsche of all time,” the S Hybrid has a total power output of 380 hp with fuel consumption of only 6.8 L/100 km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), equating to CO2 emissions of just 159 g/km.

“It achieves these values in part thanks to low-rolling-resistance tires developed specially for the Panamera,” the company said in a release. “But even with standard performance tires, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is an unprecedentedly low 7.1 L/100 km, equating to 167 g/km CO2.”

The Panamera S Hybrid is driven by the same engine combination that has already proved itself in the Cayenne S Hybrid. Primary propulsion is provided by a 3.0-L supercharged V6 engine delivering 333 hp, supported by a 47-hp electric motor.

The electric motor, which can operate both as a generator and a starter combines with the decopuling clutch to form the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission.

The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery, where electrical energy recovered from braking and driving is stored. The transmission is the same eight-speed Tiptronic S fitted in the Cayenne models, with a wide spread of ratios.

Porsche says it has sold over 30,000 Panameras worldwide since it launched. Canadian sales totals have been strong for the vehicle with 387 sold in 2010.