Thursday 17th February 2011


Tax-friendly Porsche will please fleet managers, but probably not Porsche purists

Presumably in part to give its most purist fans something to get hot and bothered about while they wait for the long-wheelbase Panamera, Porsche will put its new Panamera S hybrid on sale in June.

Joking aside, the 374bhp hybrid Panamera will sport the lowest CO2 output of any sporty large saloon (just 159g/km, for carbon footprint fact fans), besting the diesel offerings from the likes of the Jaguar XJ and BMW 7-series ranges.

The running gear is shared with the Cayenne hybrid and combines a 44bhp electric motor with a 330bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that you might recognise from such fast saloons as the Audi S4.

The hybrid can run electric-only up to 37mph, while flat-out performance is 0-62mph in 6.0secs and a top speed of 168mph.

At £86,146, the Panamera S hybrid pitches in between the Turbo and 4S models, but for your extras £3k over the 4S you do get air suspension and 19-inch wheels.

Crucially, of course, you also slip below the threshold of 160g/km that, for tax purposes, means businesses can write off more of the cost of the car. A Porsche as a fleet favourite? Who'd have thought it?


Author: Riggers
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