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Porsche is introducing its Panamera Sport Turismo

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PARIS: Porsche is introducing its Panamera Sport Turismo that it says combines Porsche performance with everyday practicality.

The  evolutionary, sporty body concept comes with a next generation hybrid drive.

The drive system, symbolised by the “e-hybrid” badge on the front wings, is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid that Porsche already implements today in the Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid.

The new electric motor produces about 70 kW (95 hp), which is around twice as much as in today’s Porsche hybrid drive, while the supercharged three-litre V6 engine still produces 333hp here.

Both work together to accelerate the concept car from zero to 100kph in less than six seconds.

The concept vehicle with its 416hp of peak system power is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 130kph and can cover distances of over 30km.

 

Combined fuel consumption is less than 3.5 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are under 82 g/km.

The electric power pack of the Sport Turismo e-hybrid consists of a lithium-ion battery whose performance is several times that of the nickel-hydride battery currently used in production, although it has practically the same dimensions.

Its 9.4 Kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity and high peak power is said to enable faster acceleration, longer electric driving range and higher speeds when driving without the internal combustion engine.

The default operating mode of the e-hybrid prioritises all-electric driving, but the driver may deactivate this by pressing a special button on the steering wheel. In addition, when the car is being operated in hybrid mode the driver can select the e-charge mode by pressing the steering wheel button to intentionally intensify charging of the high-voltage battery.

This is especially useful when one section of the driving route on a motorway is followed by a section through a city that should be driven in pure electric mode without local emissions.

As a plug-in hybrid, the fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery is not only charged while driving; it can also be externally charged within 2.5 hours (depending on the power supply) via a charging interface on the vehicle. Porsche uses a universal charger (AC) that is wall-mounted in a home garage and has a standardised charging plug.

On the outside, the overhangs are short, and the boot lid is large.

The concept car, now on display at the Paris Motor Show, combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with the interior comfort of the luxury class.

The Sport Turismo is 1,990 mm wide, a low 1,401 mm in height and 4,950 mm long. Its direction indicators and sidelights are integrated in C-shaped lighting units – known as C-Blades – mounted in the large air inlets at the front end. Together with four-point LED headlights, they define the front end appearance of the concept car.

The smooth and taut exterior skin is not interrupted by add-on parts – there are no conventional exterior mirrors.

In their place, the Sport Turismo has two cameras mounted in the side air outlets whose images are shown on the displays in the cockpit. The rear body has been completely reshaped, yet is still a  Porsche at a glance.

The rear lights in LED technology and the tail-light panel with the “Porsche” badge are sculpted in three dimensions, and the brake light is positioned between the four-point LED rear lights.

Forming the roof termination is an adaptive carbon rear spoiler that is said to produce improved downforce. – The Star