Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Oct 12, 2012

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept car combines efficient charging systems with intelligent mobile online services, and advanced hybrid technology that reduces fuel consumption and allows efficient performance.

The concept is a parallel plug-in hybrid that can be driven by a combustion engine, an electric motor or jointly by both drives. The 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine generates 333 hp, while the high-torque electric motor produces approximately 95 hp. Combined, the two assemblies generate an output of 416 hp, and their interplay accelerates the concept car from 0 to 62 mph in less than 6 seconds, according to a Porsche microsite dedicated to the Panamera Sport Turismo.

The vehicle’s fluid-cooled high-voltage battery was created based on lithium-ion technology and can be charged externally. Concealed under the luggage compartment floor, the milled aluminum battery sits under electro-chromatic glass that reveals the power source at the press of a button.

The purely electrical driving mode (e-power) is the standard set operating mode. Depending on the battery level, the car can drive for more than 19 miles on purely electrical power in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and at speeds of up to approximately 80 mph. The combustion engine can be activated if needed, but the e-power mode is ideal for driving with no emissions and nearly soundlessly in urban areas.

In the Panamera Sport Turismo’s hybrid mode, the electric motor and the combustion engine join forces to achieve high efficiency and comparatively low fuel consumption. If the driver is overtaking another vehicle, the electric motor will give the vehicle an additional boost of power. When the car is gliding, the combustion engine will switch off in coasting mode. It can also recover energy to charge the battery if necessary, the microsite mentioned.

The mobile online services enable drivers to access and process all important information about the car via a smartphone app. The most important hybrid functions include e-distance management with information on the remaining charging time, the battery status, e-distance display and a charging timer with user-defined times. Drivers can also use their smartphones to locate the car at any time and attain the shortest route to where it is parked.