Put Porsche, Hybrid, and >50MPG in a Venn Diagram, and we’re certain that the diagram would have no vehicle would fit in that intersection. In the case of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid Electric Vehicle, we have to make an exception.
A couple of weeks ago we covered Porsche in their future plans, which includes hybrid electric versions of its entire lineup. The question is, what kind of fuel economy could we get out of such a design?
Porsche owners won’t give up sportscar power just to go green, so is Porsche’s hybrid system just for power or does it deliver on fuel economy, too? The Bailey Blade EVR looks to be hybrid electric vehicle that’s designed more for power than for fuel economy, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens with the prototype once it’s finished.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle rated at 416hp, but developers weren’t very forthcoming about fuel economy estimates. Well, the numbers are in, and Porsche test-drivers have done some real-world driving under varying conditions and driving styles, carrying as many as four passengers over 700mi.
The average fuel economy for this small test fleet was 53mpg. Notice I said average? The best fuel economy recorded during testing was 84mpg! Not bad for a sportscar powered over 400hp and able to accelerate 0-60 in just 5.5s (slower than the Model S, though).