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Official: 2014 Porsche Panamera arrives with new E-Hybrid, long-wheelbase models

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2014 Porsche Panamera

Porsche will officially unveil the refreshed 2014 Panamera at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, and there’s a whole lot in store for the updated model, far beyond the minimal styling tweaks you see here. Sure, there’s a new fascia with more prominent LED lighting (including full LED headlamps) and the rump has been tweaked ever so slightly, but the big news for 2014 concerns what’s underneath that rakish skin.

First up, Porsche will now offer a Panamera S E-Hybrid model – a plug-in hybrid that builds on the technology first introduced in the Panamera S Hybrid that we tested in 2011. For this new application, a more powerful electric motor and higher-performance battery have been fitted (official specs have not been released just yet), and Porsche says the battery can be recharged in just two and a half hours when the car is plugged in to a 240-volt outlet, and the charging (as well as other vehicle data) can be monitored via a new Porsche Car Connect app available for Android and iOS devices.

The E-Hybrid will have an all-electric driving range of “greater than 20 miles” and will be able to travel at speeds up to 84 miles per hour solely on electric power.

As for performance, the E-Hybrid will reportedly have an all-electric driving range of “greater than 20 miles” and will be able to travel at speeds up to 84 miles per hour solely on electric power. And because this is a Porsche, performance has not suffered – the automaker says the Panamera S E-Hybrid will be able to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 167 mph. Total system output for the E-Hybrid is rated at 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission will be used with this application.

Speaking of performance, Porsche will be offering a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the Panamera, which replaces the naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 from the S and 4S models. This new engine is good for a power increase of 20 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over that V8 (bringing the final numbers up to 420 and 383, respectively). While official fuel economy numbers haven’t been released just yet, we’re told that this new engine, combined with the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and auto start/stop, will offer significant fuel economy improvements.

Lastly, and perhaps most fitting to the car’s planned debut in China, Porsche will be offering extended-wheelbase versions of both the Panamera 4S and Turbo. Called the Executive models, these cars offer 5.9 inches of extra length in the wheelbase, and come standard with “an extensive range of standard features,” including Porsche’s adaptive air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The 2014 Panamera will go on sale in the US starting late in 2013, priced from $78,100 for the base model and reaching as high as $161,100 for the Turbo Executive. That nifty new E-Hybrid comes in at $99,000, and other models like the GTS and Turbo are priced from $113,400 and $141,300, respectively. (All prices do not include $975 for destination and handling.) Have a look below at Porsche’s press release for the full pricing information, as well as the full smattering of details.

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