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New Plug-in Hybrid and Extended Wheelbase Variants Added to Revised Panamera Range

 New Plug-in Hybrid and Extended Wheelbase Variants Added to Revised Panamera
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The new Porsche Panamera

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, April 3, 2013

ATLANTA, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche is introducing its first
plug-in hybrid and two new extended wheelbase variants with the second
generation of the Panamera. The new Panamera S E-Hybrid produces 416 total
system horsepower and is joined by Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo
Executive models in the revised Panamera lineup.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130403/CL87913)

Further, S models are now powered by an entirely new 3.0-liter V6 engine with
twin turbochargers. The broadest model range in its class has been further
expanded, now consisting of nine models for the U.S. market. New and
further-developed technologies offer improved performance while also enhancing
fuel efficiency and comfort. The new Panamera is characterized by tighter
lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements. The refreshed
Panamera celebrates its world debut at Auto China in Shanghai, which opens on
April 21, where further details on the new models will be revealed.

Panamera S E-Hybrid sets new standards in performance, efficiency, and
convenience in everyday use.
The new Panamera S E-Hybrid improves upon the concept offered by the previous
Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance
battery that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public
vehicle charging stations. The electric drive produces 95 hp, more than double
the power of the previous model's electric motor (47 hp). Electricity is
stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has
increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kWh). Via the integrated
on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC),
the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours
when connected to a 240V power source.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid expands upon the driving performance of the previous
generation, while fuel consumption is reduced when compared to the previous
Panamera S Hybrid. Final U.S. EPA fuel economy ratings will be available
closer to launch. Simultaneously, its electric-only driving performance is
substantially improved, enhancing acceleration, range, and top speed.
Electric-only driving is possible without any fuel consumption or local
emissions, which is especially advantageous in city driving. The electric
driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is estimated to be greater than 20
miles based upon current NEDC testing. Driving range may vary in real world
operation, due to the effects of environmental conditions, terrain, air
conditioning and heating use, driving style and other factors. The Panamera S
E-Hybrid can reach up to 84 mph in all-electric operation.

The Panamera S E-hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph
in 5.2 seconds, an improvement of a half second when compared to the Panamera
S Hybrid. An electric boost function helps in instances where maximum
acceleration is desired, when the electric motor works in tandem with the
combustion engine during acceleration. Electric boost is also available when a
kick-down switch in the throttle pedal is activated by the driver during
acceleration.

The car's top track speed is 167 mph. The parallel full hybrid system
developed by Porsche also offers "coasting" at higher speeds, a mode wherein
the internal combustion engine is turned off and the electric motors use
vehicle momentum to generate electricity that is stored in the lithium-ion
battery.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid also includes an entirely new range of convenience
functions which can be activated and operated by Porsche Car Connect, a mobile
app available for Android and iOS-powered devices. These functions include a
charge status indicator and the ability to control the vehicle's new auxiliary
climate control option, which enables vehicle preheating or cooling via the
Porsche Car Connect app. These functions can also be programmed from inside
the vehicle. A mobile device may also be used for remote access to vehicle
information, such as remaining driving range or vehicle location. Other
functions not specific to the hybrid drive will also be available as options
for other Panamera models via the Porsche Car Connect mobile app.

Long wheelbase, spacious rear seating area: Executive models feature extra
comfort
The two full-sized rear bucket seats offered in the Panamera have proven so
successful that Porsche is expanding this generous rear passenger compartment
room with two new Panamera Executive models. The new Panamera 4S Executive and
Panamera Turbo Executive models feature a wheelbase extended by 5.9 inches,
enabling even more rear seating comfort and come with an extensive range of
standard features. For example, all Executive models are equipped with
Adaptive air-suspension featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM),
which combines superior performance and enhanced ride comfort.

More performance and efficiency in a smaller powerplant: the new twin-turbo V6
engine
Increasing both performance and efficiency has long been a core Porsche
philosophy. In the new Panamera, this approach takes form in a 3.0-liter V6
engine with twin turbochargers. The twin-turbo V6 replaces the naturally
aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine in the previous-generation Panamera S and
Panamera 4S. The new bi-turbo engine is also used in the Executive version of
the Panamera 4S. The engine's figures themselves are indicators of progress:
increases of 20 hp and 15 lb-ft torque when compared to the outgoing V8
engine. Carefully-managed turbocharging ensures that the maximum 384 lb-ft
torque is available across most of the twin-turbo V6's operating range.

With the exception of the Panamera S E-Hybrid, all Panamera models are
equipped with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); the
Panamera S E-Hybrid uses the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic. The PDK
transmission works in tandem with other vehicle systems to enhance fuel
savings in the new generation Panamera. For example, the optimized engine Auto
Start Stop feature now turns the engine off earlier while coasting to a stop.
With the exception of the Panamera GTS, models with PDK also offer a coasting
function in which the clutches open in overrun allowing the engine to idle and
the vehicle to coast freely. This function can significantly improve fuel
economy, especially when traveling on the highway.

Revised exterior with a new option: LED headlights
Exterior design changes of the new Panamera are extensive. The tighter and
more prominent lines up front are especially apparent in the larger air
intakes and the transition to the headlights. Perhaps the most distinguishing
feature of the new generation Panamera is a new trunk lid; its laterally
stretched glass emphasizes the vehicle's width and makes for a more aggressive
stance. Rear body proportions were also changed. A larger automatically
deploying spoiler and a tighter transition to the rear lights complement the
treatment at the front of the vehicle noted above.

The new Panamera continues the tradition of multiple options that enable
owners to customize the look and function of their vehicles. Full-LED
headlights, which lend the new generation a striking appearance, are now an
option.

In addition, an expanded lineup of assistance systems is available for safety
and convenience. The revised adaptive cruise control system is now offered
with Porsche Active Safe (PAS). This system visually and audibly alerts the
driver in the event of a sudden decrease in following distance and briefly
tugs on the brakes. It can also intervene in the braking process and apply
increased braking pressure in an emergency braking situation, if required.
Another new feature, camera-based lane departure warning, offers greater
convenience and safety in city and highway travel.

The new generation of Panamera models will be available starting late in 2013.
Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive variants will be available in
2014. Pricing details are as follows:

Panamera       $78,100
Panamera 4     $82,800
Panamera S       $93,200
Panamera 4S      $98,300
Panamera S E-Hybrid       $99,000
Panamera GTS      $113,400
Panamera 4S Executive        $125,600
Panamera Turbo  $141,300
Panamera Turbo Executive    $161,100

*Base pricing does not include options, taxes, dealer charges, and a
destination fee of $975.

About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the
exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera
sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche
AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately
220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 190 dealers.
They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class
experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership
in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts
some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

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SOURCE Porsche Cars North America

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Contact: Product Communications, Nick Twork, +1.678.323.6975,
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