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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept Presented in Paris

10/3/2012
At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Porsche presented a plug-in version of its next-generation gas-electric hybrid drive powertrain, which is installed in a modified Panamera with a station wagon body style and 4-passenger seating. The result is the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept.

This concept vehicle displays a redesigned front end with a new hood and LED headlight arrays, and the new rear end employs three-dimensional LED taillights and an adaptive carbon spoiler. The Panamera Sport Turismo is painted Liquid Metal Blue and features Acid Green brake calipers, dual-spoke 2-tone wheels, and "e-hybrid" badges on the flanks.

E-hybrid signifies Porsche's new plug-in hybrid technology. An evolution of the existing full parallel hybrid powertrain offered in the Cayenne and Panamera, the E-hybrid powertrain pairs a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine with a 95-horsepower electric motor and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

Together, these components produce 416 horsepower, and the Panamera Sport Turismo's E-hybrid system can travel 18 miles at speeds up to 80 mph before needing a recharge, which takes 2.5 hours, according to Porsche. Acceleration to 60 mph takes less than 6 seconds, the automaker says, and the Panamera Sport Turismo is rear-wheel drive.

The E-hybrid system's default driving mode is electric until the battery is depleted, but the driver can elect to conserve pure electric driving for certain situations where it is most advantageous. Porsche says the system also includes an e-charge mode for the gas engine that allows the driver to "intentionally intensify charging of the high-voltage battery" while driving.

New technology is also included inside the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept, with traditional gauges replaced by a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen in front of the driver, able to call up a variety of information on demand. A center touch-screen panel includes controls for the climate system, the Porsche Communication Management system, adjustable seat positions, hybrid system driving modes, a reversing camera display, and more. Smartphone applications allow for remote vehicle management.

With all of this technology onboard, one might wonder if the Sport Turismo Concept preserves the traditional ignition location to the left of the steering wheel. The answer is yes, via a touch-sensitive portion of the TFT screen.

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