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   2011 Hot New Cars
Saturday, March 5, 2011
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Earlier this week, Porsche announced plans to unveil a second parallel hybrid model to stand next to its Cayenne S Hybrid SUV.

We learned last fall that the German automaker was developing hybrid variant of its popular Panamera sedan. That car is slated to receive a parallel hybrid setup comprised of a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 mated to an electric motor – similar to the setup found in the Cayenne S Hybrid. When installed in the Cayenne, Porsche’s hybrid powertrain offers cruising speeds up to 37 mph on electricity alone. The supercharged hybrid powertrain produces 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from the gasoline engine, and 47 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque from electric motor. This version of a Panamera hybrid would be a safe bet for Porsche’s unveiling; however, we also know that there is another Panamera hybrid in the works.

Just a few months ago, Porsche CEO Mathias Muller confirmed that a plug-in hybrid model based on the Panamera Turbo was under development. The Turbo’s twice-boosted 4.8-liter V-8 makes a remarkable 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Pairing that powertrain to a plug-in hybrid setup would be absolutely insane – assuming there is no detuning of the engine – and we hope it moves past the development stage. Porsche claims it is trying to determine the car’s viability in the market.