The 2011 Geneva Motor Show is shaping up to have quite a selection of showstoppers from both ends of the power spectrum. On one end, Rinspeed will be showing its electric Bamboo concept, and at the other, Lamborghini will debut its 691-horsepower 2012 Aventador flagship. Meeting in the middle of these two worlds are Porsche’s 2012 Panamera S Hybrid and Land Rover’s Range_e plug-in hybrid-electric SUV.
We already reported on the fact that Porsche would most likely be bringing a Panamera hybrid to Geneva, but now we have the fulldetails. As is the case with the Cayenne S Hybrid, the 2012 Panamera S Hybrid will pair a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine witha 47-horsepower electric motor, and route both through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Net power hybrid powertraincranks out a total of 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque, which will reportedly rocket the Panamera from 0-62 mph in six seconds, and to a top speed of 168 mph.
EPA ratings are still forthcoming, but on the European combined test cycle, the Panamera S Hybrid is expected to achieve up to 35 mpg when rolling on low-resistance tires. A Porsche North America representative tells us the actual EPA ratings will likely ring in slightly higher.
The hybrid Panamera is slated to reach U.S. dealers later this year, and sticker for $95,975 (including destination). Although that’s roughly $5200 more than the base price for a V-8-powered Panamera S, Hybrid models are equipped with Porsche’s adaptive damper system, a rear window wiper, and navigation as standard features.
Unlike the Panamera, Land Rover’s Range_e development vehicle isn’t quite ready for production. The test vehicle, based off a Range Rover Sport, is fitted with Land Rover’s latest plug-in hybrid driveline. A 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 is mated with an electric motor, along with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Precise specifications on both the electric motor and the entire PHEV drivetrain are still under wraps, but the company does say the Range_e has an EV range of 20 miles. When combined with the diesel engine, the vehicle can travel 691 miles before replenishing both the fuel tank and battery pack.
The Range_eheadingto Geneva is one of several working prototypes used by the company for PHEV development. Land Rover hasn’t officially confirmed a version for production, but it’s very likely that a similar system will work its way into future Land Rover and Range Rover models, at least in Europe.
Source: Porsche, Land Rover