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Porsche hybrid proves itself with test drives

How do you prove that a vehicle can live up to the hype: you put it through a series of test drives during an international press event, and certainly the Porsche Panamera SE Hybrid (pictured) has silenced the doubters with its' performances in Germany.

The plug-in hybrid vehicle was able to cover a staggering 746miles and averaged fuel economy of 53.4mpg.

While that was its average, its maximum fuel economy performance on the circuit course was quite staggering at 84mpg. According to NEDC testing, combined fuel consumption for the Panamera plug-in hybrid will be 75.9mpg with CO2 emissions at 71g/km.

The car boasts an all-electric range of 22.4miles.

Porsche Panamera SE Hybrid White

Let's take a look at some of the key features that have helped the vehicle achieve these excellent statistics:

Powertrain: The Porsche Panamera SE Hybrid comes with a Euro 6-compliant 3.0litre direct injection V6 engine. It delivers 329hp of power with 440Nm of torque. It can race from 0-62mph in just 5.5seconds; while achieving a top speed of 168mph.

In addition, it comes with multiple driving modes including: e-power mode, that is activated by default when the battery charge is sufficient; hybrid mode, which takes over when e-power is deactivated; and e-charge, a newly developed driving mode activated by a push button that charges the battery during driving.

Motor and battery: The vehicle features a new electric motor that is 48hp stronger than the previous model. It comes with maximum torque increased by ten-fold to reach 310Nm.

Eight-speed tiptronic: An eight-speed automatic transmission has been included without any modifications to the vehicle.

The new Porsche Panamera SE Hybrid is set to go on sale on July 27, 2013.

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Paul Lucas

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