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Next-generation 2024 Porsche Panamera to serve up new 'high-performance' plug-in hybrid with Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E-Performance in its sights

The new Porsche Panamera will break cover later this year in Dubai.

Porsche’s third-generation Panamera has entered the final phase of testing before a global debut later this year, and the German brand has confirmed a new “high-performance” plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will be made available.

While details on the new PHEV are yet to be confirmed, Porsche Head of Product Line, Dr Thomas Friemuth, said the introduction of the new variant is due to customer feedback.

“After already offering three E-Hybrids for the second Panamera generation, we will be adding a fourth plug-in hybrid in the new Panamera,” he said.

“This is our response to the enormous demand from our customers. In some countries, the proportion of E-Hybrids in the Panamera is almost 100 per cent.

“The new derivative is a high-performance model that fits perfectly into the versatile line-up.”

At present, the second-generation hybrid Panamera line-up tops out with the Turbo S E-Hybrid that outputs 514kW/870Nm from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 and electric motor combination.

However, the new Cayenne large SUV is now offered in Turbo E-Hybrid form, which ups the ante to 544kW/950Nm thanks to a powertrain with the same V8 petrol engine.

Thus, the new Panamera could adopt the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid’s powertrain, creating a new flagship Porsche large car.

However, the updated Panamera isn’t all about a new potent PHEV, as strides have also been made to increase driving range and recharge speeds thanks to a larger 25.9kWh battery (up from 14.1kWh) and an 11kW on-board charger.

“We are increasing the electrical performance of the Panamera in all E-Hybrid models with regard to driving dynamics and the important disciplines of electric range and charging speed,” Dr Friemuth said.

“During our tests, we’re driving up to 70 per cent further purely on electric power than we did in its predecessor.”

The more powerful electric motor found in E-Hybrid variants is now also fully integrated into the housing of a new dual-clutch automatic transmission for improved efficiencies.

Porsche has also divulged all versions of the new Panamera will come with semi-active chassis control thanks to two-valve shock absorbers that promises better ride control and comfort.

The 2024 Panamera is due to break cover in November this year at the Icons of Porsche Festival in Dubai, and is expected in Australian showrooms sometime next year.

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