Porsche is known for its prestige, power and performance, and its hybrid introduction to the Panamera line does not disappoint. While its hatchback design may put some off, the interior is nothing short of spectacular with well-appointed materials that deliver unmistakable luxury.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid features a supercharged V6 engine paired with an electric motor. When driving, this system enters a coast mode, which causes the engine to shut off and the motor to take over. The powertrain and eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, deliver performance and acceleration you wouldn’t expect out of a hybrid. There is also a surprising amount of cargo space, given the sportscar-esque design.
Changes for 2012
The 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid is all new for 2012, bringing improved fuel economy to the line in a manner that doesn’t sacrifice power, response or handling.
What We Like
This four-door option delivers an impressive 22/30 mpg city/highway, making it a great choice for those who drive long periods, or who just want that hybrid badge. Adaptive Air Suspension is also a welcome feature, as it allows you to tailor your driving experience to your own comfort by selecting Sport, Comfort or Sport Plus. We also like that this is a four-passenger vehicle. While that extra spot for a person is great in other cars, being able to sit in the rear seat comfortably is a major win.
What Concerns Us
Given the overall performance and luxury of the 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid, there is little that requires concern. However, buyers need to be aware that there is a hefty price tag for owning the Porsche prestige coupled with a hybrid vehicle. You will also have to adjust to the styling, which is a bit on the odd side.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid is available in one model. If features a combination of an electric motor with a 3.0-liter V6. Together, this combination delivers:
- 380 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
- 428 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000 rpm
- City/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg
There has been one recall issue for the 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid. Some models may experience a leak in the fuel injection system. If this occurs around an ignition source it could result in a fire.
There have been no common complaints reported about this hybrid.