Porsche’s executive saloon challenger has been facelifted for 2013, which can only be a good thing as the car’s looks have always divided opinion. The headlights have been reshaped, as have the rear lights, and the air intake at the front’s been enlarged. Other changes include a new rear bumper along with newly designed alloy wheels and LED running lights that look like they’ve come from an aftermarket firm. Buyers who opt for the Panamera Turbo get LED lights that have been integrated into the intake.
As well as the new look, Porsche has unveiled plans for a new hybrid version of their luxury four-door machine. The new Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid is 56% more efficient than the current hybrid Panamera as fuel economy rises from 37 mpg to 91 mpg. There’s a new 9.4kwh battery with five times more capacity than the existing car’s power pack. Charging the car now takes 4 hours and the process can be monitored via an app for smartphones.
The petrol part of the equation is a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 that produces 316 hp. When coupled with the 94 hp electric motor, there’s 410 hp available to the driver which will propel the hybrid machine to 62 mph from a standing start in 5.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 168 mph. According to Porsche’s official figures, the new car will go at least 11 miles on electric power alone.
Aside from these changes, Porsche has also dropped the manual transmission option for the new look car. Every Panamera comes with the German marque’s dual-clutch gearbox, except the diesel and hybrid versions.
The new look Pamamera goes on sale from July 2013. Porsche GB hasn’t given any prices as yet, but the German price list only suggests a small price rise is in the offing.