The S E-Hybrid is Porsche’s green offering to please environmentalists with a penchant for speed
1/30/2015 5:00:36 PM
|written By : Keegan Gan & Sarjeet Singh|
With the S E-Hybrid, Porsche’s desire is to be more environmentally conscious is achieved with its fuel efficiency of 3.1-litre per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 71 g/km in comparison to the GTS variant with a specification of 10.7-litre per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 249 g/km from its 4.8-litre V8 engine.
The car’s supercharged V6 engine produces 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm whilst the electric unit generates 95 hp and 310 Nm from 2,200 rpm. In Sport mode, with the electric motor and engine working in unison, the torque hikes to 590 Nm from only 1,250 rpm to 4,000 rpm and horsepower is up to 416 hp at 5,000 rpm. That’s powerful enough to propel the sedan to a century sprint of 5.5 seconds.
But why would a petrol head want a hybrid car? It may even sound a bit paradoxical, until you drive one that is. In the default E-Power mode, it’s eerily silent except for an electric motor whine and tyre noise. When fully charged, it has a maximum range of about 36 km and a top speed about 135 km/h. Charging the lithium-ion battery on the move is also at one’s disposal with the flick of the E-Charge button. Alternatively, you can let the engine management system switch the drive to engine power when there’s no more juice from the battery, in which the latter gets charged in this mode.