New York, New York – Porsche has debuted two new versions of its Panamera four-door sports car, the 2012 Panamera S Hybrid and Panamera Turbo S, at the New York International Auto Show.

“Today we are unveiling two new, dynamic and high-performance Panamera models,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “One is a highly advanced hybrid and the other is a car that raises the bar higher than ever in the premium sports sedan segment.”

The Panamera Turbo S, the new top-of-the-line model, uses a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 generating 550 horsepower, 50 more than the Panamera Turbo that also carries the engine. The torque also increases from 516 to 553 lb-ft of torque, with up to 590 lb-ft generated temporarily by the Sport and Sport Plus overboost modes in the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo. Using launch control, the newest Panamera can reach 96 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

The Panamera S Hybrid does not sacrifice high performance or luxury, but still produces 380 horsepower and fuel consumption of 6.8 L/100 km in the Europe driving cycle testing, making it the most fuel-efficient Porsche of all time. It accelerates from zero to 96 km/h in 5.7 seconds with a top track speed of 270 km/h, and can run in pure electric mode for approximately 1.6 kilometres at speeds of up to 85 km/h.

The parallel full hybrid system also reduces consumption at high speeds thanks to its “sailing” or coasting mode. When the driver lifts off the accelerator at normal highway cruising speeds, the gasoline engine switches off and disengages from the drivetrain by a decoupling clutch, eliminating the engine’s drag forces and braking effect in the interest of lower resistance, fuel consumption and emissions.

The Panamera S Hybrid uses a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, delivering 333 horsepower, supported by a 47-horsepower electric motor. Depending on driving conditions, the two can work independently or together to drive the rear wheels.

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