Stuttgart. Shortly before its launch, the new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid has already scored a sensational success. With its parallel full hybrid drive it has won the Intercity Rally at the eleventh Michelin Challenge Bibendum – an international forum for sustainable mobility being staged this year in Berlin. Second place was taken by a 911 Carrera with a conventional combustion engine, proving in the process that Porsche models are fundamentally very efficient vehicles.
The two Porsche models were competing against 14 other contestants in the combustion engine driven production vehicle category of the 300 kilometers or so long Intercity Rally. This category judges both vehicles with conventional diesel and petrol engines as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Acceleration and lap time on a handling course were measured as well as fuel consumption. There were also a number of regularity tests during the 300 kilometer (186 miles) rally south west of Berlin.
With CO2 emissions of 159 g/km the 380 hp (279 kW) Panamera S Hybrid boasts the lowest emissions of any model in the entire Porsche range. That equates to fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100 km (41.5 mpg imp.) based on the NEDC. These values are achieved with optimized rolling resistance Michelin tires, available as an option. But even with the standard tires, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is at an unprecedentedly low level in this class at 7.1 l/100 km (39.8 mpg imp.) based on the NEDC – which equates to 167 g/km CO2.
The double victory by the two Porsche models is proof that the optimum blend of efficiency and driving dynamics is capable of winning even a competition based on sustainability criteria.