Published on October 10th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair0
Porsche’s Hybrid Models Light up Sepang
Porsche Asia Pacific staged the region’s first-ever E-Performance Nights event in Malaysia, which kicked-off with a Road Tour of the beautiful Kuala Lumpur city skyline at eventide, followed by a one-of-a-kind racetrack experience at Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) Sepang.
Taking place on 8th and 9th October 2018, the pioneering event showcased the brand’s top echelon of Porsche plug-in hybrid models, such as the 887 bhp 918 Spyder and 680 bhp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, on the racetrack after dark – giving a taste of Le Mans style driving. The Cayenne E-Hybrid, which makes its first debut in Asia Pacific at the event, was also driven for the first time by media in the region. Furthermore, a scale model of the Mission E, now christened Taycan, was on display together with an integrated Augmented Reality (AR) experience that previews the brand’s future all-electric vehicle.
Porsche was the first manufacturer in the premium segment to offer plug-in hybrid systems in three different model lines. Today, the Panamera and Cayenne plug-in hybrid models are part of the company’s strategy to offer efficient vehicles that are also everyday sports cars. This paves the way for the launch of the Taycan, the company’s first purely electric car, in 2019.
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Of the models taking centre stage at Sepang International Circuit, the 680 bhp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid (also its Sport Turismo derivative onsite) displays best-in-class performance in comfort and sport with its 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 and electric motor with a 14-kWh battery. Bearing Porsche’s iconic design DNA, it features typical Porsche driving dynamics combined with maximum efficiency, as well as the boost strategy which originated from the 918 Spyder.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid, meanwhile, combines Sports Utility with a new performance-oriented hybrid strategy that heightens emotionality, while maintaining its day-to-day usability and off-road capabilities. It delivers 462 bhp and 700 Nm from a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 and electric motor with a 14.1-kWh battery, through an 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox.
Both plug-in hybrid models are perfect illustrations of Porsche’s commitment to E-Performance.