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2014 Porsche Panamera

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It’s been four years since the Porsche Panamera has sat under the show lights at Shanghai’s Auto Show, but its 2014 edition is well-deserving of some attention with its cleaner lines, new engine technology, and plenty of external upgrades. First up, if you peel under the skin, you’ll notice that we now have the option of a plug-in hybrid, the Panamera S E-Hybrid, which offers 416 hp of combined power thanks to a 95 hp electric motor, or a entirely gas-powered 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 440 horses, replacing the original V8. Both models pick up new trim packages, which Porsche is calling the “Executive,” with a longer wheel-base to provide more room in the back as well as a 7-speed double-clutch gear box and an optional 8-speed Tiptronic S for the Hybrid for maximized efficiency. The Hybrid can also travel up to 22 miles purely on its lithium-ion batteries, which only take 4 hours to charge from a normal home socket. While the power has increased, price surprisingly hasn’t with the Panamera V6 starting at $78,100 and the plug-in model at $99,000. Look for the 2014 Porsche Panamera range to land in showrooms late in the year, and stay tuned for the official debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show on April 19th.