Porsche's new hybrids - the Panamera saloon and Cayenne off-roader - will achieve comfortably more than 30mpg, the company revealed today. Porsche's first petrol-electric car will be the Cayenne Hybrid and it will land in showrooms by the end of the decade, capable of 31.4mpg or 9L/100km.
Although Porsche's claims are annoyingly vague (is this figure an average consumption, or at a steady 56mph? They don't let on...), we'd expect the lighter and more aerodynamic four-door to be even more economical.
Anything else I should know about the Panamera?
Porsche is being quite boastful about the space its big four-door saloon will offer. The four-door will be longer than a Mercedes S-class, so Porsche claims the Panamera will offer ‘a brand-new experience of roominess’ and the two backseat occupants will have ‘surprisingly generous headroom’.
The new Panamera goes on sale in 2009, but if you want the full story on the gran turismo from Stuttgart, check out the February 2008 issue of CAR.