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Why Do WE Pay More

Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: tandem | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Why Do WE Pay More


The Australian market though small, has been fiercely loyal to the brand, this is an appalling way to treat such loyalty.

As I finished up this article, – the fool sitting next to me just Kicked the Sh_t out of himself with laughter, He read this article, then turned and said ” this car only gets 30-mpg? it’s a hybrid, right? dude the 2010 Porsche 911s gets 31-mpg wtf “

Porsche Centres across Australia are now taking orders for the Panamera S Hybrid, with deliveries beginning in August. The Panamera S Hybrid is priced at $298,300. [GRIPE] The same car – identical – in the USA and UK is on sale for $95,000 Australian Dollars. As a Porsche Owner this customer is OUTRAGED! How much longer is the Australian market going to cop this, this is an extremely disloyal attitude from Porsche.

A Porsche Australia Spokesman says

“There are many factors that contribute to the price differences that you currently see between Australian Porsche vehicles versus those delivered in the USA. As the standard specification of an Australian Porsche is significantly higher than the equivalent vehicle in the USA (and far above the same vehicle in Europe), in essence we are not comparing the same vehicle. Further to this, Australian delivered vehicles continue to attract 5% import tax, and of course additional taxes of LCT and GST. Furthermore, we now publish a clear ‘drive-away’ price, which includes all fees and charges, whereas the MSRP in the US does not include local state based sales taxes and/or any additional fees. the USA.”

To avoid ths blatant gouging, it is possible to have the car imported NEW via a specialty importer. Most vehicles will land with a 2 year Porsche Factory Warranty, savings vary – but expect to save around $100,000 on the Panamera S Hybrid

The Panamera S Hybrid is driven by the same powertrain featured in the Cayenne Hybrid, combining a 250kW supercharged V6 with a 34kW electric motor, sending power to the rear wheels through Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptonic S transmission.

Energy for the electric motor is drawn from a nickel metal hydrid battery, which also stores kinetic energy recovered from braking and driving.

The big Porsche can be driven either by the petrol engine alone, the electric motor alone, or – most often – a combination of the two.

Together with low rolling-resistance tyres, the hybrid arrangement sees the Panamera S Hybrid returning fuel consumption figures of 6.8 l/100km and CO2 emissions figures of 159g/km.

Top speed is listed at 270km/h, and the 0-100km/h sprint is covered in 6.0 seconds – just 0.6 seconds short of the regular Panamera S.

The Panamera S Hybrid is also equipped with adaptive air suspension and adaptive shock absorbers, along with a unique readout with details of the Hybrid powertrain’s status.

The Panamera S Hybrid marks the beginning of a new chapter of Porsche Intelligent Performance, as well as continuing the success story of the four door Gran Turismo. Without sacrificing its sporting driving dynamics and elegant travel for four passengers, the new Panamera S Hybrid combines a total power output of 380 hp (279 kW) with CO2 emissions of just 159 g/km, achieving a performance ratio of 2.39 hp per g/ CO2 that is unbeaten in the UK car market.

In addition to offering 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph, the Panamera S Hybrid returns fuel economy of 30.4mpg Combined. These statistics position the Panamera S Hybrid as offering impressive levels of efficiency, achieved through a combination of clever engineering solutions under the skin and the use of lower rolling resistance tyres specially-developed by Michelin.

The range in purely electric mode is approximately 1.25 miles, with driving in this mode possible up to 53 mph, depending on the road and traffic conditions. The Porsche hybrid drive is also the only system in the world able to exploit additional consumption reserves thanks to its so-called ‘sailing’ function. During phases when no power is required from the combustion engine, ‘sailing’ entails switching off the engine and disengaging the drivetrain at speeds of up to 103 mph (Cayenne S Hybrid 97 mph).

The Panamera S Hybrid is driven by the same engine combination that has already proved itself in the Cayenne S Hybrid, a model which already accounts for a fifth of Cayenne sales in the UK. The main propulsion is provided by a supercharged three-litre V6 engine delivering 333 hp (245 kW) supported by a 47 hp (34 kW) electric motor. Both power units are capable of powering the Panamera S Hybrid either alone or in combination. The electric motor also operates as a generator and a starter. Together with the separating clutch, it forms the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission.

The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery where the electrical energy recovered while braking and driving is stored. Power transmission is handled by the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic S, with a wide spread of ratios, as already fitted to the Cayenne.

Every Panamera has a high level of standard specification that includes leather interior, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear ParkAssist, tyre pressure monitoring, automatic dimming rear view mirrors, Porsche Communication Management with touch-screen satellite navigation and audio controls, cruise control and a three year warranty.

The Panamera S Hybrid also features adaptive air suspension as standard, plus the innovative display panel – already seen in the Cayenne Hybrid – that provides the driver with all the relevant information about the vehicle’s specific hybrid driving status.

With the introduction of the new hybrid, the Panamera range now comprises six different models with a choice of two- and four-wheel drive and four engines. This diversity echoes the evolving preferences of Porsche customers, and which the sales success of the Panamera is already confirming. Approximately 15 months after sales started, nearly 30,000 vehicles have been delivered worldwide, of which over 1,000 have been in the UK.

The Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale in the UK in June 2011, priced from GBP86,146. The low emissions of 159 g/km CO2 is of particular relevance to fleet and company car buyers as it sits under the Company Write Down Allowance threshold of 160g/km. This means for a company purchase, the price can be offset against tax at the rate of 20% per annum.

Fitted to every Panamera is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.

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