Porsche at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show. Preview

Porsche is bigging up the hybrid at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show, showcasing the new Panamera S E-Hybrid.

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Porsche has an eye on the future at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show next month, where the new Panamera S E-Hybrid will take pride of place on its stand. The Panamera S E-Hybrid uses a petrol-electric powertrain to develop 410bhp, accleration from 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 270kph.

So far so impressive, but Porsche‘s headline stat is how far it can travel on electric-only power: 36 kilometres in full zero-emission super-silent power, at speeds of up to 135kph. Not bad. The battery that powers the electric motor can be charged from an industrial outlet in around 2.5 hours through an integrated charger, or in four hours through a standard household socket.

Porsche also has a hybrid powertrain on its new 918 Spyder hypercar, which will start arriving in the Middle East next year. All this means that Porsche thinks it’s important to shout about its efficiency skills as well as performance, even here in the land of cheap fuel.

“The Dubai Motor Show is the perfect platform for us to showcase that E-Mobility is a future milestone in the automotive industry,” says Porsche Middle East boss Christer Ekberg. “We want to show that our hybrid models are authentic sports cars which do not constrain drivers at all. On the contrary, hybrid systems result in extra performance and of course efficiency.”

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