Porsche recalls Panamera hybrids in North America
If you’re currently looking out your window in the United States to see a Panamera Hybrid on your driveway, it’s worth checking to see if it’s one of the cars that Porsche has recalled. For Porsche has had to recall a number of 2018 model Panamera Hybrids due to a fault with their brakes.
The problem, which affects 112 cars in total, is specifically to do with the front brake lines, which Porsche has reason to believe will corrode over time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who issued the recall notice, corrosion in the brake lines - and I quote - “may affect the front braking performance.”. Now there’s a level of understatement I haven’t heard for a while.
The 112 effected cars include standard, long wheelbase, and Sport Turismo versions of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Turbo S E-Hybrid. In order to put the problem right, Porsche will need to replace the disintegrating brake lines, plus anything else that may have had its performance compromised by the fault.
The lesser of the two effected models - the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid - uses a 2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 in combination with its electric motor to send 456bhp and 512lb-ft of torque to all 4 wheels, resulting in a startlingly quick 0-60mph time of around 4.5 seconds. The Turbo S E-Hybrid on the other hand teams its electric power with a 4L Twin-Turbo V8 for a total output of 671bhp and 627lb-ft of torque. For these cars, 60mph is merely 3.3 seconds away when you’re at a standstill, and if you keep your foot in it, you’ll eventually reach a top speed of 192mph. With that kind of performance under your right foot - along with the immense 2.3-2.4 tonne mass of these cars - the absolute last thing you want is for the brake lines to rust away to nothing.
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