It's the most powerful Panamera ever.
Porsche introduced the second-generation Panamera last year at the Paris Motor Show where one of the models on display was the 4 E-Hybrid. Combining a biturbo 2.9-litre V6 with an electric motor enabled the electrified sedan to develop 462 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque. Now, the folks from Stuttgart are launching a “Turbo S E-Hybrid ” version that comes along with a beefy 4.0-litre V8 engine replacing the six-cylinder unit.
With the combustion engine pushing out 550 hp and the electric motor generating 136 hp, you’re looking at the most powerful Panamera model Porsche has ever made. It has a massive combined output of 680 hp and mountain-moving torque of 627 lb-ft. The engineers have adapted the boost strategy from the sold-out 918 Spyder supercar when developing the new range topper in the Panamera family.
Speaking of supercars, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has the performance numbers to go up against some of the fastest cars in the world, while seating four people in utmost comfort and their luggage. It runs to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) from a standstill in only 3.4 seconds, thus making it 1.2s quicker than the aforementioned 4 E-Hybrid. Go all-out and the hybridized super sedan will reach an impressive top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph) whereas the non-S model can “only” do 278 km/h (173 mph).
Both E-Hybrid models have enough battery juice from the 14.1-kWh pack for an electric range of as much as 50 kilometres (31 miles) and share a decoupler installed in the hybrid module, which is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator. Another piece of hardware the two have in common would have to be the eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in charge of sending the power to both axles.
As is the case with the regular E-Hybrid, the hotter S model will be available with a standard wheelbase and with a stretched one for the more expensive Executive model adding 150 millimetres (almost six inches) between the two axles to grant superior rear legroom. As standard, the new arrival in the growing Panamera family benefits from an air suspension, ceramic brakes, 21-inch wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, torque vectoring, and auxiliary air conditioning. Go for the long-wheelbase model and you’ll also get rear-wheel steering.
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will celebrate its world premiere next month at the Geneva Motor Show where it will sit alongside the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon. Pricing details are already available for the Canadian market where the standard-wheelbase model will kick off at $209,800 while the Executive model will begin from $221,700.