A wonderful mélange of beauty, power, luxury, and efficiency.
Proving once and for all hybrids don’t necessarily have to be dull, Porsche is giving the second-generation Panamera an electrified flagship. It is Stuttgart’s most powerful Panamera to date by pairing a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine with an electric motor to develop a grand total of 680 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.
Not only is it the strongest Panamera ever made, but it’s also the quickest. Zero-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) takes an amazing 3.4 seconds, thus making it two tenths of a second faster than the Turbo version fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Go all-out on a track or on the unrestricted sections of the German Autobahn and the speedometer will display 310 km/h (192 mph), representing a minor bump of four km/h (two mph) over the Turbo.
Much like the other Panamera sedans, the new range topper that goes by the full name of “Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid” can be had in a long-wheelbase Executive version adding almost 150 millimetres (six inches) between the two axles to extend rear legroom.
Since we’ve already mentioned “efficiency, the 14.1-k"Wh lithium-ion battery pack has enough juice for an electric range of up to 50 kilometres (31 miles). When used as a hybrid, the car is going to consume just 2.9 litres / 100 km in the New European Driving Cycle, but we all know NEDC is overly optimistic.
Pricing is already out for the high-performance electrified Panamera, which costs $209,800 for the short wheelbase version, and $221,700 for the Executive (long wheelbase) model.