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 680hp and 627lb ft of torque.
Not only is the most powerful Panamera ever made, but it’s also the quickest. 0-62mph 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 192mph, representing a minor bump of 2mph over the Turbo.
Much like the other Panamera models, 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 150mm between the two axles to generate more rear legroom.
Since we’ve mentioned “efficiency” in the subheadline, the 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack has enough juice for an electric range of up to 31 miles. When used as a hybrid, the car is going to consume just 97.4mpg in the New European Driving Cycle, but we all know NEDC is overly optimistic where plug-in hybrids are concerned...
Pricing is already out for the high-performance electrified Panamera, available on its home turf in Germany from €185,736 in the standard guise and from €199,183 for the Executive variant. In the UK, prices start at £137,140.
The hybrid supercar disguised as a luxury saloon is on display at the Geneva Motor Show sitting alongside the lovely Sport Turismo, which is Porsche’s fancy way of saying 'practical estate car'.