The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid takes on the 911 Turbo S. Can the super saloon out-muscle the Turbo?
A few months ago, the folks over at Autocar pitted an Audi R8 V10 against a Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in a drag race. At the end of the quarter-mile, the Panamera absolutely crushed the Audi. In this video, the Panamera is back again to take on a new challenger: the 911 Turbo S. Having more power than the R8, it’s interesting to find out if the Panamera can win again.
When it comes to all-out acceleration, the 911 Turbo S is hard to beat with its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six that puts out 572 bhp and 516 pound-feet of torque. It certainly doesn’t pack the punch of the Panamera. With its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor, the super saloon makes 671 bhp and 626 lb-ft of torque. The biggest factor is the weight difference between the two. The Panamera sits at a hefty 2,411 kg while the 911 only weighs 1,594 kg. It’s too close to call just by looking at the numbers.
Gallery: Porsche Panamera drag races 911 Turbo S
Both were put into launch mode to get the best start possible. Once the flag dropped, the Panamera and 911 each got off to a fantastic start, and throughout the race the 911 was never more than a couple of car lengths.
That’s right: the Panamera lost the race, though it’s still a super saloon that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The 911 crossed the line in 10.8 seconds while the Panamera clocked 11.4 seconds. The fact the Panamera was less than a second behind the 911 speaks volumes. For now, the 911 S is the king of the quarter-mile between these two siblings, but not by much.