2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Unveiled
Stuttgart goes big with the range-topper Panamera wagonby Jonathan Lopez, on
Porsche first introduced the Panamera in 2009 at the Shanghai Auto Show, and since then, we’ve seen a plethora of models and updates. The second generation arrived just last year, and now, there’s a new flagship iteration dubbed the Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Put all those names together, and what you’re left with is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 mated with an electric motor, offering both rip-snortin’ performance and plug-in hybrid eco friendliness, as the mood may strike you. The electric motor makes 136 horses all by itself, while the V-8 makes 550 horsepower. Working in concert, they produce 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, essentially making this new Panamera one of the most powerful Porsches ever.
Outside, you’ll find active aero like an adjustable roof spoiler, as well as 21-inch wheels. Handling stuff includes the option for rear-axle steering, plus standard spec like Porsche’s branded ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control, and torque vectoring. Keeping it shiny side up is a three-chamber air suspension system. Meanwhile, the power makes its way to the pavement by way of an eight-speed PDK transmission, as well as an active AWD system. Important numbers look like 3.2 seconds for the 0-to-60 mph run, 11.6 seconds in the quarter mile, and a top speed of 192 mph. Fuel mileage and range will be announced closer to launch. Pricing is set at $188,400. Look for it in dealers next spring, and read on for further details.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
What Should I Expect In The Cabin?
Inside is Porsche’s advanced cockpit set-up, as well as a variety of driver assistance tech (adaptive cruise control, etc.). Options include seating for four to five passengers.
And since the Sport Turismo is framed as a wagon, practicality was a definite consideration. As such, the new model gets a big tailgate, low loading floor, and more cargo volume. With the rear seats up, there’s 15 cubic feet of space, while the rear bench can fold in a 40:20:40 split for extra room. Folded all the way down, cargo room expands to 45.7 cubic feet.
What About The Electric Motor? Does It Make This Porsche Green?
Maybe not by Prius standards, but framed as a sports car with nearly 700 horsepower, most definitely.
The electric motor is juiced by a lithium-ion battery pack rated at a 14.1-kWh capacity. Plug it into the wall, and it takes 12 hours to reach full charge, while the optional 7.2-kW charger will take just three hours from a 240-volt source. Charge management is controlled via the Porsche Connect app, supported on either smartphones or Apple Watch, which means you can suckle at the teat of the local grid during off-peak hours.
And while Porsche has yet to announce the all-electric range, we’d expect around 30 miles with a full charge, give or take. After that, you’re the burning dino juice.
What do you think, dear reader? Does the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid tickle your fancy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned for our forthcoming full written review.