• Porsche Panamera To Get Range-Topping, 700-Horsepower Hybrid Version

Reported model would sit above the Porsche Panamera Turbo S

The Porsche Panamera has been one of Stuttgart’s most popular models ever since it made its debut in 2010. Now on its second-generation, the Panamera is reportedly getting an evolution of sorts, one that will feature the introduction of a hybrid version that would sit on top of the model range. Yes, it’s going to be faster and powerful than the Panamera Turbo S.

MotorTrend is reporting that Porsche is already developing a version of the Panamera that will utilize the same hybrid technology that the company used on the 918 Spyder hypercar. It still doesn’t have a name, but there’s already talk that it could come out with an output in the vicinity of 700 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. Do the math and that adds up to a possible increase of 120 horses and somewhere around 200 pound-feet of torque over the Panamera Turbo S. Granted, the Turbo S has yet to be revealed, but given that the Turbo version already gets 550 horsepower 567 pound-feet of torque, the S version usually adds about 40 ponies and 50 pound-feet of twist to that number.

Whatever the case may be, the hybrid version of the Panamera – maybe we can start calling it the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid? – is expected to take the reigns from the Turbo S version as the range-topping model of the entire Panamera family. The design should also be something similar to the second-gen Panamera that was just unveiled a few days ago, although MotorTrend also added that it’s been described to them as a “918 with a back seat.”

Nothing is official until Porsche says it is, but something about a flagship Panamera hybrid infused with 918 Spyder technology sounds like something the German automaker would do. Besides, there are also rumors that Porsche is also bringing back the V-6-powered Panamera S Hybrid with the objective of making it the most fuel efficient version of the entire Panamera range. That would make two hybrid versions of the Panamera with dramatically different characteristics bookending the whole range. That sounds like a great plan to me.

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Why it matters

If revealing the second-generation Porsche Panamera wasn’t big enough news for Porsche, now comes this report that the German automaker is already thinking of ways to fill up the entire range with all-new versions that the first-gen model never got. A Panamera that uses 918 Spyder hybrid technology is without question the biggest addition to this range.

Now there have been rumors in the past that Porsche would one day use the technology it developed for the 918 Spyder on its mainstream models. But this is arguably the closest it’s ever come to becoming a reality. A confirmation from Porsche would be nice too, but for now, let’s settle with this because as much as I want to hear it from Porsche directly, Motor Trend is one of the most reputable auto sites in the business.

Even if you take that part out of the equation, a range-topping, hybrid version of the Panamera makes a lot of sense for Porsche, especially if it follows up on its plan to expand the Panamera range. There aren’t a lot of ways to go about this expansion than to utilize a technology that has never been translated into any other Porsche model in the past. It’s a great move, if it ever comes to fruition, and one that I’m already looking forward to.

Speaking of using the 918 Spyder’s hybrid technology, MT also said that Porsche is considering making a similar move for its sports cars, most notably the most iconic model in its lineup, the Porsche 911.

And on that bombshell, let’s sit back and start giggling.

Porsche Panamera

2018 Porsche Panamera High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Porsche Panamera here.

Source: MotorTrend

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