When it comes to supercars, hybrids are becoming the cream of the crop. This rings true for the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid plug-in. It’s both a hybrid and the most powerful Panamera ever.
Supercar. No kidding. The S E-Hybrid packs 680-horsepower with a 626 pound-feet of torque punch. The power comes from a turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and an electric motor. It goes 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Top speed equals 192 mph. The only Porsche with more power is the limited production 918 Spyder.
Keep in mind this isn’t a sports car that’s clocking those numbers. In case you need a refresher on the Panamera, it’s the four-door, mouth-watering, luxury, coupe-like sedan.
The gas engine comes from the standard Panamera Turbo. It only rates 550-horsepower with 567 lb-ft of torque in the standard model. Therefore, the other 130-horsepower comes from a 14.1-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery powering the electric engine. You can go about 31 miles in all-electric mode on a full charge.
Just like the rest of the Panameras, the plug-in hybrid connects with eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It channels power to all four wheels with Porsche’s active all-wheel drive. No fun factors are held aback either, with it getting active roll stabilization, sport dynamic chassis control, and traction management.
The model really does check the eco box. Even with the crazy power numbers. Note that it runs on all electric up until gas power becomes absolutely necessary. Those moments are when you press the pedal past a certain point, requiring a heavier dose of power, or when the battery runs low.
The money you’ll save at the pump is chump change next to the sticker on this babe. Hence getting behind the wheel of the base Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $185,450. Like the rest of the lineup, you can also opt for the fancy Executive option. Throw in over $10,000 more for the executive. It starts at $195,850.
If those numbers are a bit much for you, check out the standard 4 E-Hybrid Panameras. Of course, these still aren’t cheap. The base starts at $100,650. The top dog executive at $105,150. Their power doesn’t line up though with the turbo. Still, they create 462-horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 4.4-seconds. Not bad at all. Plus, they still use the same beautiful Panamera exterior and interior design.
The plug-in model will officially launch next month at the Geneva Motor Show.