Not so Spy­der

Wheels (Australia) - - Part 2 Australia -

The Panam­era Turbo S E-hy­brid is said to be re­lated to the manic 918 Spy­der, which also uses an elec­tric mo­tor to bol­ster its engine – an atmo 4.6-litre V8 screamer – but in re­al­ity nei­ther share any hy­brid sys­tem com­po­nen­try. The Panam­era does, how­ever, adopt the same ‘ boost strat­egy’, which is the pow­er­train map used to de­ter­mine when elec­tric power as­sists in­ter­nal com­bus­tion. Where some elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles favour ef­fi­ciency, the Panam­era sys­tem, at least in ‘S’ and ‘S+’ modes, is all about highg per­for­mance and driver re­ward.

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