PANAMERA WITH GREAT P OWER COMES GREEN BONAFIDES
PORSCHE TURBO S E- HYBRID
For the first time in its almost 10-year history, the most powerful Panamera in Porsche's line-up is also the greenest.
The 2018 Panamera Turbo S EHybrid, is a plug-in that marries an electric motor / battery system derived from the 918 Spyder hybrid with a ripsnorting 4.0L twin-turbocharged gas V8 engine (550 hp / 568 lb-ft). Mated to slick-shifting 8-speed PDK automatic, this full-size sedan puts produces an eye-popping 680 total horsepower and 627 lb-ft. of torque.
As one might imagine, it's blindingly fast: 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 310 km/h. The long-wheelbase (Executive) model is a tenth slower (3.5) with the same top-end velocity. It's also plenty quick in allelectric mode: 0-60 km/h in six seconds, with a top speed of 140 km/h.
Those numbers alone are enough to make the Turbo S E-hybrid the range-topper, but as Porsche explained during a recent media preview
An optional 7.2 kwh on-board charger (230-V / 32-A) can charge the battery in 2.4 hours, according to Porsche.
Among the other standard mechanical kit is an alphabet soup of fancy Porsche chassis tech: Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch wheels lifted from the 911 Turbo. Adaptive aero elements (spoiler) and a three-chamber air suspension system is also standard, and Executive models also gets rear axle steering.
Dimensionally, the Panamera has grown during its redesign. The new car is 34 mm longer, 10 mm taller and rides on a 30 mm longer wheelbase. It's also 215 kg heavier than its predecessor, but is 177 mm narrower. The Turbo S E-hybrid Executive rides on a longer wheelbase (150 mm), and is longer (150 mm) and taller (5 mm) and heavier (100 kg) than the regular version.
From a design standpoint, the new Panamera is still recognizable as such, but it now looks sleeker and more contemporary than the aging first-gen car, which was refreshed for the 2013 model year but dates to 2010.
The new car has a more contemporary face with wider front air intakes, a more squarish headlight design (with quad DRLS) and angular LED tail lights that are reminiscent of recently redesigned Porsches, the 911 especially.
The lines of the car appear more aggressive, especially the power domes that crease the hood, giving it a more bulging appearance. The sides also get distinctive lines, one just below the beltline and two others that run near the bottom of the doors that create a more chisled and athletic appearance. The other design cue that caught this eye is the sloping roofline that flows into a distinctive `flyline' characteristic, a detail featured on all Porsche coupes.
Porsche has also added splashes of neon green (badging, brake calipers) that are designed to set the Turbo S E-hybrid apart, and they've added similar design details on a revised interior layout as well.