STRAIGHT OFF THE BAT, THERE ARE TWO THINGS ABOUT PORSCHE’S MOST POWERFUL PASSENGER CAR – THE PANAMERA TURBO S E-HYBRID – THAT ARE UNBEATABLE AT THE MOMENT.
The first, that this car is probably the most technologically advanced in its class; combining an extremely powerful turbo V8 engine with an electric motor, to produce mind-bending performance from something that couldn’t possibly be bigger, more exclusive and even more expensive.
And secondly, that the Panamera’s already long name couldn’t become even longer.
As you may have guessed, you are probably wrong on both counts.
Because, when the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo arrived in South Africa (after we drove it at the international media reveal in Spain), the Porsche estate launched at R3,009,160, a fair whack of change over the R2,931,000 of its nearest Porsche equivalent, the standard Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It also weighed in at 2,325 kg (15 kg heavier than its sibling), with 20 litres more luggage carrying capacity.
However, among other things that it shares with the standard Panamera S E-Hybrid – apart from a price tag higher than a 911 Turbo – is that it is fast. In fact, very fast indeed.
Few sports car manufacturers out there take as many calculated risks as Porsche. They did it with the Cayenne long before performance SUVs were a thing, and they did it with the Panamera. In 2017 they did it again, with the introduction of the Panamera Sport Turismo, only to up the ante with something that carries the longest Porsche name in history. BERNIE HELLBERG sampled the Panamera
Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo in Malaga, Spain.
I should not have been surprised by this, when I first ascended the Sport Turismo’s throne at the international media reveal in Malaga, Spain, at the end