Driven - - Re­veal In­ter­na­tional -

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.

SPEED DE­MON

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

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