This is the most powerful Panamera ever – and comes as an interesting mix between the second generation Panamera Turbo and the 4 E-Hybrid. Yes, it even has green credentials.
The 4 E-Hybrid uses a combination between a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 and an electric motor for a total of 462 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and 517 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters). Now the folks from Stuttgart must have thought about seeing ecologists rejoice – as they weren’t allowed before to touch the mighty 4.0-liter V8 engine from the Turbo. Now they can – and still sleep well at night. That’s because the Turbo S E-Hybrid gets no less than 550 hp (404 kilowatts) from the combustion engine and the electric motor adds another 136 hp (100 kW), on top of that – for a combined total output of 680 hp (500 kW) and a huge torque figure of 627 lb-ft (850 Nm). And yes, this was the rumored Panamera that would use technology trickled down from the sold-out 918 Spyder – more specifically it uses an adaptation of the boost strategy.
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid thus arrives to the party with supercar performance credentials – hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.4 seconds, which is a good 1.2 seconds faster than the 4 E-Hybrid. Full throttle will get you to a top speed of 192 mph (310 km/h) – compared to the regular Hybrid that is “only” good for 173 mph (278 km/h). But the S still retains the same green credentials – the 14.1-kWh battery pack will suffice for an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (50 kilometers). They also share a decoupler for the hybrid module, actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator, as well as eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission delivering the massive power to all four wheels.
The new S E-Hybrid also gets a standard or a long wheelbase option, with the latter being the Executive model that adds 150 mm (almost 6 inches) between the two axles. The model also gets perks such as air suspension, ceramic brakes, 21-inch wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, torque vectoring, and auxiliary air conditioning – the LWB also adds rear-wheel steering. By the way, the new E-Hybrid will share the Geneva Motor Show spotlight with the Panamera Sport Tourismo version – a more practical wagon-like model.