The amount of technology in this car and the numbers generated are unprecedented. After all, how many people take a 190mph, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 powered Porsche Panamera Turbo with 550hp, 568lb ft and think "what that needs is an additional and alternative powertrain adding to make it faster still"? Enough to make a £137,140 mega-hybrid a viable proposition it seems, the LWB version with an extra 150mm in the wheelbase costing nearly £10K more.
To the Turbo's twin-turbo V8 Porsche has added a 136hp electric motor that can support the petrol engine or be decoupled for electric-only running as a plug-in hybrid. In this mode you can get up to 31 miles by Porsche's claims. Combined you get 680hp, 627lb ft, 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 192mph. This with official stats of 97.4mpg and 66g/km. Some step up from the V6 petrol-based Panamera 4 E-Hybrid already in the range, its previously healthy sounding combined 462hp and 516lb ft suddenly looking a little weedy in comparison, even if it costs a relatively reasonable (in this context) £81,141.
Ready for some acronyms? You'd better be, because mega hybrid packs a few. An electro-mechanical clutch actuator dubbed ECA controls the power distribution between the petrol and electric motors, the drive going to the wheels via an eight-speed PDK gearbox and PTM variable all-wheel drive. The chassis gets all the bells and whistles too, three chamber air springs paired with PASM adaptive dampers, PDCC Sport active anti-roll, PTV Plus torque vectoring and fitted with 21-inch Turbo Design wheels over PCCB brakes.
And with that the corruption of the hybrid car as a symbol of tree-hugging eco consciousness takes another step forward. Place your bets on the car being unveiled at Geneva to Freddy Mercury bellowing "I want it all"...