Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

We're told choice is everything these days but the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid rejects this idea in spectacular fashion. Quite simply it gives you everything. Want a Turbo Panamera with supercar troubling performance stats? Done. Want some electric-only cruising to purr around town with Prius-style piety? Done. Want extra legroom in the back to kick back while someone else does the driving? It's yours.

Sit. Go fast. Stop. Recharge. Go again.
Sit. Go fast. Stop. Recharge. Go again.
This is a car for life's winners, the kind of people who don't accept compromise and have no time for quibbling over decisions. Choice is for losers. If the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid went to a restaurant it wouldn't waste time perusing the menu - it'd just order everything on it in one go.

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.

Get your zero-emission smug drive on here
Get your zero-emission smug drive on here
The powertrain is, of course, just the core of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid's technical smorgasbord. "The E-Performance boost strategy of the new Panamera is derived from the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car," says Porsche, going on to boast that E-Performance is "seen by Porsche as the performance kit of the future; yet it is on the road today."

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.

Hang on, wasn't that a white car?
Hang on, wasn't that a white car?
The liquid-cooled lithium ion battery under the boot floor can be replenished in six hours via a 10A 230V connection and 3.6kW charger, dropping to 2.4 hours if you add the optional 7.2kW charger. If you want to be really flash you can manage the charging via the PCM module in the car and your smartphone or Apple Watch. A weight figure for all this is notable by its absence from the launch press release - given a Turbo is over two tonnes already and the E-Hybrid already checks in at 2,245kg, don't expect it to be light though.

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"... 


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  • housen 24 Feb 2017

    honestly that's too much power

  • jamespink 24 Feb 2017

    I love the marketing, the car comes standard with everything! Makes me thing the testing procedure is a little off when it rates this car as capable of almost 100MPG...

  • Deerfoot 24 Feb 2017

    housen said:
    honestly that's too much power
    But quite some heft for it to haul around...

  • Robert-nszl1 24 Feb 2017

    The reason why the 911 has always had a following is as much to do with its packaging as anything else. The combination of strong performance, in a relatively light weight body, 4 seats (well almost!), and reasonable luggage space made it a usable proposition for many, especially those who had got to a stage in life to afford a proper performance car, but still needed to stick the kids in the back occasionally. The rear engine layout was forgivable in that context because it offered so much in return.

    The excuse is often given that without the likes of the Panamera, and very specifically the Cayenne before it, the 911 wouldn't exist. Having owned a second series Cayenne Turbo, it still had a lot of Porscheness about it. It certainly offered an SUV experience at that time that you couldn't really get elsewhere. But now we are confronted by a behemoth that is not far off twice the weight of my old 997, and so stuffed full of technology that I don't imagine the driver needs to be awake most of the time. All in the name of ecology with performance (I wish someone would do a study of how much energy is actually consumed producing these things, and the environmental damage done in mining all the rare earths etc required in all that battery/ electronic technology- maybe they have).

    If ever there was a time when we are crying out for the return of the lightness, and simplicity that the great designers like Porsche and Chapman embodied it is now. Energy consumption is certainly something we should all be concerned about but this surely isn't the answer.

  • Fetchez la vache 24 Feb 2017

    This would be a great card to have in Top Trumps

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