850Nm of torque: Just a few years ago that was a figure fit for a full-size, diesel pickup. Today that is just one figure which represents the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. By combining the turbocharged 4.0l V8 from the Panamera Turbo with a hybrid system similar to that used in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Porsche has created the most powerful Panamera variant yet. This super sedan produces a combined 686 horsepower, and can reach 60MPH in just 3.2 seconds. Not bad for a Porsche which is capable of 81MPG.
The latest Panamera E-Hybrid is fundamentally similar to the V6 powered version which debuted a few months ago. The Porsches share a 136 horsepower, 400Nm electric motor. They share 14.1 kWh battery packs, and they share 3.6kW charging systems (a 7.2kW system is available as on option for both cars). They also share a 50km pure-electric range and an 8-Speed PDK gearbox. Like the V6-powered Panamera, charging can be started using a timer using Porsche Communication Management or the Porsche Connect app on your smartphone or Apple Watch.
What they do not share is their gasoline powerplant. Where the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid utilizes a 330 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6, the new Turbo S E-Hybrid utilizes a 550 horsepower turbocharged V8. The V8 produces more power on its own than the V6 Porsche's gasoline and electric powerplants combined. Like the V6, the Turbo S starts in pure electric E-Power mode as standard, and will engage the gasoline powerplant when the battery charge drops below a minimum value or when more power is demanded by the driver.
All of this additional power gives the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid prodigious performance. The 0-60 sprint is dispatched in just 3.2 seconds, and the top speed is 192MPH. The theme of exemplary performance continues when the car leaves the test track and enters NEDC testing. Fuel consumption is given as 2.9l per 100km (roughly 81 miles per gallon), and consumption of 16.2kWh per 100km in pure electric mode.
The cabin is little changed from the rest of the Panamera range. The Turbo S E-Hybrid will be available in both standard and Executive versions, the latter offering an additional 150mm of wheelbase for improved rear seat comfort. Standard features include auxiliary air conditioning, which allows the climate control system to be used even when the car is charging, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes(PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport(PDCC Sport) with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus(PTV Plus), Porsche Active Suspension Management(PASM) and three chamber air suspension. The Executive model receives rear axle steering as standard.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Pricing
In the US, pricing for the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will be $184,400, while the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive will start at $194,800. These prices exclude the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.
Arriving in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid pricing starts at $209,800 and $221,700 for the Executive version
In Germany, pricing will start at EUR185,736 for the standard wheelbase and EUR199,183 for the Executive model.