It’s hard to believe over a decade ago Porsche introduced the world to its first Gran Turismo entry, the Panamera, in 2009. Among all the several variants produced since then, perhaps the most exciting and innovative to come out of the factory in Stuttgart has been the introduction of the hybrids.
—By Benjamin Yong
“As a technology platform for innovations that were later transferred to other models, the Panamera has played a significant role in shaping the past ten years of the brand’s history,” says Michael Steiner, member of the executive board of research and development, in a press release.
“With its high-performance hybrid variants, it is now above all a trailblazer for electromobility at Porsche,” adds Steiner, previously serving as the first Vice President of the now famous product line.
The latest offering, the Turbo S E-Hybrid, is the most powerful one yet. As if utilizing the twin-turbocharged 550-horsepower 4.0-litre V8 found in the gasoline model wasn’t enough, designers have shoehorned in a supplementary electric motor together, creating a combined output of 680 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque — meaning within the lineup only the 918 Spyder hyper car is faster.
In other words, nothing to sneeze at.
Both a quick shifting eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system with Porsche Traction Management are standard, helping the four door rocket get from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, up to a top speed of 309 km/h.
But the best part? Up to 50 kilometres can be travelled in a zero emissions mode for fuel-free driving around town. When the gas engine kicks in, the car has an average fuel consumption rating of 3.0 L/100 km in mixed city and highway conditions. Charging the high voltage 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery takes approximately 12 hours using household Level 1 charging, or less than three via 240-volt Level 2.
For anyone who hasn’t been in a Porsche in awhile, a lot has changed connectivity-wise. The interior features a next-generation 12.3-inch Porsche Communication infotainment system responsible for controlling most important vehicle functions, and displaying hybrid-specific information. Doing away with the previous myriad of confusing physical switches, users can adjust the stereo, climate and much more by touch.
The five-seater doesn’t look half bad, either. The body was completely overhauled in 2017, closer aligning the aesthetic with that of the iconic 911. Cue the four-point signature LED daytime running lights, steeply sloped roofline, sporty side window shape, powerful fender flares, thin taillights connected by a single LED bar and 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels.
Additional exterior highlights include the quad exhaust pipes and lime green brake calipers gripping standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. Like the regular version a hidden adaptive rear spoiler splits as it opens to generate extra downforce on the rear axle at higher speeds.
The 2020 Porsche Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $214 600. There are also two more partially electrified models available: a similarly-specced wagon-esque Sport Turismo ($219 800), and a 4 E-Hybrid ($117 800) making 462 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
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