Hitting peak practicality and performance in Porsche’s latest Panamera
When the wraps came off the Sport Turismo at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, they did so alongside a new concept in Panamera performance, the Turbo S E-Hybrid. It was only a matter of time before these two debutants were introduced, and that time is now.
The (take a deep breath) Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo combines four-litre V8 with electric drive for a maximum combined output of 671bhp (combined fuel consumption 3.0 l/100 km, energy consumption 17.6 kWh/100 km; 69 g/km CO2e.) Peak torque, meanwhile, is rated at a staggering 850NM, all of which is available from just 1,400rpm. Combine this with the Sport Turismo’s standard adaptive all-wheel drive system and eight-speed PDK gearbox and this family-friendly five-door will hit 62mph in just 3.4 seconds and charge on to a top speed of 192mph.
Blistering performance is, however, only part of the package. The range-topping Sport Turismo can drive for over 30 miles on electricity alone and return a potential average of 94mpg on the New European Driving Cycle. And the ingeniously configured interior offers a unique ‘4+1’ seating set up and maximum load space of 1295 litres.
The flagship Sport Turismo comes with all the bells and whistles too, with standard equipment including Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control roll stabilisation with the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus rear differential lock. To rein in that performance you get the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system behind 21-inch alloy wheels, Power Steering Plus and the Sport Chrono Package. And as with all Panamera Sport Turismo models with power over 434bhp, the new car benefits from adaptive three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management.
With active aero and a boost system derived from the 918 Spyder, the Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a technological tour de force. Onboard the digitalised Porsche Advanced Cockpit provides ground-breaking assistance systems such as Porsche InnoDrive, including adaptive cruise control and optional rear-axle steering. The adaptive roof spoiler maximizes aerodynamic efficiency but also provides up to 50kg of extra downforce on the rear axle at speeds above 55mph when in Sport and Sport Plus driving modes.
The order books are already open for what promises to be one of the most versatile cars in the Porsche stable.
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: combined fuel consumption 3.0 l/100 km, energy consumption 17.6 kWh/100 km; 69 g/km CO2e