Porsche launches Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

192mph range-topping Panamera adopts plug-in hybrid power

Showing just how significant hybrid power has become to the performance-car industry, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo range is now headed by a Turbo S E-Hybrid model – with a total system power of 671bhp.

The word 'hybrid' often implies fuel-efficiency and claimed economy of 97mpg suggest this is true of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid, too, along with zero CO2 emissions when travelling in electric mode. However, parsimony certainly hasn't taken the place of performance – with a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds, the E-Hybrid deserves its range-topping status.

This performance comes from the same 542bhp twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine as the Porsche Panamera Turbo, but here it's combined with a 134bhp electric motor and lithium-ion battery. When they work together, a total of 671bhp is unleashed to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox. Response when accelerating is said to be instantaneous – 124mph can be reached in 11.9 seconds from rest and you can keep going to a 192mph top speed if you've somewhere safe and legal to do so.

On the economical side of the Turbo S E-Hybrid's split personality, the 14.1kWh (kiloWatt hour) battery capacity is claimed to allow up to 31 miles of silent, all-electric motoring before petrol power is needed. Electric mode can take you to 87mph, although travelling this fast is likely to drain the battery long before 31 miles is reached. A full recharge is said to be possible in 2.4 hours, but some chargers can take as long as six hours.

While low claimed emissions will broaden the E-Hybrid's appeal among business users – CO2-based Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax will be lower than for the conventional Porsche Panamera Turbo – its focus really is more on excitement than environmental kindness and its technology has evolved from the trackday-dominating Porsche 918 Spider supercar. Additional performance-boosting features include a roof spoiler that adjusts automatically depending on the driving situation, providing up to 50kg of Formula 1-style downforce.

Although 'active aero' like this is most commonly seen on the racetrack, it only performs in a grip-enhancing role at speeds of 105mph and above – at lower speeds it adopts a position to minimise aerodynamic drag, improving fuel economy. When the panoramic roof is open, though, it inclines to 26 degrees to reduce air turbulence, for both better economy and a quieter travelling environment for passengers.

Like other Sport Turismo models, the Turbo S E-Hybrid has three rear seats – two individual outer 'buckets' and a narrow fifth central seat for occasional use. Twin reclining rear seats are available optionally. Porsche's dynamic chassis control and a torque-vectoring limited-slip differential are standard to help drivers deploy all that power safely, while standard ceramic brakes allow high speeds to be scrubbed off in a hurry. Adaptive air suspension is also provided, allowing a sporty or relaxing demeanor to be chosen according to your mood.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is available to order now, with prices starting at £140,868.

Recommended

Top 10 best luxury cars 2024
The best luxury cars
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best luxury cars 2024

New 2024 Porsche Panamera – new looks, interior, and Turbo E-Hybrid model
2024 Porsche Panamera front-quarter static view
News
24 Nov 2023

New 2024 Porsche Panamera – new looks, interior, and Turbo E-Hybrid model

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
23 Feb 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Hot car deal: sporty Skoda Octavia vRS Estate for £278 a month
octavia vrs hot deal
Deals
19 Feb 2024

Hot car deal: sporty Skoda Octavia vRS Estate for £278 a month

Volkswagen Tiguan review – family SUV with a trusted formula
Volkswagen Tiguan drive
In-depth reviews
21 Feb 2024

Volkswagen Tiguan review – family SUV with a trusted formula

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
19 Dec 2023

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
12 Apr 2023

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
The best electric cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024