Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
One clear trend from L.A. is high-performance and luxury carmakers throwing down with hybrids at all levels. With Chinese demand leading the way, hybrids and EVs are about to become the rule, not the exception. And when the hybrid in question is the $188,400 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid Sport Turismo with 680 hp and a top speed of 192mph, we’re hardly talking about a car with performance comprises. (We might suggest they shorten the name, however?)
For fans of the Turismo version of the Panamera, which to our eyes looks far better than the traditional four-door, you’ll be happy to know Porsche hasn’t screwed up the basic math. The hybrid drivetrain is still mated to a PDK, dual-clutch eight speed transmission, and the 136hp electric motor is paired with a whopping 550hp V-8. This arrangement is designed to juice all-four wheels, with the instant torque of the electric motor allowing scorching 0-60mph launches of just 3.2 seconds.
And unlike many hybrids, this car has plug-in capability, with as little as three-hour fast charging. So we’re expecting Porsche to announce a pure electric drive mode as well.
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