Porsche Panamera goes super-hybrid – 510kW do you?

⦁ Meet the most powerful Porsche yet
⦁ Four-litre turbo – and 100kW electric motor
⦁ Just look at the performance data – awesome

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA
2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA

ATLANTA, Georgia – Porsche, for the first time at an auto show – in this case Geneva in March 2017- will introduce a plug-in hybrid sports car as its headline model… though it will also be packing a four-litre turbo V8 petrol engine.

Let’s not be too silly, hey?

So, which one? Easy! The 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, and before your lip starts to curl read this data: 0-100km/h 3.2sec, 307km/h, 510kW, 850Nm. Only the limited production 918 Spyder, Porsche says, has ever had more power.

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA
2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA

However, according to the New European Driving Cycle, the average fuel consumption is 2.9 litres/100km with pure electric power from the 100kW electric motor for as far as 50km.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is, after the debut of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with its twin-turbo V6 and electric motor, the second hybrid Panamera and uses boost strategy frm the 918 Spyder.

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE CLOUT

The decoupler is actuated electro-mechanically by an electric clutch, as is the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, for quick responses and “exceptional comfort”. The huge clout is directed to the road through all four traction-managed wheels and a quick-shifting eight-speed Porsche double-clutch transmission.

The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery takes 12 hours to full charge through a domestic connection, less than three with a 240V 40A connection and the process can be started by a Porsche communication management timer or by a smartphone command.

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA
2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA

The console between driver and front passenger is dominated by a 30cm touchscreen; either person can set the display which includes satnav, online functions of Porsche Connect Plus and smartphone integration via Apple Car Play.
The control panel has touch-sensitive switches on the centre console for more functions.

Air-supported suspension is standard.

CAR-SLOT CHARGING

The S E-Hybrid starts in electric mode and, if so set, can easily cover the average commute and whack the battery back up to par through a charger in your (given that you own a Porsche!)  personal parking slot. However, when hoofed or the battery charge drops too low, the real engine kicks in.

As already mentioned, driving like this, 2.9 litres/100km will be possible.

The Turbo S E-Hybrid is expected to reach US dealers by the end of 2017 – and in two versions – as described above or with a 15cm longer wheelbase. South Africa, you’ll be happy to know, will be earlier than that – perhaps mid-year – with standard and long-wheelbase units available.

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA
2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA

Prices? A Porsche SA spokesperson told The Corner, “less than R3-miilion, the LWB item a little more”. Hey, you don’t get extra length for nothing…

Standard equipment on the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid includes ceramic brakes, sort chassis control and a Sort Chrono package. Auxiliary aircon, adaptive aero elements and three-chamber air-suspension are also standard.

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The Executive version gets rear-axle steering, eight-way power rear seats with comfort head rests and four-zone climate control. Both models have 21″ 911 Turbo design wheel rims.

As further price guidance, the price for the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in the US will be $184 400, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive from $194 800. Make a call to your nearest Porsche franchise.

Let’s hope the rand keeps improving but those prices today (Feb 27 2017) equate to R2 400 000 and R2 520 000. Import duty and VAT will apply in South Africa.

2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA
2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA HYBRID. Image: Porsche / Newspress USA
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