There’s a new alpha dog in the “affordable” Porsche pack, and it has four doors.
Porsche will unveil the newest Panamera in their lineup at Geneva, and its plug-in powerplant will make all factory Porsches but the outrageous and limited-availability 918 tuck their tail and run.
With 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque – the most powerful factory Porsche ever, other than the 918 – the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will have some serious growl, running like a scalded dog to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. All of this is provided by the 4-liter V8 twin turbo from the Panamera Turbo coupled to a 136 hp electric motor, pushed through the ubiquitous PDK dual-clutch transmission found on the other Panameras.
I think it’s safe to say most Porsche drivers don’t care much about economy, but keep in mind this is a hybrid car, so we can’t ignore the stats completely. European standards for mileage indicate that drivers should see approximately 81 mpg. Actual EPA ratings have not been released yet, but should be published closer to production time. Porsche also estimates that you can travel about 30 miles on just the 136 hp electric motor before the car will switch you to hybrid mode.
Plug the car into a normal 110v outlet when you park it in the garage and it will take 12 hours for your electrorocket to fully charge, but that can be shortened to a fourth of the time by using the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger – 3.6 kW is standard – and using a 240v, 40 amp connection.
With the $186,000 price tag comes ceramic composite brakes, torque vectoring, the Sport Chrono package, air suspension and auxiliary air conditioning, among many other standard features usually reserved for the expensive options checklist.
All of this is wrapped in the second-generation Panamera body, an arguably vast improvement over the ugly duckling exterior of the first Panameras that rolled off the assembly line. Expect to see this big dog roaming the streets sometime late this year.