Porsche‘s four-seater limousine is quite a looker, and so is the S E-Hybrid model. Could there be a local launch happening soon? If so, will it be a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’?
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is one of the best looking Porsche’s we’ve seen to date. Its design is a huge departure over the previous generation which seemed rather wrong in many places. But this second generation also spawns a new plug-in hybrid model, with crazy amounts of torque. But here is a breakdown on the limo itself.
What you get with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a 4.0L biturbo V8 that puts out a commendable power output of 550bhp and 770Nm of torque. That sounds rather plentiful, but since this is a hybrid, there is a secondary power source which comes in the form of an electric motor. The latter is good for 136bhp and an additional 80Nm of torque. With the two powertrains combined, you get a total system output of 680bhp and 850Nm of torque. In comparison, the regular Panamera 4 E-Hybrid “only” puts out 462bhp and 700Nm of torque.
Power is sent to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) adaptive all-wheel drive system via the Porsche DoppelKupplung (PDK) eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. When at full chat, the century sprint can be achieved in just 3.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 310kmph.
Of course, this would empty your fuel tank rather quickly. So, for a more conservative drive, the car has a full-EV range of 50km. This is thanks to the liquid-cooled 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery which supplies the additional power to the electric motor.
Charging the car is done via a 10A/230V connector, which takes six hours for a full charge. But for faster charging, there is an optional 7.2kW on-board charger and a 32A/230V connector. The latter can supply a full charge in just 2.4 hours.
Upon startup, the car will be in E-Power mode by default. But once on the move, stepping on the accelerator with some force will automatically put the car into Hybrid Auto mode. This means that both electric motor and V8 engine will work in tandem to provide the additional power. According to Porsche, the car has a fuel consumption of just 2.9l/100km. This has also been certified under the NEDC cycle.
In terms of comfort, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is as good as it gets. Think of it as a luxurious German four-seater limousine with a rapid and powerful powertrain. It comes standard with a three-chamber air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension System (PASM). Also included on the list is auxiliary air-conditioning which kicks in when the battery is recharging. Also thrown in is the usual leather seats and other necessities one would expect in a luxury limousine.
Porsche’s Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels in the 911 Turbo Design all come as standard on the car. But the Executive version adds on the rear-axle steering.