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Porsche to debut most powerful Panamera in Geneva

And it's a hybrid, with only one other Porsche model making more power

Published: February 24, 2017, 2:30 AM
Updated: February 27, 2017, 2:50 AM

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche will introduce its new flagship sedan — the most powerful Panamera ever — at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. And, it’s a hybrid.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

The 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid combining the Panamera Turbo’s 550-hp 4.0-litre twin turbo V-8 with a 101-kW electric motor, to put down a combined 680 hp, while whipping up 626 lb-ft of torque.

Using the 8-speed PDK (dual clutch automatic transmission), that’s enough to propel the all-wheel drive car from zero to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds, and give it the capability to hit a top speed of 309 km/h. Yet, when driven with the care of an electric vehicle, it will return combined fuel economy of 2.9 litres per 100 km (rated on the new European cycle).

A 14.1 kWh battery allows it to run on electricity alone for over 80 km, and takes 12 hours to recharge using a standard electric plug, using the standard 3.6-kW on-board charger. Using the optional 7.2 kW charger lowers charging time down to less than three hours with a 240 connection.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid interior

A smartphone app allows the process to be controlled remotely, and also allows the car to begin heating or cooling before driving off.

Available in two wheelbases (an Executive version is 150 mm longer), the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is fitted with a standard air suspension with active suspension management (PASM), and also with Porsche’s Traction Management system, ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control that includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), and the Sport Chrono Package.

The Executive version also gets rear steering, 8-way power rear seats and 4-zone climate control.

Both versions will be available late in 2017.