2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Bows
Porsche’s follow-up act to the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan is the new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Besides having one of the longest names in today’s automotive realm, it delivers something a bit foreign to American drivers—a large rear tailgate. With similar functionality to a traditional station wagon (Porsche doesn’t mind if you call its Sport Turismo a wagon), the expanded rear decklid, with an innovative active spoiler, increases the Panamera’s luggage capacity, lowers its rear liftover, and improves entry and exit for three second-row passengers.
680 horsepower on tap
Most hybrid vehicles offer only modest power, but that’s not the case with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. In addition to a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, which is rated at 550 horsepower, the Porsche packs an electric motor that develops 136 horsepower. Combined, the two generate a total system output of 680 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque, which makes this wagon one of the most powerful vehicles in Porsche’s lineup. With the help of a lightning-quick, 8-speed, PDK dual-clutch gearbox and a permanent all-wheel drive system, the Sport Turismo blasts from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Its top speed is a blistering 192 mph.
On the more efficient end of the performance spectrum, the S E-Hybrid’s 14.1 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery (which charges in less than three hours with the optional 7.2 kW on board charger and a 240-volt power supply) can power the vehicle completely emissions-free for upwards of 30 miles.
In addition to the standard performance upgrades, which include Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and 3-chamber air suspension, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo arrives with the company’s Advanced Cockpit. With multiple glass panels and touch-sensitive buttons, it offers the driver multiple ways to configure and display information while keeping the instrument panel uncluttered. As expected, the passenger compartment is lined in premium leather with upscale trim. If a long list of options including rear-seat entertainment and a panoramic moonroof don’t satisfy the discerning buyer, Porsche offers the ability to customize the E-Hybrid Sport Turismo through its ‘Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur’ personalization program.
The new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo will arrive with a base MSRP of $188,400 (not including $1,050 delivery). It is expected in showrooms next spring.