Porsche introduces new Panamera variant with 680 hp and 49 kilometres of pure electric range
Johannesburg. Porsche is expanding its hybrid range with a new Panamera Sport Turismo model line. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo flagship model will combine a four-litre V8 biturbo engine with an electric motor, producing a combined 680 hp (500 kW). Even when just above idle speed, the sporty saloon offers 850 Nm of torque, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h. The most powerful Sport Turismo has a range of up to 49 kilometres using solely electric power and therefore producing zero local emissions. It is not just the balance between performance and efficiency that makes this hybrid saloon unique in its segment; its design concept, which features a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating configuration, results in the new top performer offering a high standard of everyday usability.
Zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and 3.0-litre fuel consumption
As with the Panamera sports saloon flagship model, Porsche is now also demonstrating the huge performance potential of hybrid technology with the Sport Turismo. The boost strategy used in the series-production all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has been taken from the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car. At revs as low as 1,400 rpm, the V8 biturbo (404 kW/550 hp) and the electric motor (100 kW/136 hp) deliver the maximum system torque of 850 Nm. The decoupler integrated into the hybrid module is electro-mechanically controlled via an Electric Clutch Actuator, resulting in shorter response times and a high level of occupant comfort. The fast-shifting, eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmits power to the standard adaptive all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM). The E-performance drive allows the vehicle to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and a further 8.5 seconds to reach the 200 km/h mark, alongside a top speed of 310 km/h. Even with this level of performance, the plug-in hybrid model is extremely efficient, the result from the NEDC was fuel consumption of 3.0 l/100 km and power consumption of 17.6 kWh/100 km. The Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has a range of up to 49 kilometres and a top speed of 140 km/h when driven solely on electric power, with no emissions. The lithium-ion battery has an energy content of 14.1 kWh and can be charged within 2.4 to 6 hours, depending on the charger and power connection.
Unique design, adaptive roof spoiler and 4+1 seating concept
The Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers all of the innovations of the second generation Panamera, including the digitalised Porsche Advanced Cockpit, ground-breaking assistance systems and optional rear-axle steering. Another of these innovations is the roof spoiler, unique in the segment, the pitch is automatically controlled to one of three different angles depending on the driving situation and vehicle settings. The spoiler generates additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle, under speeds of 170 km/h the aerodynamic guide element – a central system component of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) – stays in its retracted position at an angle of minus seven degrees to follow the roof line. Above 170 km/h the roof spoiler automatically moves to a performance position with an angle of plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. In the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 90 km/h upwards. PAA provides active assistance by adapting the roof spoiler’s angle to plus 26 degrees, when the panoramic sliding roof is open, at 90 km/h or above to compensate for the turbulence created.
The top-of-the-line model has all of the advantages of the new Sport Turismo range and its the avant-garde design. The roof line of the Sport Turismo is raised in comparison to the sports saloon, allowing for easier entry and exit of passengers and provides greater head room. The luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening electrically-operated tailgate, and a leading-edge height of just 628 millimetres. The second row of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is equipped with three rear seats. The two outside seats are individual seats, keeping with the model line’s ethos of sporty performance with maximum passenger comfort, producing a 2+1 configuration at the rear. Two electrically-adjustable individual seats for the rear can be fitted as an option. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers 425 litres of luggage space. The three rear seats can be folded down together or individually (in a 40:20:40 split) and unlocked electrically from the luggage compartment. With the second row folded away the loading volume increases to 1,295 litres.
Extensive standard equipment including ceramic brakes
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is available with a range of standard equipment. This includes; electronic Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) roll stabilisation system with the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) rear differential lock, high-performance Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) braking system, 21-inch alloy wheels in a 911 turbo design, Power Steering Plus and Sport Chrono Package and auxiliary air conditioning as standard. As with all Panamera Sport Turismo models that produce over 440 hp (324 kW) of power, the adaptive three-chamber air suspension is standard including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) for a broad range between a high level of driving dynamics and driving comfort.
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is available to order now, with the market launch scheduled for January 2018. The basic retail price on a 3-year drive plan in South Africa is ZAR 2,973,000.