2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Test Drive Review

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Test Drive Review

On a recent trip to the Vancouver Island Sports Circuit in Canada, we came to towering trees, blue skies, and over a dozen protesters gathered outside the entrance. “Shame on the Porsche!” One punctuation. Whoa, what’s going on here? Do they embarrass the new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid , we eagerly hope to drive that day?

Apparently the dissatisfied group is a local resident who has been complaining about the excessive noise coming from the lane since it opened last year. Porsche did not have the facility, but was caught in the lightning lines of the protesters for hosting the Panamera driver event there. Hopefully all the parties involved can finally coexist as this is a fun and challenging circuit at the bottom of a hill (with many altitude changes) in the middle of a beautiful forest.

Thankfully the drama at the gate did not hinder our time with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. And as the name suggests, there’s a lot going on with this new top Panamera variant. In the previous generation Panamera, the jump from Turbo to Turbo S was achieved with turbocharger-powered and other tweaks to a turbocharged 4.8-liter twin-turbo. Horsepower increased from 520 to 570.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Test Drive Review

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Test Drive Review

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This time, Porsche is throwing a hybrid expertise into the mix. The advanced powertrain meat is the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the Panamera Turbo, producing 542 hp power and 567 lb-ft of torque. Sandwiched between an eight-speed dual-clutch motorcycle engine is an electric motor that adds 134 and 295 lb-ft to the equation. Porsche assessed the total Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid system at 671 hp and 626 lb-ft.

There is a lot of strength and also a lot of weight. The large sedan must also compete with all-wheel-drive hardware, and a 14.1 KWh battery pack at the end of a plug-in hybrid plug-in with a scale of 5,093 pounds, about 600 more than the Panamera Turbo. That said, the Turbo S E-Hybrid has the advantage of a little power-to-weight ratio at 7.5 hp per pound versus 8.2.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Test Drive Review

Our time on the track is short, but very open. Acceleration is very large and instantaneous, like the previous high-performance plug-in hybrids we’ve ridden including the Porsche 918 Spyder itself. The car maker claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, but we would not be surprised if it drops below 3 seconds after we test it. The highest speed is rated below the 200 mph mark at 192 mph. The Chrono Sport Porsche system comes in this model, and this includes the trick, a swirling steering wheel, which lets you switch from E-Power to Hybrid Auto, Sport, or Sport Plus with ease.

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Thoughtful, many performance technologies are available on the standard Panamera on the Turbo S E-Hybrid, including a carbon-ceramic brake rotor (front 16.5-inch diameter, 16.1-inch rear) and an exclusive and large 10-piston caliper in front. (Clamp four pistons on the back). This is a fairly strong brake system that works well on the track, rubs speed with confidence, while showing little or no signs of fading. The pedal feels good and solid without the usual artificial nuances for most hybrids.

And in addition to the standard air suspension is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), it is basically a good name for active electromechanical roll bars that help keep the sedan neutral and flat through the curve. The 16.6-foot sedan feels much smaller when navigating tight bends – rear steering (optional in the regular wheelbase, but standard on the Executive wheelbase model) and the brake-based torque drive system obviously do their job, but both are invisible. Despite its size and weight, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is satisfactory to be fired on the track, at the limit most likely the owner never explored.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Test Drive Review

Perhaps more important is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a very comfortable luxury car. In Auto Hybrid mode, the powertrain is expertly shifted between the engine and the electric motor. And also environmentally friendly thanks to the above mentioned E-Power mode that delivers zero-emissions (and noise), an electric drive about 31 miles long. The standard 3.5kW on-board charger charges the battery within six hours when connected to a Level 2 charger. The optional 7.2 kW board charger drops to 2.4 hours.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Price

Prices start at $ 185,450 and can quickly reach $ 200,000 after you click on luxury goods and technologies such as driver assistance packages ($ 5,370) and Burmester sound systems ($ 5,940). That said, there is no other sedan that brings performance, luxury, and green cred in a handsome package like Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

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