Let’s say that you want a four-door car that you can daily drive and also take to the track, and at the same time, it is also packing tons of power. What do you choose? A Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, or maybe even a Tesla Model S. But if you want a four-door — wagon — that has a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 plus a 136 hp electric engine like I do, you’ll go with the brand new Porsche superwagon.
Yes, we already have the 462 hp Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, but now Porsche will be adding a powerful plug-in hybrid to the Panamera model line.
Just like the 918 Spyder, known for its 4.6-liter V8 and two electric motors on the front and rear axles combining to make 887 hp, Porsche will now combine a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo with a 136 hp electric motor. Basically, a four-door 918 called the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Can someone please come up with a shorter name? This is getting confusing.
The 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo delivers a total output of 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful production vehicles Porsche has ever made, although it will still be 207 hp behind the 918 and only 20 hp behind the exciting new 911 GT2 RS.
Here’s the best part: it seats five!
Like all other Panamera models, the eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission sends all this power straight to the standard active all-wheel-drive system.
The powertrain allows the car to hit 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds and sprint the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. It’s a station wagon.
The 918 Spyder completes the quarter mile in just 9.8 seconds and hits 60 miles per hour in 2.2 seconds.
At track speeds, the roof spoiler (don’t forget that this is a wagon) automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree and when in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds in excess of 55 miles per hour. You know a car is fast when the spoiler adjusts in different modes and speeds.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is now available to order and is expected to arrive at U.S. dealers this Spring. The base MSRP is $188,400.
Time to add this to my list of dream cars.