2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Cranks Out 680 HP, Features 14.1 kWh Battery

8 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 18

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid unleashes 680 hp and 627 lb-ft

It’s the most powerful Panamera ever.

Porsche introduced the second-generation Panamera last year at the Paris Motor Show where one of the models on display was the 4 E-Hybrid. Combining a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 with an electric motor enabled the electrified sedan to develop 462 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and 517 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters). Now, the peeps from Stuttgart are launching a “Turbo S E-Hybrid ” version that comes along with a beefy 4.0-liter V8 engine replacing the six-cylinder unit.

With the combustion engine pushing out 550 hp (404 kilowatts) and the electric motor generating 136 hp (100 kW), you’re looking at the most powerful Panamera model Porsche has ever made. It has a massive combined output of 680 hp (500 kW) and a mountain-moving torque of 627 lb-ft (850 Nm). The engineers have adapted the boost strategy from the sold-out 918 Spyder supercar when developing the new range topper in the Panamera family.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Speaking of supercars, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has the performance numbers to go up against some of the fastest cars in the world, while seating four people in utmost comfort and their luggage. It runs to 62 mph (100 kph) in only 3.4 seconds, thus making it 1.2s quicker than the aforementioned 4 E-Hybrid. Go all out and the hybridized super sedan will reach an impressive top speed of 192 mph (310 kph) whereas the non-S model can “only” do 173 mph (278 kph).

Both E-Hybrid models have enough battery juice from the 14.1-kWh pack for an electric range of as much as 31 miles/50 km (NEDC of course, in “real world”/EPA terms we are looking at 24 miles/38 km) and share a decoupler installed in the hybrid module, which is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator. Another piece of hardware the two have in common would have to be the eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in charge of sending the power to both axles.

As it’s the case with the regular E-Hybrid, the hotter S model will be available with a standard wheelbase and with a stretched one for the more expensive Executive model adding 150 mm (almost 6 inches) between the two axles to grant superior rear legroom. As standard, the new arrival in the growing Panamera family benefits from an air suspension, ceramic brakes, 21-inch wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, torque vectoring, and auxiliary air conditioning. Go for the long-wheelbase model and you’ll also get rear-wheel steering.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will celebrate its world premiere next month at the Geneva Motor Show where it will sit alongside the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon. Pricing details are already available for the U.S. market where the standard-wheelbase model will kick off at $184,400 while the Executive model will begin from $194,800, with both prices excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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18 responses to "2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Cranks Out 680 HP, Features 14.1 kWh Battery"

  1. Someone out there says:

    If they used a bigger battery they would be able to pull more power from it and make the car even faster.

    1. Nix says:

      They would have had to have gone much, much bigger in battery and electric motors to get the power they were looking for.

      They are stuck in a bit of a conundrum.

      Having two drivetrains takes up too much space and weight to get the power they want at high speeds. If you shrink the ICE and grow the EV drivetrain, you lose range on the autobahn. Grow the ICE, and the weight and space penalty of having Tesla-like Performance EV drivetrain won’t work.


      1. Someone out there says:

        I guess you are right. There’s only one solution to that, ditch the ICE!

        1. Nix says:

          *laugh* That’s certainly one solution!

  2. R.S says:

    I was already assuming something like that, when they just introduced a Panamera Turbo, with no S model following.

    Now the Panamera, as well as the big three Volvos, will have a hybrid as the most sporty car. The Cayenne will surely follow soon. Pure EVs would surely be better, but who would have imagined a few years ago, that something like that would happen?

    Tesla has really made electric propulsion a byword for sporty.

  3. jelloslug says:

    Kicking and screaming…

  4. Kdawg says:

    “of course, in “real world”/EPA terms we are looking at 24 miles”

    Meh.. i’m more interested in the Mission E

  5. unlucky says:

    That’s going to sell very well here. I mean for a car with the price tag it has.

  6. WARREN says:

    The Panamara S has always been in a different league than a Tesla on a road course (Or Autobahn), so bigger, heavier batteries may have been an unacceptable compromise to their engineers. Remember, at this price point, another $15,000 in batteries wouldnt be an issue if it were for an uncompromised advantage.

    1. unlucky says:

      That’s not why it has this small amount of battery capacity. It has this small amount because it’s just enough to let the owners get PHEV benefits like driving in carpool lanes and European registration cost advantages.

      Porsche has customers who want to buy a fast gas car and also have the money to pay a little more to get some perqs. So they are offering this.

      1. pjwood1 says:

        As awesome as this car will be for many Porsche buyers, I’d bet it ends up being transitional with their next being full-electric. VW Group probably already know this. There are plenty of guys, instructors, etc., on Rennlist who recognize how well electrics have evolved for the street. Those who haven’t figured it out will, when they realize the engine hasn’t turned on. Then, “Oh, you mean a bigger battery will offer me more power, and range?” and it’s all over.

        I agree with #AutobahnProblems. Similar is the idea an EREV-PHEV and a track-PHEV are opposites. If you don’t do either, the decision is pretty simple. Settle for an electric ~150mph, longer than you can keep it.

        1. unlucky says:

          I dunno. I’m skeptical whether owners would even bother to plug it in.

    2. Koenigsegg says:

      This is America. No one gives a **** about the Autobahn

  7. Absidu says:

    If VW subsidiary making such a progress, hope they will update Golf GTE and Passat GTE also.

  8. Bill Howland says:

    Another VW group plug in that meets MINIMUM german standards (around 30 miles) or 24 miles real world.

    Probably if released for the states, a 3 kw charger. Finally saw one of those ABSOLUTELY HUGE Porsche Wallboxes. Didn’t have any way to measure its performance, but did look at the cord => 3 # 14 AWG and a #20 Data line.

    Since this was at a dealership, 200 volts at 15 amps max is 3.0 kw. Which is probably fine for anything they make to date. But not exactly Mission E levels.

  9. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    What are the all-electric 0-30 and 30-60 times?
    What’s the max speed in all-electric mode?

  10. GSP says:

    Whenever I see a Panamera, I feel deeply sorry for its owner. I just hope the PDB doesn’t realize what they are missing out by not driving a Model S instead. As long as they don’t know, they can still be happy. 🙂


  11. Zottel says:

    LOL! 136hp and 31miles of electric range? For 185.000$ you can get a nearly full spec Tesla P100D and leave everybody in the tust, or you own the fact that you like to drive a world destruction machine. But don’t tell us that you try to be green with a heating unit in your fronk that belongs in the utility room of a 120 unit apartment building of an island nation!