The 680-hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo shames plenty of bona fide sports cars.
Station wagons are boring appliances for dull, practical people. And most plug-in hybrids are best only for efficiency freaks who want to drive under the speed limit at all times. Right?
Wrong. So very, very wrong.
If any car is going to shatter these horrifically misguided preconceptions, it’s the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Its plug-in hybrid powertrain develops a total of 680 horsepower and 682 pound-feet of torque. It will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 and rush through the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds. And with enough open road, it can manage a top speed of 192 mph.
Past the raw numbers, the new Porsche plug-in can also cover 50km/31 miles*(well, on the Euro/NEDC system anyway, think ~22 miles/35 km real-world/EPA estimated) and hit 87 mph using only electric propulsion...and depending on the kind of connection can be recharged in 2.4 to 6 hours.
To put the Sport Turismo’s performance in perspective, here are the sports cars that it can both outrun in an acceleration sprint and outperform when it comes to top speed. Still skeptical about a hybrid wagon?
2018 PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO S E-HYBRID SPORT TURISMO
It’s quicker than the…
- Porsche 718 Cayman S – 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds
- Aston Martin DB11 – 3.7 seconds
- Chevy Corvette Grand Sport – 3.6 seconds
- Chevy Camaro ZL1 – 3.5 seconds
- Mercedes-AMG GT-R Coupe – 3.5 seconds
- Mercedes-AMG E63 S – 3.3 seconds
- Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder – 3.3 seconds
- 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – 3.2 seconds
- BMW M2 – 168 mph
- Audi TT RS – 174 mph
- Mercedes-AMG E63 S – 186 mph
- Cadillac ATS-V – 189 mph
- Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe – 189 mph
- Porsche 911 Carrera S – 191 mph
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – 191 mph
- 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – 192 mph
...if you want it all, you apparently have to pay for it.