Porsche’s Plug-In Wagon Is Quicker And Faster Than These Cars

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DEC 3 2017 BY JAKE HOLMES 13

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

It’s faster than the…

  • 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

A bit unfortunately, the Porsche with the ‘too-long’ of a name is priced with this performance in mind, and will ring-the-bell from $188,400 (before destination charges) when the car reaches US showrooms this Spring.

…if you want it all, you apparently have to pay for it.

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13 Comments on "Porsche’s Plug-In Wagon Is Quicker And Faster Than These Cars"

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Yawn. Just 22 miles at 78 mph. On the other hand, you can kill the whole family in the station wagon at 192 mph.

There really out to be 2 versions.
Rebudget for a version with less horsepower, a Larger Electric Motor and battery. Because the torque of the electric makes the car more fun to drive, and better range would be helpful too.

Amen. I think there are too many performance PHEVs out there with inadequate range and too much fossil engine (C350e, 330e, XC90 T8, Passat and Golf GTE). Give us affordable, EV-oriented practical PHEVs! If nothing else, give these cars bigger batteries so people actually make the effort to plug them in! Although in the Panamera’s defense, there’s one around the corner from me and it’s always plugged in. Probably uses less gas than my Škoda most days…

Yes, the range drops when the speed is increased. I find your distaste of PHEVs (the gateway drug) disingenuous.

Whenever I watch youtube, overwhelming majority of ads shown are for Panamera S-E. Then I checked the price. No thanks; I’d rather get Tesla Roadster 2.0 and keep my 20 year old van for that much money.

For a hair over half, could buy and drive a Bolt EV on weekdays and could buy and drive a Z06 on the weekends…

There’s no place to put the dogs in Vette while they can sit in back seat (aka, doggy seats) with the Roadster. Yes, the extra 2 seats are worth $100K. Time to sell the house, I guess…

Also, Bolt cannot tow a trailer, and I doubt Vette could, either. That makes it impossible for large item home depot runs which my old Astro van can easily manage with and without a trailer.

Jaguar I Pace would be great alternative. Not the same dimensions but better looking performance wagon at half the price and its all EV.

If there really is a market for high end, high performance, full size wagons with a plug than I wonder why Tesla never bothered with a Model S-wagon.

Because they’d rather risk bankrupting the company developing a completely new car on a new platform with stupid doors that weigh a tonne, never work and prevent you from putting a roof rack on it.

Because why corner the market with a minor variant at a negligible development cost when you can burn money on unnecessary vanity projects instead?

I get the whole “because it’s cool” thing that Tesla’s going for, I really do, I just wish they would do a boring, practical car for boring people like me.

Well, click this site’s “monthly plug-in scorecard” button at the top of this page and you will notice Tesla sold 18K Model X so far this year vs 22K Model S. I doubt a wagon version of Model S would have shown that sort of sales.

It’s true though that a wagon would only cost a fraction to develop, I wonder why Tesla never bothered. More worryingly: no wagon version of Model 3 nor any hint of it so far, despite the fact that wagons are an important part of the business in the lower luxury class segment, or at least in some markets (Europe…). I hope Tesla doesn’t seriously expect to sell 500K Model 3s a year with just the one body variant?

Also there’s that guy in GB doing a Model S wagon conversion. Going to be cool, but I feel like Tesla would have done a better (looking) job. Check out Fully Charged on YouTube; they’ve got a good video about it.