When Porsche builds a plug-in hybrid, we’re not talking about an eco-vehicle, but about a sports car with a small shot of E. This also applies to the Panamera and especially to the most powerful variant, the Turbo S E-Hybrid .
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most conceivable compromise between new and old mobility. And yet it will divide people into two uncompromising camps; some see this vehicle as a miscarriage of a wrong policy, others celebrate it as a high point of German engineering. We’re talking about the Porsche Panamera as a plug-in hybrid.
In addition to the pure combustion engines, the Stuttgart-based company has built up a small fleet of these, three versions with different performance levels are offered. The “4 E-Hybrid” has 340 kW / 462 PS available and the “4 S E-Hybrid” with a 2.9 liter six-cylinder and electric motor has 412 kW / 560 PS. We drove the most powerful version, which combines an eight-cylinder gasoline engine with a displacement of 4 liters and the electric motor to produce a system output of 515 kW / 700 PS. At the barely comprehensible basic price of 190,335 euros (incl. 19% VAT), the test car even came to almost 220,000 euros with a few extras.
Which makes it clear that this vehicle is not about saving itself. Not even about saving fuel. Because the electric theoretical range of 50 kilometers, which is already tightly measured, turns out to be more than 35 in everyday life. And once the battery is empty, maybe even switched to sport mode, the consumption values quickly reach exorbitant values, which are also popular scratch the 20 liter limit. No wonder with a total weight of 2.4 tons.
It means to refuel diligently again and again, which is done after a maximum of 3 hours with 7.2 kW charging power for the 18 kW / h battery. The pure E-stage should only be used for driving through the village or in the city center, after which it is better to switch to “Hybrid” with the rotary knob on the steering wheel and enjoy the really perfect cooperation between the two drive systems.
In addition, an “E-Hold” function can be activated, which protects the battery from the outset, for example to have electrical reserves at the end of a journey for a journey through a residential area. You can also charge the battery with the e-charge function via the gasoline engine, which, however, does not make sense from an ecological point of view.
Compared to competitors like the 7 Series from BMW and the S-Class from Mercedes, the Porsche is designed to be much sportier and more agile, but is still comfortable overall. In addition, the revised cockpit with its clear displays and logically placed switches is a pleasure. The exact steering, now adopted from the 911, is also great.
As with all plug-in hybrids, the eco-factor depends solely on how often you drive purely electrically due to constant recharging (of green electricity). And of course, opinions differ. While some prefer to forbid PHVs right away, or at least want to remove their tax advantages, others see them as a good opportunity to promote e-mobility because the new German disease “range anxiety” is no longer applicable. In the Panamera, especially in the Turbo S E-Hybrid with its brute performance, this conflict is taken to extremes.
Ultimately, the great effort that Porsche puts into this cannot really be justified. As a PHV, the Panamera is more of a technological flagship than a contribution to more sustainable mobility, a contradiction taken to extremes. After all, it is up to the driver himself how sensibly he moves the large sedan. To be honest, we’re not that optimistic.
Because the Panamera’s capabilities as a sports car are so pronounced that buyers of this vehicle will hardly be without them. Even with the “ballast” of the second drive on board and in pure combustion mode, the four-door model still goes off almost like a super sports car. In just over 3 seconds to 100 km / h, up to 315 km / h: You drive a Porsche Panamera. For all those who are a bit more serious about e-mobility and low CO2 emissions, there is still the Taycan from the same company.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – Technical data:
Five-door, five-seat sedan of the luxury class; Length: 5.05 meters, width: 1.94 meters (with exterior mirrors: 2.17 meters), height: 1.43 meters, wheelbase: 2.95 meters, trunk volume: 403 – 1,242 liters
Plug-in hybrid: 4.0-liter eight-cylinder petrol engine (420 kW / 571 PS) electric motor (100 kW / 136 PS), system output: 515 kW / 700 PS, maximum torque: 870 Nm, all-wheel drive, 8-speed dual clutch transmission, 0-100 km / h: 3.2 s, Vmax: 315 km / h, electric range: 50 km, standard fuel consumption: 2.7 liters / 100 km, power consumption: 21.8 kWh / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 62 g / km, emissions standard: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM, emission class: A
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – brief features:
Why: fantastic drive combination, outstanding driving values, very good workmanship
Why not: too little real electric range, high real consumption with empty battery, high basic price, high surcharges
What else: for the sporty then a 911, for the comfort-conscious the new Mercedes S-Class