Porsche has completed its product line-up with the new 2021 Panamera, which comes with a combination of turbocharged V8 and electric motors, the duo helps this beast produce 689bhp of power and 870Nm of torque. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is now the most powerful variant in the revamped product line, combining a 563bhp, four-litre bi-turbo V8 with a 100 kW(134bhp) electric motor. Its all-electric range has also been increased by up to 30 percent, thanks to a new 17.9 kWh battery and optimized driving modes.

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Despite being the most powerful variant in the updated Panamera line-up, the Turbo S E-Hybrid won’t necessarily be the fastest. The extra weight of the car’s electric drive system and batteries makes it slower than the conventionally powered Turbo S.

Hybrid with improved electric driving experience

At the heart of the drive architecture is the electric motor, which is integrated into the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and still produces a power output of 134bhp (100 kW) and maximum torque of 400Nm. Together with the different combustion engines offered, this makes for outstanding driving performance. In combination with its standard Sport Chrono package, and powered by a four-litre V8 bi-turbo engine that now delivers 563bhp(420 kW) instead of 542bhp(404 kW). With all this power under the hood, the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid now completes the sprint from zero to 100 kmph in 3.2 seconds– 0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor. It reaches a top speed of 315 km/h, which also represents an improvement of 5 km/h.

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What about the range?

The gross capacity of the high-voltage battery has been increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh, thanks to the use of optimized cells, and the driving modes have been adapted for even more efficient energy utilization. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 50 km according to WLTP EAER City (NEDC: up to 59 km). The Porsche plug-in hybrid model can be conveniently charged at home– either via a standard domestic outlet or a power socket. A model-specific charging capacity of up to 7.2 kW is also possible with the standard Porsche Mobile Charger. Charging can even be done at public charging points using a Mode 3 cable.

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How does it look?

The newly designed front end of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is differentiated by its dual C-shaped Turbo front light modules as well as its larger side air intakes. The revamped light bar at the rear now runs seamlessly over the luggage compartment lid with an adapted contour. The options available include darkened Exclusive Design tail light modules with dynamic Coming/Leaving Home animation, three new 20- and 21-inch wheels, and two new exterior colors, Cherry Metallic, and Truffle Brown Metallic. Overall, it does look sporty.

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How does it perform on tracks?

The chassis and control systems have been tuned for sportiness and comfort in all-new Panamera models. In some cases, a completely new control strategy has been implemented. This includes the introduction of a new generation of the steering control system and new tyres, to ensure improved lateral dynamics and greater precision. The flagship Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes as standard with all currently available chassis and control systems such as the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) which includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), the rear-axle steering with Power Steering Plus as well as the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system.