The Porsche is planning to develop a version of the Panamera sedan that will deliver even more performance than the current Porsche Panamera Turbo S, with a hybrid electric powertrain reminiscent of the astonishingly fast Porsche 918. This model will be something like a marriage of the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid with the Panamera Turbo S, and it might be the fastest sedan ever created when it arrives here at Porsche Barrington.
The current Panamera S E-Hybrid produces 416 hp with an electric motor and a V6 engine. That model can hit 60 mph in only 5.2 seconds according to Porsche and sits in the middle of the lineup. The highest rung, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, makes 570 hp and will go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.
Those models pale in comparison to the 918, which uses a 4.0L turbocharged V8, paired with two electric motors to generate 887 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque. The 918 can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds.
Porsche has now confirmed that the Panamera will get an ultra-performance model, possibly called the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which will top the range. Porsche’s head of product development, Michael Steiner, confirmed the new model was on the way.
“One more hybrid version of the Panamera,” Steiner said, will be “a high performance variant. It will be better performing than the existing one. Much more performance and agility and range.”
It’s reasonable to expect this new hybrid super sedan to produce more than 600 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, and hit 60 mph in the neighborhood of 3.0 seconds. Porsche has not detailed any specifications, release date, or pricing. You’ll have to just wait until they do, but drivers in Chicago who want both hybrid efficiency and supercar performance in a smart sedan have something to look forward to!