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Porsche Reveals 680 Horsepower Hybrid

Porsche Reveals 680 Horsepower Hybrid

Porsche has taken the wraps off the range-topping 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the brand’s first convergence of the Turbo and E-Hybrid badges. The combination is mixing together a 4.0-liter V-8 and a plug-in hybrid system to net a staggering 680 horsepower from this hybrid.

The formula behind this car is similar to that of the Porsche 918 Spyder. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is utilizing the company’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that pairs up to an electric motor that is housed inside the car’s 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is sending torque to all four wheels and is the primary source of difference versus the Panamera Hybrid 4 E-Hybrid.

Porsche says the powertrain yields 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, which is up from 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque in the Panamera Turbo. Porsche is also saying the E-Hybrid can churn 0-60 mph in about 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 192 mph.

Supplying power to the electric motor is a small 14.1-kWh lithium ion battery pack. That’s enough juice to drive the Turbo S E-Hybrid for about 31 miles in electric mode. If enough acceleration is requested through the throttle, the car will automatically switch to hybrid mode to supply the needed power.

Porsche is also throwing in air suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes as standard fare on this version of the Panamera. Naturally the price tag is reflective of such luxuries, which starts at $185,450 after destination charges. Those wanting the longer wheelbase Executive version of the car can snag one for $195,850.



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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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