New hybrid Porsche estate is quicker than a 911 GT3

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 by

700Porsche has electrified its Panamera flagship — the new Turbo S E-Hybrid model costs a cool million fully optioned-up and is quicker than a 911 GT3

Panamera Sport Turismo

Following on from the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche has continued electrifying its latest wares and making hybrid flagships while they’re at it.

Like the Panamera saloon, this new Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo shooting brake version now heads its line-up with a system total of 680 horsepower and 850Nm of torque, so no arguments there regarding flagship credentials.

Available to order now in the region, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has neither an accessible name or price. It’ll cost you a AED821,900, just to start with, before you get into the options like 14-grand paint, 18-grand SportDesign package, 12-grand exhaust system, 8-grand adaptive cruise, and 10-grand carbon fibre door sills. So really, you’re looking at a million-dirham hybrid capable of 310km/h and zero to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, which makes the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo quicker than a 911 GT3 by some margin, half a second to be precise.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

As in the saloon, the trick has been learnt in the 918 Spyder hypercar, so the hottest Sport Turismo gets a powertrain mapping to boost torque to the peak figure of 850Nm from as low as 1,400rpm. The internal combustion engine is the familiar twin-turbo V8 unit rated at 550bhp and combined with an electric motor worth over 130bhp. An eight-speed double-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four corners, allowing for the scorching quoted acceleration time, as well as 0-200km/h in 8.5 seconds. That’s supercar-quick.

Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche highlights the car’s zero-emissions range too, since you can drive this thing around for up to 49km using the electric motor alone without firing up the V8 at all. From empty you can juice up the lithium-ion battery from between two-and-a-half and six hours depending on the power connection. Optionally, at cost of course, you can get a fast-charger from Porsche that makes things as quick as possible.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Some things do come as standard though, like the new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control roll stabilisation system that uses the vehicle’s 48-volt electrical system to keep it magically level through the turns, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and carbon ceramic brakes, which let’s face it, you need more than anything else in an estate weighing 2.3-tonnes and capable of 310km/h.

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