Wednesday at theÂ Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche unveiled one of the most powerful production vehicles it has ever madeand its a hatchback.
The 2018 Panamera Hybrid Sport Turismo hatchback sedan gets 680 total horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, more than both theÂ $143,600 911 GT3 and the massive $118,100 Cayenne Turbo SUV.Â To achieve these results, it uses a hybrid boost strategy from the track-dominatingÂ 918 SpyderÂ roadster.
It can hit 60Â mph in 3.2 seconds.Â Top speed is 192Â mphan exceptional featÂ but not unexpected among auto industry insiders.
Porsches approach to plug-in hybrids is that they are providing a solid range [of options], said Joe Wiesenfelder, the executive editor of Cars.com. One of the areas where BMW continues to fall down is in the electric range and their plug-ins. These are big heavy vehicles that theyre trying to make into hybrids. At least Porsche is trying to check that box.
The Electric Details
The Sport Turismo Hybrids power comes from a 550-hp, twin-turbo V8 combustion engine and a 136-hp electric motor. The power pack is paired with Porsches eight-speed PDK automatic transmission and standard active all-wheel drive.
The high-voltage lithium-ion battery takes 12 hours to charge fully via a common 120 V, 10 amp connection; on an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger, the charging time decreases to fewer than three hours. Each of six different drive modes offers various levels of efficiency and performance, and it will go 30 miles on electric power alone before the regular combustion engine takes over.
TheÂ new plug-in turbo hybrid fits right in aesthetically withÂ the four other engine/powertrain variants in theÂ Panamera Sport Turismo family.Â It has a large, low tailgate; a high roofline with seating for five; and ample luggage space. Adaptive cruise control and rear-axle steeringÂ allowÂ for increased athleticism around corners and on uneven terrain. The power adjustable roof spoiler automatically moves to the highest position when the car exceeds 55 miles per hour.
The new hatchback also comes packed with such standardsÂ as ceramic composite brakes, a Sport ChronoÂ shiftingÂ package, 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels, and a three-chamber air suspension system that smooths acceleration and ride feel.
According to Oliver Blume, the chairman of Porsches executive board, the car is aimed squarely at the U.S. market.
Last yearÂ Panamera Hybrid sales increased 66 percent nationwide; the U.S. is also Porsches biggest market for turbos worldwide, with a full 25 percent of those going to California alone. This new model gives turbo-hungry statesideÂ buyers one more option from the German automaker when it comes to hybrid vehicles that combine practicality with performance.
Base models start at $188,400, with deliveries beginning next spring.
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