Porsche has unveiled one of the most powerful production vehicles it has ever built at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2018 Panamera Hybrid Sport Turismo. The latest from the German brand is being hailed as the world's most powerful luxury sedan, churning out a total of 680 hp and 848.74 Nm of torque, figures that are bigger than those produced by the 911 GT3 and Cayenne Turbo SUV. To be able to deliver such results, the Panamera Hybrid Sport Turismo uses hybrid boost technology that also serves in the track-dominating 918 Spyder roadster. The new Panamera can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 307.2 km/h, which is not an unexpected feat, considering the powerplant and technology but then this, from a car that can carry four people in comfort, is exceptional.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Hybrid is powered by a 550-hp, twin-turbo V8 engine, which is further assisted by a 136-hp electric motor. The power is sent to all four wheels using Porsche’s eight-speed “PDK” automatic transmission.
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 onboard charger, the charging time decreases to fewer than three hours. It features six driving modes that offer different levels of efficiency and performance, and the new Panamera will go about 48 km solely on electric power before the combustion takes over.
Porsche has equipped the Panamera Sport Turismo Hybrid with adaptive cruise control and rear-axle steering that allows swifter manoeuvring around corners and on uneven terrain. The power adjustable roof spoiler automatically moves to the highest position when the car exceeds 88 km/h.
According to a Bloomberg report, Chairman of Porsche’s Executive Board Oliver Blume has said that the car is aimed squarely at the US market, which is also Porsche’s biggest market for turbos worldwide, with a full 25 percent of those going to California alone.
The car comes with seating for four or five, depending on customer preference. The price tag on the base models will start at $188,400 (approximately Rs 1.22 crore), with deliveries beginning next spring.