Porsche may be known for powerful cars, but these days it wants to be known for cars with even more powerful electric motors. While we wait a couple more years for the fully electric Mission E, here’s a quick, plug-in Porsche that just happens to have a five-seat wagon.
This is the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. What that comically long name means is that the most powerful Panamera available is now available in “Sport Turismo” wagon guise (should you or your family or friends or dog need more space). There is a lot of power here: 680 horsepower leveraged by using a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine and an electric motor with a 14.1kWh battery. That also allows for a 0–60 mph run of 3.2 seconds. In a wagon.
When we drove the four-seat hatchback version of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid this summer, it was enjoyable at any speed. That’s mostly thanks to the abundance of power available almost from the moment you press down on the accelerator pedal, especially in its most aggressive settings when the gasoline engine and electric motor work in concert. When the track driving is over, and city traffic comes back into the picture, the E-Hybrid can be switched back into electric mode for an estimated 30 miles of range.
The interior of the Panamera is a nice place, too: it has space for four (five is a crowd), and an interesting array of touchscreens, touch-capacitive buttons, and lots of stitched leather. It’s no Volvo wagon when it comes to cargo room, but your faithful pet should be comfortable next to some luggage or snow equipment.
None of this comes cheap, however. Starting next spring, the Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo will command $189,450 before a single item from the enormous list of extras is added. It’s therefore very easy to make this car cost as much as a nice piece of real estate in many areas.
But because it has plentiful space for all your friends and things, and a beautifully detailed interior with sharp gauges, screens, and up-to-date technology, it’s possibly nicer than that house you could buy instead.