If any luxury car maker has full-on embraced the potential for hybrid technology, it is Porsche. Their latest concept, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (which I assume is German for “kickass station wagon), is propelled by a plug-in hybrid system that offers up to 67 mpg and 416 horsepower. In the words of George Takei, “Ohhh yessssss.”
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is just a concept for now, but already the Internet is reacting with praise and drooling. Exotic car makers have been delving into a new body style called the “shoot brake.” and this appears to be Porsche’s take on sporty wagons. If you’ve been waiting for a practical, versatile no compromises sports car, the Panamera Sport Turismo may be it.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo in concept form offers a supercharged, 3.0 liter V6 engine with 333 horsepower. Combined with a no electric motor that cranks out 95 horsepower, the combined hybrid setup makes 416 horsepower. Porsche says 0 – 60 mph times are under six seconds.
Porsche goes on to claim that the 9.4 kWh battery pack is good for over 18 miles of pure electric driving, while emitting less than 82 g/km of CO2 and returning fuel economy of 3.5 liters per 100 km, or approximately 67 MPG on the U.S. standard. I like ALL of those numbers, which are almost twice as good as the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid revealed last year.
The e-Hybrid system is the kind of hybrid system is exactly the kind of hybrid system more automakers need to pursue, offering both a decent all-electric range, as well as adding to, rather than subtracting from, the performance. Porsche has a good track record of taking its hybrid drive systems from the track, and bringing it to the street.
Though just a concept for now, I think the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and e-Hybrid systems have a very good shot of becoming the real deal.