The Porsche 918 Hybrid was the most powerful production car ever made by the company. This week at the New York Auto Show, the second most powerful production Porsche ever was front and center on the dais — the Panamera Turbo SE Hybrid. This über sedan from the Stuttgart automaker takes the same twin turbo V-8 550 horsepower engine featured in the Panamera Turbo S and mates it to a 136 horsepower electric motor for a total of 686 horses straining to be unleashed.
When the driver stomps the go pedal, things happen in a hurry. The factory quotes a 0–60 time of 3.2 seconds for the 5,200 lb sedan. Ceramic brakes, torque vectoring, and active suspension management all are standard, of course. Power is apportioned to all 4 wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery provides an estimated electric-only driving range of 31 miles (NEDC). Porsche says it can be charged in 6 hours using the standard 3.6 kilowatt onboard charger or in fewer than 3 hours using an optional 7.2 kW unit connected to a 240 volt outlet.
The 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is expected to reach US dealers by the end of 2017. It will also be offered in a stretched Executive edition with a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase. The base suggested retail price for the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will be $184,400, while the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive will start at $194,800. These prices exclude the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.