Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid engines, drive & performance

The Panamera E-Hybrid is sublime to drive, with an impressive array of characters from on offer, from gentle cruiser to banzai sports car

Rating
Engines, drive & performance Rating
0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
3.7s182mphFour552bhp

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid is one car, but it houses a remarkable cast of characters – all of them brilliant. The sheer breadth of ability offered as you toggle through the modes, from comfortable and silent, to lavishly effortless long-distance cruiser, to sports-car thrills, it does it all without ever feeling out of its comfort zone

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid engine, 0-62mph and acceleration

As with the hatchback, the Panamera Sport Turismo's hybrid drivetrain affects performance as much as efficiency. The car's 2.9-litre petrol engine produces 435bhp on its own and is supplemented by a 134bhp electric motor; there's a total of 552bhp on tap, with 750Nm of torque ensuring there's effortless acceleration to be had from any speed. 

Acceleration is impressive, with 0-62mph taken care of in just 3.5 seconds with (and 3.7 without) the Sport Chrono pack fitted. If you've got the space, the car can storm on to 185mph. Even in electric mode, performance feels brisk, and usefully the Panamera can travel at speeds of up to 87mph in this fashion. If you want a plug-in hybrid that feels rocket-ship fast, the 4S E-Hybrid has you covered.

Handling

Being four-wheel drive, with big tyres and a low stance, the Panamera has monster grip that comes into its own if you want to drive it with purpose. It’s a great system that shuffles power about in just the right fashion, to make the car feel adjustable and playful, without making it feel frightening.

The steering is well judged and has a lovely, build of weight that’s as satisfying in normal, unhurried driving as it is in more enthusiastic use, and the whole car feels precise and tightly controlled yet comfortable. Even the brake feel is good; oddly, better in the Panamera than in the Cayenne.

Sure, a non-electrified Panamera or any of the other top-notch alternatives has better brake feel, but by electric car standards the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is very good.

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