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Porsche Releases Their 689hp Hybrid & More

Jesse McGraw

Porsche is rounding out its Panamera line-up with not 1, not 2, but 3 hybrid Panamera models for 2021. Here’s what we know and why we’re excited about a hybrid!

Porsche’s 2nd Most Powerful Car is a Hybrid

Porsche employees unveiling Panameras for testing - porsche.com
Porsche employees unveiling Panameras for testing - porsche.com

You read that right. Porsche has finally unveiled their powerhouse that is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Hybrids have come a long way since the inception of the Toyota Prius, and Porsche has long been a leader in boosting performance. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid carries a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 making 563hp paired with an electric motor that pushes the total horsepower to a staggering 680hp. Its paired with a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission that’s also found in the rest of the 2021 Panamera lineup.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid - porsche.com

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – porsche.com  |  Shop new Porsche Panamera on Carsforsale.com

With the Sport Chrono package, the Turbo S E-Hybrid can reach 0-60mph in 3 seconds flat, even the larger Executive version only slows to 3.1 seconds. It also boasts a top speed of 196mph across all variants, making this one heck of a passenger car. Compare those numbers to Porsche’s famous plug-in hybrid super car, the 918 Spyder, and you’ll notice the Panamera is only .8 seconds behind the 918’s 0-60 time and just 18mph shy of its top speed. And that’s with seating for four passengers.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid - porsche.com
2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid - porsche.com

The 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is available in sedan form, a longer wheelbase Executive, or a wagon-looking Sport Turismo similar to the rest of the Panamera lineup. It also comes standard with all currently available chassis and control systems like the Porsche’s PDCC electric roll stabilization system. This includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, rear axle steering with Power Steering Plus, and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system. Currently, Porsche lists the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid as starting at $187,700 for the Sedan, and it only goes up from there. But that’s not all that got updated with the Panamera lineup. We also received updates to the 4 E-Hybrid, new 4S E-Hybrid, and the non-hybrid 4S.

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo - porsche.com
2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo - porsche.com

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid for 2021 will tote a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 paired with a 134hp electric motor. It also receives an increased battery capacity from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh. The electrical system has further improved efficiency with optimized cells and adaptive energy-saving driving modes. The updated 4 E-Hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 31 miles while being able to reach 60mph in 4.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 174mph.

New Panamera 4S E-Hybrid

2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo - porsche.com
2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo - porsche.com

The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid news dropped just last month. Although this version has already been surpassed by the aforementioned Turbo S E-Hybrid, it is still a worthy performance hybrid for just a little less. The 4S E-Hybrid has a 2.9L biturbo V6 paired with a 134hp electric motor that makes a combined 552hp. It has the same 17.9 kWH battery as the 4 E-Hybrid, but its improved engine reaches 0-60mph is 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 185mph.

Panamera 4S

2021 Porsche Panamera 4S - porsche.com
2021 Porsche Panamera 4S - porsche.com

The non-electric Panamera 4S is still working with its 2.9L biturbo V6 engine making 449hp going into 2021. With the Sport Chrono package, you can expect 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 183mph. The 4S will also receive features from the latest model update including new chassis and control systems, new steering control system, and new tires improving its lateral dynamics and creating a more precise handling experience. The 4S also comes standard with its previously optional Sport Design Front end package.

Are You Ready for the Electric Movement?

2021 is looking to be a major year for the broader electrification movement with Porsche’s performance hybrids, Ford’s fully electric Mustang Mach-E, all the electric trucks popping up, and all the stuff Tesla is doing. Are you ready to see performance vehicles enhanced with electric motors? Do passenger cars really need to do 0-60 in 3 seconds? Are hybrids cool now? If you answered yes to any of those (or all three) like I did, then next year is going to be an exciting year for the both of us. If not, then I guess the rest of us will be passing you by in our convoluted Tron cars.

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2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid - porsche.com

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Jesse McGraw
Jesse McGraw

Jesse's life-long car obsession began when he started collecting Hot Wheels as a child. He’s constantly keeping up with the latest car news and diving deep into automotive history. His automotive journey began with a rusty ‘99 Dodge Dakota held together by zip ties, only recently replaced by an impeccable 2014 Kia Soul. You can find him modifying and racing cars in video games when he’s not playing paintball or writing about cars.

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