Porsche’s Panamera already is a hybrid vehicle but there are some reports that claim for a second that there is maybe a more potent gasoline-electric option that will be offered. This one is putting a V-8 into the mix.
Last year Motor Trend made a report that a 918 Spyder-inspired Panamera with 700 horsepower is coming soon, and now Motoring has learned that car could come sooner rather than later.
It is expected for the resulting power to even eclipse the 550 hp of the Panamera Turbo
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the current gasoline-electric Panamera, combines a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 462 hp. For the next Panamera hybrid we expect to keep the electronics of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid but exchanged the twin-turbo V-6 for a V-8. It is expected for the resulting power to even eclipse the 550 hp of the Panamera Turbo.
“Hybrid stands for additional performance,” Panamera sales and marketing director Stefan Utsch told Motoring. “Hybrid is the performance kit of the future.”
It’s unclear what the car name will be but there are rumors it might be something along the lines of Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, since Porsche overall backups Turbo S nomenclature for the top-rung versions of its lineup and we will see an actual Panamera Turbo S. Name like that would also suggest that the V-8 used in the vehicle will be turbocharged.
What is also unclear is just when we will see that car. Porsche is thinking about unveiling its upcoming Panamera wagon at March’s 2017 Geneva auto show, and maybe the new body style will be launched with the new powertrain.