What is it? The highest trim-level available on Porsche’s new luxury four-door hatchback sedan, the Turbo S will retail for $173,200. With its 550-horsepower, it will blast from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and finally top out at 190 mph–far more than four people probably have any business going. The twin-turbo V8 cranks out 553 lb.-ft. of torque through a seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK gearbox. Air suspension is standard. With electronic “Servotronic” power steering, Porsche says the fuel economy will be the same as the regular Panamera Turbo: 23 mpg overall on the EPA cycle.
The Panamera S Hybrid is a full-hybrid version of the Panamera sedan, with a single 47-hp electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack driving the rear wheels. It is connected by a clutch to a 353-hp V6 engine for a total of 380 hp. (No, they don’t add up, and shouldn’t.) Porsche says the Panamera S Hybrid can go up to 53 mph on electric power alone. The engine and motor are connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Porsche claims 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.7 seconds and top speed of 167 mph. The price will ring in at $79,000.
What’s new or notable? The Panamera Turbo S is the fastest four-door in Porsche on the planet, while the S Hybrid promises to be the most efficient in the line-up. Porsche claims a European cycle fuel efficiency of 6.8-liters per 100 miles, or about 35 mpg, though the car hasn’t been tested on the EPA cycle, yet.
When will it be available? Late 2011