Porsche Panamera

The Panamera comes in two basic body styles with no fewer than five different engine options. The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 330 horsepower. Porsche claims that this engine will rocket the panamera to 60 MPH in just 5.4 seconds. Panamera S models use a new 2.9L twin-turbo V6 making 440 hp. 0-60 times drop to 4.2 seconds for the S. A hybrid version combines the 330 hp V6 with an electric motor, for a total of 462 horsepower, while the full blown turbo version uses a 4.0L V8 engine with two turbos to produce 550 horsepower. Porsche claims a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds for the Turbo model. At the very top of the Panamera hierarchy lies the Panamera Tyrbo S E-Hybrid, which combines the 550 horsepower V8 with an electric motor for a staggering 680 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds.

Base Panameras and Panamera S models come standard with rear-wheel drive, while hybrid and Turbo models come standard with all-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is optional for base and S models. Power is distributed by a new 8-speed PDK gearbox which shifts incredibly quickly and is partially responsible for those rapid acceleration times.

A new development in the Panamera lineup for this generation is the emergence of a wagon model, dubbed the Sport Turismo. Where the regular Panamera has a trunk, the Sport Turismo has a long, elegantly shaped rear hatch, capable of swallowing a surprising amount of luggage. While the new Panamera is better looking than the previous generation, the Sport Turismo might be better looking still. All Sport Turismo Panameras come standard with All-wheel drive as well.

The Panamera must fulfill a role as a luxury car and its standard features reflect this fact. Base Panameras with no options still come with a 10-speaker 150 watt stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, a navigation system, a ParkAssist system, a rear camera, dual-zone climate control, partial leather seating with heaters for the front seat, a multifunction steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, HID headlights and a panoramic sunroof.

Options on the Panamera are copious, a Premium Package includes a Bose sound system, 14-way power adjustable seats with a memory function, a lane change assist function and Porsche Comfort Access, which lets drivers start the car without having to take their keys out of their pockets.

The Premium Package Plus adds soft close doors, rear heated seats, vented seats in front and Porsche's Dynamic Light system with headlight cleaners. An assistance package includes an adaptive cruise control system, a lane keep assist system and night vision.

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Editors' First Take

Fun fact: It takes longer to say "2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo" than it does to hit 60 mph in one. But straight-line acceleration is only one of its many accolades. As this Panamera's superlative name suggests, this thing can pretty much do it all.

Launching a 5,311-pound wagon to 60 mph in 3 seconds is certainly no small feat, but in the Turbo S E-Hybrid, it's a cake walk. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood is absolute dynamite, producing 563 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. But the E-Hybrid adds a 17.9-kilowatt-hour battery into the mix, with an electric motor that produces a supplemental 134 hp and 295 lb-ft of instant torque. Put it all together through the magic of weird hybrid math and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is officially rated at 690 hp and 642 lb-ft. That doesn't just make it the most powerful Panamera; it's the most powerful new Porsche, period.

In addition to crazy power, the 17.9-kWh battery helps with efficiency, too. Porsche has yet to release official fuel economy data for its 2021 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, but the older version -- which used a 14.1-kWh battery -- could go about 20 miles on electric power and was rated at 49 miles per gallon equivalent. I don't expect the final MPGe rating to change too much, but the increased battery capacity should result in greater EV range. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find another car with nearly 700 hp that's this good on gas -- or this good to drive.

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