Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: Long name, fast car
Welcome to possibly the most ridiculous car I think I've ever driven.
Well, to be more precise, perhaps the most diverse car.
The button down here.
Has there ever been a bigger jump from E mode, which we're in at the moment.
To sport plus.
[SOUND] It's just absurd how the car can change personality that much.
It's a bit like an ancient university that's decided to combine its This wonderful library with a brand new gymnasium.
Sort of Socrates in one hand, dumbbell in the other.
This, in case you were wondering, is the Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid sport tourismo, Thankfully, Porsche hasn't tried to write all of that on the back of the car.
What that name means is that we've got the four-liter twin turbo V-8 under the bonnet from the Panamerica Turbo, and then we've also got all the hybrid systems.
So it's a bit like a 918 Spider in this body, and as long as we're talking about the body, how has Porsche managed to turn what is possibly one of the ugliest cars on sale Into this.
One of the best looking cars on stage was a bit of shooting breaking there, bit of a state that rim just to look dead on that.
It looks so muscular and really very attractive.
So here are a few of the numbers.
We've got 671 brake horsepower which Is nearly as much as a GT2RS.
But the torque, we've got 627 pounds foot of torque, that's insane.
And not just 62 mile an hour time, 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 193 miles an hour and yet it will do 97.4 MPG on the combined cycle.
This is also got, I mean, all the toys on it, everything you could possibly want.
If you're the sort of person that likes the latest iPhone, you must have it because it has that extra feature, then this is definitely the car for you.We've got that 48-volt anti-roll system, we got an air suspension, Which has three different settings.
This car, it's actually an option.
We've got rear wheel steer on it.
Also 1300 pound option on a car that costs 140,000 pounds basic.
Yes, that's a lot of money, I know.
This car actually has about 18,000 pounds worth of options including things like the panoramic roof, park assist, sport design package which is all the high gloss black bits, full zone climate control and Porsche innodrive which I think has something to do with cruise control, but if you want to get an idea of quite how much tech there is on the car then perhaps the best thing to do is to list the abbreviations And supporting the theory that you're actually at Grans, near it.
Deep breath again.
Here we go.
PDK has PSN, PCCB, PDLS, PDCC, Pizip, PTM, PTV, ABD, ASR, TPM, PVT, SPCN, and PAA.
What to know what those stand for?
Of course you do.
It's absolutely essential knowledge for spicing up date night conversation.
So in order they are, Porsche double cabin.
Porche active suspension management.
Porche stability management.
Porche ceramic concert brakes, check out the massive 10% front calipers by the way.
Porche dynamic light system.
Porche dynamic chastity control.
Porche side impact protection.
Porche traction management.
Porche torque vettering.
Automatic brake differential.
Tire pressure monitoring.
Porche vehicle tracking system.
Porche communication management.
And Porsche abbreviation assistance, only kidding.
The AA stand for Porsche active aerodynamics.
However, there is one thing that Porsche decided to leave out of this rather extensive spec sheet, the weight, two thousand three hundred and twenty five kilos.
So there is a cost for technology.
Bearing that in mind, there's a lot to drive.
[SOUND] We've had this car for a few days.
In fact, Charlie and George have been using it more than I have because they've been chasing around a Pacarin 720S, and I cannot think of a better car to shove a load of camo gear in and go chasing super It's also being exceptionally comfortable on the long motorway journey, but when you get it out to a road like this, well again, it is just extraordinary, It feels like witchcraft, because I know how bumpy this road is.
And yet it just seems to manage it all.
It corners so flat.
The brake pedal is extremely firm.
It is relatively easy to modulate into get right into the heart of it perhaps.
Perhaps when you are coming to a [UNKNOWN] occasionally throw it into a bend you can feel the systems working.
That four wheel steering It's certainly worth it, because it really does feel like it shortens the wheel base of this huge car.
The nice thing is that if you actually turn the stability control off, or to its halfway setting, even, you can get it moving around.
This four-wheel drive system, which we know has been on [UNKNOWN] Bentley Continental GT and we felt [UNKNOWN] the non sport version of the Panamera.
It is very good at delivering torque to the rear wheels and actual making the car feel that much more involving.
Of course you can ultimately feel all that weight.
But even when you are really really trying.
No it is not not a really interactive driver's car and if you want to around and have fun on a road like this then I would suggest that probably even the standard Pan Asmera turbo or something like a Mercedes E63S Wagon would be much more fun, but neither of those can crawl around a city Silently in electric mode.
So giving more than it's capable of.
Like I said, just extraordinary.