The new Porsche Panamera Turbo may have clocked a 7:38 Nurburgring lap time, but Porsche isn’t done yet.
According to Motor Trend, an even more powerful and faster Porsche Panamera is in the works, borrowing hybrid technology from the 918 Spyder. The German automaker did confirm at the 2017 Porsche Panamera’s debut that two hybrid models are on the way, and one looks to pack around 700 horsepower.
But before then, expect Porsche to add a more powerful Panamera Turbo S to the lineup, sporting around 580 hp compared to the standard Turbo’s 550-hp figure. That also means the Porsche Panamera Turbo S will likely turn in an even faster Nurburgring time than the 7:38 from the Turbo model.
Eventually however, there will be a range-topping model to rule them all. It is being described to Motor Trend as a “918 with a back seat,” by pairing the Panamera’s new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with the 918’s hybrid technology. To go along with its 700 ponies, this high-performance hybrid Panamera will have around 800 pound-feet of torque.
So that’s one hybrid Panamera that Porsche has in the works, what about the other one? Well, the other model will be a more pedestrian offering, using the standard supercharged V6 engine with an electric motor to provide better fuel economy rather than performance.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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