Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a heck of a hybrid

When you think Porsche, you probably picture a 911, the rear-engined sports car now in its 55th year of production. Or maybe the name calls to mind Steve McQueen racing down the Mulsanne Straight in a blue-and-orange blur.

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In the next few months, Porsche is going to launch the Mission E, a sleek and powerful electric vehicle that might just be the most competition the Tesla Model S will have faced to date. However, the company has been electrifying some of its range for some time now.
We’ll have to wait a while for better battery tech before we get a plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) 911, Boxster, or Cayman, but Porsche’s Panamera and Cayenne range are available now with a side helping of lithium-ion. The first PHEV Porsche appeared in 2014 in the second-generation Cayenne. It impressed us when we tested it last year, beating less powerful plug-in SUVs from BMW and Volvo when it came to fuel economy and driving fun

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2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E

The Good An amazingly fast, incredibly proficient car that’ll easily do 20 miles without burning a drop of gas and looks stunning while doing so.


The Bottom Line If you have the money, it’s difficult to find a better all-weather, every-day all-arounder than this.

The Sport Turismo flavor of the Panamera adds a few key inches to the rear roofline, creating a more upright silhouette than the base car. Call it a sport wagon, call it a shooting brake, hell you can call it Nancy if you want — those few added inches create a stunning shape that will turn heads. And, as I would learn, when this car is paired with the outrageously fast and yet strikingly frugal plug-in hybrid powertrain, the $188,400 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a nigh-unbeatable combination.

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