Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Dusts Fellow Germans in Drag Race: Porsche Profiles Presented by Yokohama ADVAN Series Tire
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, BMW M5, and Mercedes-AMG E63S all look similar on paper, but the road is a whole different story.
Remember way back when, when everyone went crazy over the fact that Porsche was going to build a four-door car? Since then, tradition has gone completely out the window with SUVs. But we digress. That initial shock was somewhat calmed by the fact that the Panamera was a solid performer. Over the years it’s gotten even more so, and today’s model is even (gasp!) rather attractive. And if you opt for the top-of-the-line Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, it’s incredibly quick, too.
Just how quick, you say? Well, packing a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 plus a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor, combined output stands at an impressive 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. Despite a hefty 5,000+ pound curb weight, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid rockets to 60 in 3 seconds flat and does the quarter-mile in just over 11 seconds.
And yet, numbers oftentimes don’t mean much in the real world. Thus, Autocar decided to pit the Panamera against its main German rivals – the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63S. On paper, this looks like a relatively even matchup. The Benz and Bimmer give up a little in the horsepower department, but make up for it in weight savings. And yet, the real-world results are anything but close.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid simply leaps off the line and never looks back. The battery assist undoubtedly helps in the first 60 feet, but the Porsche continues to pull away after that. Leading to a rather embarrassing result for its rivals. It also has a better, easier to engage launch control than the other two. And this four-door saloon does 0-60 faster than the legendary McLaren F1.
Surprising? Not really. But this demonstration is a clear indication of just how far we’ve come since the Panamera first hit our streets just eight years ago!