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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is new 500kW flagship

Porsche has introduced a new flagship variant for the latest Panamera range, called the Turbo S E-Hybrid. It pairs hybrid technology with outright turbo performance.

Under the bonnet is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 taken directly from the Panamera Turbo. It produces 404kW. Matched to that is an electric motor system which adds 100kW for a combined output of 500kW and 850Nm.

As you can probably assume, this makes it the most powerful Panamera production car ever made. It’s able to scoot off to a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.4 seconds, while offering a top speed of 310km/h.

The electric side of things consists of a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery that can provide electric-only driving for a range of about 50km. The battery can be recharged within six hours, or 2.4 hours using a higher amp 7.2kW system, available as an option.

Fuel economy is, as you would expect, astonishing for a car with this much performance. Through the NEDC combined cycle test the model returns a rate of just 2.9L/100km.

Being the new top model, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes packaged with plenty of standard features. Some of these include ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control, torque vectoring, 21-inch alloy wheels, air suspension, and a comprehensive media interface with LTE telephone module and SIM card reader with Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality.

The new variant is on sale in Australia now priced from $460,100 (excluding on-roads), with deliveries kicking off in the third quarter of 2017.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.