Check out a Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid race a 911 Turbo S in the battle of the Porsches.
On paper, this doesn’t seem like much of a fair fight. Although the Panamera is still absolutely a Porsche, it’s a Porsche that is more related to a station wagon than a sports car.
We should note, however, that this is no ordinary Panamera. It’s the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid which pairs all the power of a big V8 engine with the on-demand torque or an electric motor. The combined power of the 4.0-L V8 and single electric motor make 671 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.
Zero to sixty is done in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph. That’s fast for any car, let alone a station wagon.
Last time, Autocar pit the Panamera against an Audi R8 with favorable results. This week, Autocar wants to see how it fares against its little brother, the Porsche 911 Turbo S.Although not as fast as the 911 GT2 RS, the Turbo S is still no slouch. From a 3.8-L twin-turbo flat-six comes 572 hp and 553 lb-ft directed by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels all the time. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph.
The Panamera certainly has more power, but it also weighs almost half again as much as the Turbo S. An extra 1,500 lbs is a lot to carry around, and an extra 125 horses might not be enough for the Panamera to keep up.
Both all-wheel-drive Porsches have a decent start off the line, but the Panamera’s extra bulk did it in. The Turbo S was able to speed away to the finish line a half-mile away, leaving several car lengths between it and the trailing station wagon.
But we shouldn’t be too disappointed by the Panamera’s performance. Autocar reported that the S E-Hybrid was able to make it to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds which is much faster than Porsche advertises.