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No matter what you think about the Panamera’s styling, its dynamic abilities are beyond question. The base engine is a 330-hp turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is optional and allows for an upgrade to the 440-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6. We estimate a zero-to-60 time between 3.2 and 4.0 seconds. A 462-hp hybrid is also available and offers electric-only driving. A 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash controls the infotainment.
In the past, it wasn’t just powertrains that were hybridized in Porsche’s gasoline-electric vehicles—their mission, too, was split between upholding a dynamic pedigree and reducing fuel consumption. But the 918 Spyder hypercar marked a shift in philosophy: Porsche now says hybridization means making kick-ass cars kick more ass, treating the fuel-economy and emissions benefits of electrification as subordinate to boosting performance. (Those other things remain important for regulatory and marketing reasons, of course.)
On the road, the Panamera’s powertrain systems are well integrated in the Hybrid Auto mode, with the transition from solely electric power to hybrid operation and back being practically invisible. The car can be cycled through additional modes: E-Power, E-Hold, E-Charge, Sport, and Sport Plus. In E-Power, the Panamera E-Hybrid is capable, Porsche says, of covering up to 31 miles on electricity alone, and it delivers a torquey and mostly serene driving experience, save for some electric-motor whine and an occasional and oddly robust vibration/thrum through the floor. (The source of this thrum remains unconfirmed even after discussions with multiple Porsche engineers, but we suspect some sort of cooling equipment, as it occurred most often after bouts of hard driving and/or acceleration.)
Sport and Sport Plus modes are intended to maximize combined hybrid performance; the former keeps battery charge at a steady level to ensure there’s electric thrust when you want it, while Sport Plus actively works to recharge the batteries using the engine to make sure there’s even more thrust when you want it. We can confirm that these modes execute these tasks as advertised, but they otherwise didn’t seem to significantly alter the character of the car beyond firming up the suspension to various degrees. Whatever the mode, the E-Hybrid offers what you’d expect from a large Porsche sedan: disciplined body control, the ability to soak up hundreds of high-speed miles, and a well-sorted ride from its standard air-spring suspension. It masks its weight well with no sense of lolling or listing in corners, but the E-Hybrid would feel more agile still if, well, it weren’t a hybrid.