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When the original Cayenne was released in back in ’03 there was screaming in the streets. 911 owners all over the country were infuriated that their brand of choice was being tainted, and that Porsche would stoop so low as to offer an SUV to customers. They didn’t think about how insanely profitable the Cayenne would be for Porsche or how much money it would allow the automaker to put toward development of new sicker cars like the latest special edition 911 Turbo S creations, but they certainly expressed their outrage. They did so for years, even after the market began to get used to the high-end SUV, and then the Panamera came out. This abomination of a vehicle was like a stretched out 911 and nobody heard a peep from the Porsche purists. Perhaps it was because the Cayenne already conditioned them to different vehicles, or maybe a stretched car just isn’t as bad as an SUV. Either way, the Panamera has been a successful vehicle ever since it’s release, and the 2018 Panamera 4S builds on what was good about the first model, while making it much, much better.
The original Panamera has an odd roofline that looked out of place on a Porsche. That’s not the case any longer with the 2018 Panamera. It has a sloping roofline that makes it look like a longer 911 and it’s actually very attractive to look at.
No this Panamera isn’t pushing 700 HP like the new 911 Turbo is, but the 4S offers 0-60 times in just 4.0 seconds thanks to the powerful twin-turbo 2.9 liter V-6 with a total of 440 HP and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s a real powerhouse that manages top torque at less than 2,000 RPM and it keeps providing the power up through 5,500 RPMs giving it very satisfying performance characteristics. When you decide to spend a bit extra to toss the Sports Chrono package on the Panamera 4S you’ll enjoy a top speed of 179 MPH and a car that doesn’t redline until 6,800 RPM. It’s a beat of a machine and there’s no doubt that it would be a fun track car as well, even with its longer proportions.
One downside that some people will find with the 2018 Panamera 4S is the lack of a manual clutch. It only comes with a highly capable 8-speed PDK transmission, which is ideal for performance and smooth operation, but not so ideal when you want the feel of a real manual transmission. It does come outfitted with a set of paddle shifters though, giving you some control over the smooth-as-silk transmission that’s a real pleasure to drive around.
This car looks beautiful, it handles admirably and it comes equipped with all the features and power that you would expect of a capable Porsche vehicle. That’s exactly why it’s going to sell well for Porsche and why so many executives and high-end car buyers will want one.
Most of the time hybrid vehicles are known for their ability to help you cut your fuel consumption. They allow vehicles to run more efficiently and really bump up those MPGs. That’s not the only purpose of hybrid vehicles though, and the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is proof of that. Hybrid tech can also make vehicles much more powerful and exciting to drive around.
It’s Packing Heat
The newest hybrid from Porsche offers a total of 462 HP and a whopping 516 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a whole lot to pack into a little car, and you’ll feel every bit of that power when you stomp on the pedal and squeal the tires in a cloud of smoke.
The car splits all that power between its four wheels and can travel from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 172 MPH, faster than most people will be brave enough to take the vehicle.
Driving without Fuel
This car is packed with a powerful battery and is capable of motoring around town without using a single drop of fuel. You can get a total of 31 miles on a single battery charge, which doesn’t seem like too much, but for many people it’s enough to complete daily errands or even for a short work commute.
Instant Torque Satisfaction
While this Panamera is going to be a blast to drive at high speeds, it’s also going to be a whole lot of fun at the low end of the spectrum. That’s because all that electric torque is available instantly, as soon as you press the peddle your vehicle is going to start moving and moving fast. You’ll feel the acceleration, even just speeding up from sitting at the stop sign. Driving the Panamera Hybrid around town will make doing errands much more enjoyable overall, and you don’t have to worry about all the fuel you’re wasting by accelerating too vigorously, because you’ll be running on electricity.
Liquid Cooled Battery Tech
High performance batteries get really hot, which is why the lithium battery fitted into the Panamera is liquid cooled to keep it from overheating. This allows the car to provide excellent performance, while keeping the battery in optimal condition at all times.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid is one of the most potent variation of the Panamera yet released, and it’s pretty efficient as well. It will be a blast to drive, and is expected to show up in dealerships later on this year. Keep your eye out for this exciting model, and you’ll see just what hybrid tech is capable of.