2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S hybrid packs 515kW

A near-520kW plug-in hybrid is one of three new variants announced for Porsche’s updated-for-2020 Panamera range.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid becomes the most powerful Porsche model currently on sale, with a peak combined system output of 515kW from a 420kW twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine and a 100kW electric motor. That’s a 15kW boost over the outgoing version and translates to a 0-100km/h time of 3.2sec – 0.2sec faster than before. The top speed is 315km/h, a 5km/h gain.

There is also a 30% boost in electric range from a battery upped from 14.1kWh to 17.9kWh thanks to optimised cells and tweaked drive modes. Porsche claims a city EV range of 50 kilometres, and combined CO2 emissions of 62-63g/km.

Porsche has also released details of a revised version of the more affordable Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Sitting below the previously announced 412kW 4S E-Hybrid, it offers a combined 340kW from a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 and electric motor combo. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in 4.4sec and a top speed of 280km/h. The official all-electric range is up to 56 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 47-51g/km – almost a 40% improvement on the old model.

A non-electrified Panamera 4S has also been added. It retains the same 324kW 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 as before, giving a 0-100km/h of 4.1sec and a 295km/h top speed.

Every Panamera features a lightly redesigned exterior, with the previously optional Sport Design front end now standard, plus a raft of tech upgrades. The suspension and chassis control systems have been updated to improve dynamics as well.

Australian pricing has also been revealed. The cheapest model, the 4 E-Hybrid, is priced from $245,900 plus on-roads and the 4E Executive and Sport Turismo $255,400 and $253,200 respectively. The flagship Turbo S E-Hybrid is $420,800.

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