Hot hybrid headlines revised Panamera line-up

Porsche Panamera

PORSCHE has broadened its chunky Panamera with three updated variants, including the most powerful road car it currently sells.

The new Turbo S E-Hybrid model's combination of 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and electric motor produces a ludicrous 690bhp and the ability to crush the 0-62mph sprint in around three seconds.

Top speed is a ridiculous 196mph, meaning that just about the only comparable car that can outrun it is a Bentley Flying Spur, which tops out at 207mph. It's not a plug-in hybrid, though...

Prices for the uber-Panamera aren't far off Bentley money either, and start at £140,130.

A larger battery - increased from 14.1kWh on the older Panamera hybrid models to 17.9kWh - also means that the Turbo S E-Hybrid will manage up to 31 miles on electric power alone while returning combined CO2 emissions of 62-63g/km.

A lower-powered Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has also been introduced, bringing a still respectable 456bhp from a 2.9-litre V6 which, again, is combined with an electric motor and batteries.

It does the benchmark sprint in around four seconds and has to settle for a top speed of a mere 174mph. It costs from £83,720. There's also a Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, from £102k.

The third new model is unelectrified Panamera 4S, which has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 434bhp and costs from £92,440.

As well as the five-door hatch Panamera, a sleek estate-style Sport Turismo version is available for a premium of around £2k.

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