Porsche has announced it is analyzing the prospects of developing a hybridized V8 version of the second-generation Panamera.
Speaking at the launch of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in Paris last week, Porsche’s CEO Oliver Blume revealed the Stuttgart-based marque is thinking of a high-performance hybrid version of its all-new sedan. The model is expected to get the company’s newly developed biturbo 4.0-liter V8 from the Turbo version where it develops 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque.
Corroborated with the additional power generated by the electric motor(s), it would give the beefier hybrid Panamera some amazing performances taking into account the V6-powered 4 E-Hybrid is already seriously fast. The latter, which has the new biturbo 2.9-liter engine, sprints to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.6 seconds and maxes out at 173 mph (278 kph).
The new Panamera derivative is expected to have an all-wheel drive layout and an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission like the aforementioned 4 E-Hybrid pictured below.
The news of a possible hybrid V8-powered Panamera doesn’t come as a big surprise taking into account there was a similar rumor at the end of June. According to a company insider, the model in question is expected to get some of the hybrid bits and pieces from the sold-out 918 Spyder supercar to enable a combined output of approximately 700 hp (522 kW) and a massive 800 lb-ft (1,085 Nm). That would probably make it the range-topping model of the Panamera range and therefore dethrone the traditional Turbo S flagship.
In related news, Oliver Blume also revealed Porsche does not have plans to hybridize the 911 or the 718 Boxster / 718 Cayman in the near future, even though sales of hybrids are growing with each passing year. At the moment, these account for more than 10 percent of the sales in the model lines where the tech is available.
Despite the ongoing Dieselgate at the Volkswagen Group, Blume mentioned diesel engines will still be important for Porsche in the years to come, especially in the European market.