The slimmed-down, updated Porsche Panamera range revealed a few months ago has already been filled out. And how’s this for a headline - the most powerful addition is a facelifted Turbo S E-Hybrid with 690bhp. Yep, knocking on the door of 700bhp, in a comfortable, leather-lined Panamera, which you can (and should) have as a ‘Sport Turismo’ estate. Alongside the standard hatchback version, there’s also an ‘Executive’ long-wheelbase derivative.
It’s comfortably more powerful than the new, 621bhp Turbo S, but since it has to lug around a motor and a 17.9kWh battery pack - replacing the old 14.1kWh unit - it’s actually a touch slower to 62mph. It takes a still extremely brisk 3.2 seconds to do the deed, compared to 3.1 in the exclusively petrol-powered Turbo S. The top speed is identical at 196mph.
While the Turbo S might have acceleration bragging rights, the new Turbo S E-Hybrid is a handy two tenths quicker than its predecessor. Plus, thanks to that new battery, the electric-only range has increased to 31 miles. On its own, the front axle-powering motor is good for 134bhp.
At the other end of the plug-in spectrum is an updated 4 E-Hybrid, mixing the same battery and motor combo as the Turbo S E-Hybrid with a twin-turbo V6. This makes for a total system power of 434bhp, giving a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds. It sits just under the new 4S E-Hybrid, which Porsche revealed alongside the Turbo S and the entry-level Panamera/Panamera 4 a few weeks back.
Finally, there’s a refreshed 4S. It uses a more potent twin-turbo V6, yielding an output of 434bhp. 0-62mph is over in 4.1 seconds, and the top speed is 183mph. So, whichever facelifted Panamera you go for, you won’t be wanting for performance.
All models get a newer version of the Porsche Communication Management infotainment setup with a higher resolution touchscreen, wireless Apple Car Play and improved voice control. Some derivatives also get a range of chassis tweaks.
The 4 E-Hybrid is the cheapest of the three, coming in at £83,720 or £85,870 for a Sport Turismo. The 4S is £92,440 in hatch form and £96,130 as an ST, while the Turbo S E-Hybrid is a whopping £140,130 or £142,280 for the ST. That’s a fairly modest premium of only £5000 or so over the petrol-only Turbo S, though, which seems like a good value considering all the hybrid tech you’re getting in return.
Which would it be for you?