Porsche recently held their international launch of the 2019 Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo in Bahrain. Like the previous generation, the Panamera GTS sits between the 4S and Turbo variants, with enough options between the three to give potential buyers a variety of choices.
Porsche has unveiled the new 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo, sharing the stage at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The Panamera Sport Turismo is a wagon by any other name. Porsche carves out an odd niche, as there exists no other full-size ‘wagons’ with 550 hp in the market. It remains to be seen whether there will be enough customers for a car dreamt of only by teenage bloggers. We have yet to see a single Audi RS6 wagon on the road that isn’t a press test-drive car.
At last year’s Paris Motor Show, Porsche unveiled the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid which churned out 462 hp and 700 Nm from its hybrid powertrain that consisted of a bi-turbo 2.9-litre V6 and an electric motor. Now, Stuttgart has revealed a more powerful version of the hybrid Panamera with 680 hp. Say hello to the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Porsche has a history of creating cars that cause a negative reaction, even if only temporarily. Aging enthusiasts will remember the 914 from the 70s. Millennials will remember the first Cayenne. And more recently, there was the Panamera, the German carmaker’s first ever sedan which was actually a stretched hatchback. But while derided when launched, all three went on to become bestsellers, much more so than the iconic 911. For 2017, there is a new Panamera hitting the streets, but no one can say any more that the styling is found wanting.
With all the hoopla over higher petrol prices, there’s a lot of talk about hybrid cars in general. We’ve never had any interest in the Porsche Panamera before, for obvious reasons, but when the Dubai dealership offered us a plug-in hybrid version of the same car, we were all for trying it out, especially since we had the car for the better part of a week to put it through various scenarios.
Porsche will be locally launching the new-generation 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo S, 911 GT3 and 911 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show this week, alongside the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Porsche E-Mobility concept. A 1/8th scale model of the 918 Spyder will also be displayed, according to new Porsche Middle East boss Christer Ekberg at a recent media roundtable.
At the recently-concluded 2013 Qatar Motor Show, Porsche did three regional premieres, for the Cayenne Turbo S, new generation Cayman and 911 Carrera 4, and they showed off one of the first Panamera Platinum Edition models that arrived in the GCC market.
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