Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Matches BMW M5 Competition in Track Test

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid track test 4 photos
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Is the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid fit for a track attack? Well, given the fact that the range-topping Panny tips the scales at about 2.4 tons (make that 5,300 lbs), we'd be tempted to say no. However, Porsche engineers might've just worked their magic into this behemoth, so how can we tell?
Well, the answer to the question above is simple - we've brought along a track test that shows the 680 horsepower long-roof Porsche being put through its paces.

The throttle-obsessed aficionados over at Motorsport Magazine have recently gotten their hands on the gas-electric Zuffenhausen machine, deciding to throw the thing at the Magny-Cours circuit (the Club layout of the track was used).

The whole feat was caught on camera from a perspective that can be associated with the driver POV, as you'll get to notice in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page.

As far as the chronograph is concerned, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid completed the task in 1:22.78. So, where does this place the gas-electric Autobahn blitzer?

Well, for one thing, the Porcha managed to tie machines like the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Competition incarnation of the F90 BMW M5 (the current generation).

Then again, lap times are one thing and the driving experience is another thing. Pay attention to the clip below and you'll notice that kind of handling that can be described as the opposite of what the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has to offer (in case you haven't checked out the Italian so far, we'll mention this is extremely lively, with its posterior being mad about dancing) - note that the lap time of the Alfa is also mentioned in the clip.

So while the family side of the affair is well taken care of, those who prefer a bit of a slip angle affair will be left seeking a different handling balance.

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