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Over the course of two weeks, Porsche invited over 300 journalists from 47 countries to test the new Porsche Panamera model extensively. The powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid was also available for the media representatives to drive on the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.
The following are their reviews as they took the new Panamera to the track and the surrounding scenic Cowichan Valley.

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Into the wild

In the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria, press representatives from around the world had the chance to be the first to drive both the Panamera Sport Turismo and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Here are the responses. Varied. This is the word that best describes the province of British Columbia. Alongside the endless kilometres of coastline with spectacular views and numerous offshore islands and bays, the long ranges of the Rockies and the Coast Mountains weave through British Columbia. An abundance of different species of animals thrives amongst the almost pristine natural landscape. By contrast, the major cities of Victoria and Vancouver are shaped by a modern urban cityscape.
Read full article: www.newsroom.porsche.com


New Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

The new Porsche Panamera hybrid introduced is the continuation of the saga of the 911 but with electric motor. One of the first vehicles of alternative traction of the German house. The intention of the manufacturer is to provide for 2022 in every second vehicle some type of electric motor. The Panamera Turbo S hybrid has 680 horsepower with impressive torque of 850 Nm. The power of traction is provided by a V8 biturbo of four liters. The Panamera Turbo S battery is under the trunk floor. It is 14 kW of power.
Read full article: www.bolsamania.com


FIRST DRIVE: Planet’s ‘fastest sedan,’ the 2018 Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid sips fuel

COWICHAN, B.C. — The most powerful regular production Porsche is a hybrid. Porsche has inserted a 136-horsepower electric motor between an already potent 550-horsepower, 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine and an eight-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission. The result is a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 lb.-ft. of torque starting at 1,700 rpm and the ability to move the 5,200-lb. car to 100 km/h from rest in 3.2 seconds, from 100 to 200 km/h in 8.3 seconds and to a top speed that exceeds 300 km/h.
Read full article: www.thechronicleherald.ca


2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Review: All the power. All the money.

Hoping to remind car enthusiasts of the emotions they felt when the 918 Spyder was introduced, Porsche now offers the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It’s the new range topper for its one, and only, sedan. It relates to the 918 Spyder in the sense that the new Panamera is both the highest performer of the model line and a hybrid. The heart of the operation is a longitudinally mounted 4.0-liter V8 with 90-degree banks, four chain-driven camshafts with variable timing and direct injection. It’s a “hot-v” setup, meaning the intake ports are outside the V, and the exhaust ports are inside, where two twin-scroll turbochargers lie. Those compressors help spin up 550 hp at 5,750 rpm and 568 lb-ft of torque at just under 2,000 rpm.
Read full article: www.autoweek.com


2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: Why Can’t All Wagons Be This Good?

If you believe that Porsche’s new second-generation Panamera sedan is attractive (as most everyone does), then its all-new Panamera Sport Turismo is going to knock your socks off. After more than a decade of peddling a five-door sedan with a liftback, which wasn’t winning many beauty awards in its first-generation iteration, Porsche is finally offering a proper wagon derivative. The new model, which automaker coins a “Sport Turismo,” is not only more alluring than its sedan sibling — it’s roomier, offers more utility, and it arrives with some trick new technology that is sure to differentiate it from its four-box competitors.
Read full article: www.forbes.com


First Drive: 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

DUNCAN, Canada — The tarmac is heating up at Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit and a Skittles array of 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrids sits ready for hot laps around the 1.4-mile circuit. When was the last time we flung a 2.5-ton, 680 horsepower sedan around what is essentially a large-scale go-kart track? Uh, that would be never. But the good people from Zuffenhausen thought it would be a good idea, so we kindly obliged.
Read full article: www.automobilemag.com


Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo review: Tail happy

The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo boasts both zoom and room – 4+1 seating capacity with a spacious boot without compromising on power. THE Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo may look like the right vehicle for a trip to Ikea, but the real reason folks buy such shooting brakes is for the street cred and sartorial irony – the utility comes as a bonus. Factor in the explosive performance of the bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and the car’s cult desirability factor shoots through the roof.
Read full article: www.businesstimes.com.sg


Porsche’s latest hybrid is nimble and sporty

For the first time, a Porsche with an “E-Hybrid” moniker is the flagship model of a product line instead of the “Turbo S”. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 4-litre V8 from the Panamera Turbo. It kicks out 550bhp but together with its electric motor, the car has 680bhp on tap. Torque is also boosted by 80Nm to a dizzying 850Nm, from just above idle at 1,400rpm all the way to 5,500rpm.
Read full article: www.straitstimes.com


Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – Beauty and the Beast

Porsche confronts inertia, and wins!In 1986 a car called the BMW M5 came along powered by a 286hp, 3.6-litre straight-six, and changed the high performance saloon landscape forever. Five years later Mercedes replied with their 326hp, 5.0-litre V8 powered 500E and it was game on. Since then there has been a constantly escalating power race between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG to produce the fastest and best high performance saloon on the planet.
Read full article: www.9tro.com

Will Sabel Courtney, drive.com

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Review: The Smart Choice in Plug-in Porsches

The 680-horsepower Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the sort of super-powerful, technically-advanced automobile that wows car enthusiasts and sucks early adopters into showrooms. But ultimately, its $195,000 price tag makes it a showpiece—a halo vehicle, much like the 911 GT2 RS with which it will soon share dealerships floor space. Its powertrain may be the closest thing to the 918 Spyder’s in the lineup these days, but it’s hard to justify spending all that cash on a car seemingly concerned with environmentally-conscious commuting—especially when the regular Panamera Turbo costs $45,000 less and runs just a tenth of a second slower in the 0-60 mph dash.
Read full article: www.thedrive.com


First Drive: 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

New wagon has design appeal, added utility, and plenty of performance. Victoria, Canada — A revealed silhouette formed a disarmingly sleek shape at the 2012 Paris auto show, transforming the bubble-tailed Panamera into an elegant, easier-on-the-eyes wagon. The peanut gallery begged, “Build it!” Five years later, Porsche has obliged. From design experiment to a serially produced car, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a more utilitarian – and some would say better looking – take on the Panamera form.
Read full article: www.automobilemag.com


First Drive: 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

DUNCAN, BC – When Porsche unveiled its 918 Hybrid hypercar, it seemed clear that the 887 hp plug-in hybrid supercar was a four-wheeled mission statement. Soon after the 918’s launch, Porsche replaced the hybrid Cayenne and Panamera models with more advanced plug-in hybrid versions, its extra-large battery and electric motor adding both power and efficiency.
Read full article: www.autotrader.ca

 Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. Brendan McAleer/The Globe and Mail

The ultimate Porsche Panamera

If the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo is a conventionally powered rocketship, then the Turbo S E-Hybrid has warp drive. Whenever the question is posed – “What’s the ultimate Porsche 911?” – not a few voices point out that the firm’s best comes from the era of air-cooling. The strong market in vintage 911s seems to bear the theory out. A 911 is all about sensation; while modern versions are faster, they can’t match the old stuff for charm. But what about those Porsche products that embrace technology as a raison d’être?
Read full article: www.theglobeandmail.com


Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: exercise style

Introduced as a five-year study at the Mondial de l’Auto five years ago, Sport Turismo, the umpteenth version of the Panamera, offers essentially more features such as more spacious rear seats and a more voluminous chest. In fact, this is not the case. It is first and foremost an exercise in style.
Read full article: theqtimes.com


Full on electricity in British Columbia

On the first test ride with the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo in Canada. Endless forests, rugged rock faces and rivers full of salmon – guidebooks and reports from campers often overlap with kitsch and simplicity dripping phrases when it comes to Vancouver Island. The best thing is that these representations correspond to reality. Located in the extreme south-west of Canada, half an hour from the metropolis of Vancouver, and about the size of Holland, the island is actually a potpourri of natural beauty and adventure. Unfortunately, the island is about 8,000 kilometers from Austria.
Read full article: www.news.at


2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: Wagons, ho!

The wagon version of the Panamera is sporty, roomy, loaded with tech—and should have come out before the sedan version. VICTORIA, British Columbia—They’ve made an SUV. They’ve gone from solely offering rear-engined models to offering front-, rear-, and mid-engined models. They’ve even gone so far as to make a sedan/shooting-brake-like thingy. Now, however, they’ve really done it. Yes, folks, Porsche – 911-building, world-conquering race-car-developing Porsche – is releasing a station wagon.
Read full article: www.autofocus.ca


The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Is a Mind-Bending Complexity Machine

With trickle-down tech from the 918 Spyder, the new Panamera flagship can launch and corner like no other 5,100 pounds of anything can. Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit is a petite, Hermann Tilke-designed racetrack teased out of an old logging forest. With just 1.4 miles of fresh tarmac bent into 19 corners, it’s a technical course of quick transitions and blind crests. It’s made-to-order for close combat among Miatas, Boxsters, and the occasional Lotus Elise.
Read full article: www.thedrive.com


Porsche performance that makes you go quiet

Porsche has launched its fastest Panamera yet, and it’s a hybrid. We were met by protesters at the entrance to the new Victoria Island Motorsport Circuit in Canada. Not the kind of protesters we are used to though. There were no burning tyres, instead just a small group of people with placards and smiling faces. They were protesting about the noise of racing at the track, with messages saying the noise would be harmful to their children.
Read full article: www.businesslive.co.za


First Drive: 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Introducing the fastest hybrid on the planet: The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid! That’s a pretty lofty claim even for a company renowned for producing some very fast automobiles but after spending some time behind the wheel, I can testify this one is very quick, very stable, very responsive and every other “very-able” you can think of.
Read full article: www.exhausted.ca

IOL News

We drive Porsche’s ass-hauling Panamera Turbo hybrid

Victoria, Canada – Porsche has launched another plug-in hybrid. But wait, don’t click the back button just yet. This one’s different.
Instead of introducing another half petrol, half electric model with the sole aim of appeasing the quinoa-loving government officials in charge of reducing carmakers’ CO2 emissions, Porsche has taken a different approach this time around. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid we sampled at its world media launch in Canada last week is a performance range-topper with astonishing 500kW and 850Nm outputs. In other words, if you want the biggest, baddest, and fastest accelerating version of the sports sedan, you’re now forced to swallow a bit of broccoli with your meat.
Read full article: www.iol.co.za


Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

An electric Porsche, does it? At least as an E-Hybrid, this works perfectly, as we could see.
The new Panamera Turbo S comes as an E-hybrid with a not very modest system performance of 680 hp, which means that Porsche does not dispense with any of the sporting attributes that justify its worldwide fame in all concessions to the environment. We drove the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid in the beautiful natural landscape of Vancouver Island in Canada and enjoyed sovereign performance, demanding comfort and many curious looks from the local population. More about this sport sedan in one of the upcoming print editions of the daily newspaper. (Google Translated: Original in German)
Read full article: www.tageblatt.lu

The Chronicle Herald

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive review: the 918 Spyder distilled

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is an intensely busy machine. There’s nothing raw or visceral, two words nearly synonymous with Porsche, about this four-door hypercar, and yet it feels every bit the flagship it is intended to be. After on- and off-track drives around Victoria, British Columbia, it has forced us to rethink our notion of what makes a Porsche a Porsche.
Read full article: www.motorauthority.com

The Chronicle Herald

FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

COWICHAN, B.C. — Porsche chose this delightful western part of our country for the global introduction of it’s latest vehicle — the Panamera Sport Turismo. It flew journalists from dozens of countries and all continents to the area to allow them to sample the latest Porsche products on public roads and a new race track. The occasion was the global introduction of two additions to the Panamera line, the most powerful regular production Porsche and the first station wagon in the company’s history.
Read full article: www.thechronicleherald.ca

Autocar UK

Video: Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo review

Five years after showing us a Panamera wagon as a concept car, Porsche has launched a second estate-car version of its big four-seater grand tourer, which will rival Audi’s RS6 Performance and the Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 Shooting Brake.
Roughly the same size as the saloon version, the new Sport Turismo has bigger rear doors, a long roof line and a larger boot. It’s also the first Panamera yet to be offered with five seats – although, with that middle back seat only really suitable for small children, Porsche prefers to call it a ‘4+1’.
Read full article: www.autocar.co.uk

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo And Turbo S E-Hybrid Explore Canada

Porsche took several examples of the Panamera Sport Turismo and Turbo S E-Hybrid to British Columbia, Canada, for their international press launch.
This is where more than 300 automotive journalists, from 47 countries, had the chance to push them hard, over the course of two weeks, in the contrasting landscape that includes endless miles of coastline, spectacular views of the Rockies and Coast Mountains, and urban cityscape that shapes Victoria and Vancouver.
Read full article: www.carscoops.com


The World’s Fastest Hybrid at 310 km/h

VICTORIA, BC: The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the fastest, most powerful hybrid in the world – period. Capable of going three times Canada’s highway speed limit, it also ensconces four people in all the luxury, connectivity and performance features the brand stands for. In fact, this sedan marks the first time that a hybrid has stood atop of one of Porsche’s model ranges as its flagship model.
Read full article: www.wheels.ca


2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and Panamera Sport Turismo Review

By comparison, the four-door Panamera is only available five ways (nine, if you include some of those same models with their wheelbases stretched a few inches). Except that’s about to change, with a sleek new sportback model, as well as a range-topping hybrid sedan adding to the Panamera’s appeal. The Supreme PanameraYou read that right: The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will sit atop the sport sedan’s hierarchy. But this isn’t just another hybrid model designed to appease the powers that oversee the efficiency of the modern automobile. It’s much more than that.
Read full article: www.autoguide.com

roadandtrack.com - Brendan McAleer

2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid: First Drive

The more education you get, the longer your title. The longer your title, the fancier Porsche you’ll likely be able to afford. The fancier (and more expensive) the Porsche you buy is, the longer its title will be. Say hello to the Herr Professor Doktor of cars, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
“Before, we were asking our very top customers to make a choice between the Turbo model and the hybrid,” said Dr. Gernot Döllner, head of Porsche’s Panamera product line. “Now, they can choose both. They’re interested in the technology – this is not something we have to explain. And the car is fun.”
Read full article: www.roadandtrack.com


2018 Porsche Panamera Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow

The 911 pace car ahead of me raced up the main straight and took the ascent up through Turn 1 of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit without a flash of brake-lights. Behind the wheel of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, I tried to close the distance. My car weighed a lot more but it also boasted substantially more power.
Read full article: www.newsarethere.com


The world needs a 600+ horsepower hybrid – and this Porsche Panamera most certainly delivers

VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. – The small crowd of protesters made up for its size with intensity, brandishing signs and shaking fists as we approached. Vancouver Islanders are renowned for their NIMBYism – after all, this is the birthplace of Greenpeace. But to be fair, not many of us would be happy with a new racetrack in our backyards, either. As if in solidarity, a local in a battered pickup blasted by us, bellowing its indignation. Ironically, we glide through the gates of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit in complete silence, traveling solely on electric power.
Read full article: www.driving.ca


2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid First Drive | Futuristic luxury electro-supercar

It’s OK if you haven’t yet nailed down the name of this one. Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a mouthful for sure, but it’s also a big moment for Porsche. The former top-tier Turbo S model sports a hybrid system for the first time, an obvious sign of how Porsche will electrify its future.
Read full article: www.bossauto.ca


Panamera Gets Peak Power Generation

Porsche complements its high-performance prediction “Turbo S”: The “e-hybrid” logo now graces the flanks of the fastest Panamera sedan. Electrical engineering makes the top model more biting, more economical – and more expensive.
So far, the Porsche world has been clear, but one will have to get used to a modified model hierarchy. For a minimum of 185.736 euros, the “Turbo S” of the Panamera series will be a part-time current. The 382-volt electropumpet is something for those who are in a hurry: 3.4 seconds pass the standard print from zero to one hundred and 310 km / h is the final speed. For Series Manager Dr. Gernot Döllner is the car of the “start into a new strategy” at Porsche.
Read full article: www.n-tv.de


Porsche has a winner with the Panamera Sport Turismo

Jim Kenzie calls this new model a ‘station wagon.’ Coming to Porsche stores near you this fall, it improves rear-seat headroom and adds cargo space.
…Better still, we had all-too-few laps in the Turbo E-Hybrid sedan at the Vancouver Island Motorsport circuit near this south-central-island town, which we have described to you before. I say ‘all-too-few’ laps because there are never enough laps.
First, the track time. This circuit is just 2.3-km long and very busy — you get little time to relax. Which makes the Panamera’s performance here even more impressive. It is a big car by anyone’s standards, yet it seems to shrink around you as you negotiate the tight turns…
Read full article: www.thestar.com


2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid review

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is worth the $75,600 premium over the base Turbo if you’re a technophile, an early adopter, someone who craves a little exclusivity, perhaps mindful of your carbon footprint or often find yourself needing to accelerate as hard as possible from 100km/h to 200km/h.
But if undiluted driving thrills is your thing, the base Panamera Turbo is 90 per cent of the experience for 15 per cent less coin.
Read full article: www.motormag.com.au


Porche’s new Panamera Sport Turismo is light and responsive

The term Shooting Brake refers to a high-end estate or station wagon, which is often based on a saloon model. This niche segment is popular in Europe. Porsche, however, has coined a new term for its Panamera station wagon: Sport Turismo. Designed in parallel with the second-generation Panamera, the Sport Turismo gives buyers an option other than the Panamera saloon and its long-wheel-base Executive variant.
Read full article: www.straitstimes.com


2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Review: First Drive

Technology moves fast these days, and there are positive connotations. Leaps forward in technology allow us to do more, be more efficient and have more fun — mostly. But it doesn’t all feel that way. This was the fear I had with the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Read full article: www.todaytimes.org

Porsche’s newest hybrid is great on the track and even better on the road

The Panamera is probably not the first car you think of when you hear the name Porsche. It’s likely not even the second or third. The Panamera is the boring workhorse of the Porsche fleet. It’s for people who own (or want to own) one of Porsche’s poster performance cars that, arm twisted behind their back, are being forced to admit that a cramped Carrera doesn’t fit their lifestyle anymore.
That might not be the case for long, though, because Porsche is rolling out a new hybrid version of the Panamera this year called the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It’s not the first Panamera hybrid, but it is the first one Porsche is willing to label as the flagship version of this particular model.
Read full article: www.theverge.com


2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Review: First Drive

CARS.COM — A year after a full Panamera redesign for the 2017 model year, Porsche is introducing a new body style to the mix for 2018 that will have the wagon aficionados scrambling — the 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo.
Read full article: www.cars.com

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Review: First Drive

CARS.COM — Technology moves fast these days, and there are positive connotations. Leaps forward in technology allow us to do more, be more efficient and have more fun — mostly. But it doesn’t all feel that way. This was the fear I had with the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Read full article: www.cars.com

With new Porsche Panamera, E-Hybrid means massive power

The 911 pace car ahead of me raced up the main straight and took the ascent up through Turn 1 of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit without a flash of brakelights. Behind the wheel of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, I tried to close the distance. My car weighed a lot more but it also boasted substantially more power.
Read full article: www.cnet.com

The tribe’s in Canada for the Pamamera sport turismo & turbo s E-Hybrid launch

Read full article: www.drivetribe.com

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (2017) review

If the regular Porsche Panamera is fractionally too small to fit in your life then stress no more. Half a decade on from the original Paris concept, Porsche has finally let us drive the production version of the Sport Turismo, to be sold alongside the regular hatch/fastback as a separate model
Read full article: www.carmagazine.co.uk

With 550 horsepower, this grand touring wagon belies its heavy weight in spirited driving

COWICHAN, British Columbia – Aside from the occasional cringe-worthy swath of denuded forest, the interior of Vancouver Island is a scantily populated oasis of towering pine, rugged stone, and narrow meandering roads perfect for a leisurely Sunday drive. They’re less than ideal, however, for rather large German luxury cars.
Read full article: driving.ca

Preview of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: Express well

Only a diesel and now also a Kombi: Will Porsche finally turn into a completely normal Automarke? The risk appears to be low, but the number of units and the price structure are already on the other. But with the introduction of the Panamera Sport Turismo the Zuffenhauseners show that they do not want to be satisfied with the production records.
Read full article: www.auto-medienportal.net

Porsche picks North Cowichan motorsport track to unveil new cars

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit marked a major milestone Tuesday with an international launch event at the North Cowichan track for two new Porsche luxury automobiles.The launch will have attracted about 440 motoring journalists from up to 47 countries to GAIN Dealer Group’s 19-hectare automotive resort and its sister hotel, the Villa Eyrie, by the time it reaches the finish line July 30.
Read full article: www.timescolonist.com

Porsche launches new models at Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

With Porsche execs, Porsche enthusiasts, and auto journalists on hand, it was an exciting day. It’s always a big event worldwide when Porsche launches a new car. This time the big unveiling took place in the Cowichan Valley, at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, where everyone went all out for the launch. A crew spent two weeks readying the inside of the building for the big day, installing new walls with special Porsche branding and more.
Read full article: www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com

We have discovered so many great review videos discussing world launch of the all-new Porsche Panamera, it is exciting to watch them set to the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding Cowichan Valley and the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2l_LgdqucTcMKC782EnNoBQiilsu_v9l