We were told it might share 918 Spyder tech, and it does indeed.
Porsche's Panamera has become quite the looker, the 2018 model doesn't make you want scream at it in traffic for not being Porsche enough. Besides the looks though, it was the recipient of some changes under the hood that took the power up to 550 hp, allowing it to reclaim it's Nurburgring title as the fastest luxury sedan out there (until Alfa Romeo recently had another go.) Porsche tells us the hybrid version, dubbed the 4 E-Hybrid is not far off the Turbo's power output, with 462 hp on tap.
The 136-hp electric motor used in the Panamera was created using what's found in the insanely fast 918 Spyder as a it's technical inspiration, and when combined with a 330-hp gasoline-powered 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, it gives this sizeable Porsche some pretty good go. The combination results in a 462-hp setup that can propel the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The almost instantaneous torque that an electric motor allows is the main reason for the rapid acceleration - but 516 lb-ft will do that. The auto box has been replaced with an 8-speed PDK transmission, and PDK is something that Porsche does really well so that's great news.
It's possible to drive the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in full electric mode and still keep up with traffic. In this tree-saving setting the Panamera reaches up to 31 miles of travel and has a maximum speed of an impressive 87 mph. If you used this car as a daily driver and you stayed close to the office, you could, in theory, make a tank of gas last a few months. This would never happen though, because at least once a week you would not be able to resist the urge to mash the accelerator to the floor just to feel that sub-5 second 0-62 dash. New owners will start getting their cars by summer 2017 with the worldwide launch happening later.