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£139,287 when new
Long name. What does it mean? You know what a Panamera is. It’s Porsche’s riposte to the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8; big, sumptuous barges that for the most part deploy as much technology as is humanly possible to keep their drivers far removed from the business of, you know, driving. This is not Porsche’s aim. Theirs is quite the opposite, in fact. Turbo S means it’s fast – the fastest – but not hardcore or especially ‘focused’ because then it would be a GT or GTS. E-Hybrid means it’s a plug-in hybrid, so it has a conventional petrol-powered internal combustion engine that works in tandem with an electric motor and eight-speed PDK gearbox to deliver much speed and performance, as well as a bit of engine-off electric running to keep whoever it is that writes EU emissions laws happy. Sport Turismo means it’s an estate or ‘shooting brake’, with a hatched-back, seating for four plus one stick-thin eight year-old sandwiched in the ‘occasional’ middle seat, and a reasonably capacious boot. In short, a 700-odd bhp all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid Porsche wagon. How times change, et cetera. Golly. Sounds like a clever thing.