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2014 Porsche Panamera S, 4S, S E-Hybrid: First Drive Page 2

The third variant, however, is the most likely to interest the modern reader due to its (for the era) advanced drivetrain implementation. Combining a supercharged (engine-driven forced air induction) 3.0-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor, and with the capability to use either or both to drive the wheels, this model, arcanely termed the Panamera S E-Hybrid, might be seen as the ancestral forebear of the modes of transport known and used even by the grandmothers and great-grandmothers of today’s citizen.

Bridging the gap between the hydrocarbon-based combustion engine automobile and the earliest of electrically powered cars, this arrangement was known as the plug-in hybrid . owing to its ability to be plugged in via a mains-supply cable (electricity was then distributed from a central municipal source, via metal wires) to replenish the onboard electrical storage unit (or battery . itself a chemical repository, based on the also long-extinguished supply of lithium metal).

Disregarding the archaic componentry, however, the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid’s ability to drive solely on electric power allowed it to span the gulf of time, in a way perhaps not unfamiliar to the even more ancient poet Walt Whitman, to be relatable to modern travel enthusiasts, or if not to them, their recent ancestors.

For drivers (as the pilots of such vehicles were called) of the time, it was a nearly revolutionary experience. Certain other manufacturers of vehicles had previously constructed cars of similar power supply, and even vehicles dispensing with the combustion engine entirely, but few had done so in a vehicle otherwise so thoroughly competent in the aspects of creature comforts, vehicular dynamics, and, though it appears to have been a highly subjective matter, aesthetics.

2014 Porsche Panamera first drive

Moreover, the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s electric-driving ability was enhanced, as it seemed at the time, with the ability to drive solely or partially on the ubiquitous fuel of the day, gasoline . Not only that, but to use the gasoline engine, while traveling, to recharge the battery and thus regain some measure, typically 18-30 miles, of purely electric conduct.

I have previously mentioned the Panamera’s general accomplishment in the areas of comfort and equipment; to expound upon such features without the context of 21st Century materials and standards would require more space than I have here, but I will say that, compared with its contemporaries, the Panamera, throughout its range, offered space and comfort not common to the race of the automobile, and in fact rose to a standard not far below what would today be considered appropriate, were such a car to make the opposite of my jaunt backward in time.

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Perhaps most importantly, though it was, aside from the addition of the S E-Hybrid drivetrain, largely an iterative improvement over the previous four years’ of Panamera production, the result was a car that achieved a harmony of purpose that, too, mirrors our current modes of transport.

Nowhere in the range of Panamera variants was this more evident than in the GTS. Preferred by those most enthusiastic about driving, but those also constrained from ownership of more compact vehicles due to social or familial obligations, this model employed V-8 engine displacing 4.8 liters, and generating 440 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The resulting urgency of acceleration from a stop, or from moderate speeds to velocities that would outstrip all but the fastest automated transports of today, proved an intoxicating potency for a traveler such as myself.

Similarly, the ability of the Panamera GTS to change direction, even at immoderate speeds, proved addicting. And yet, despite this greater focus on performance, the GTS gave up but little of the comfort and civility found in other variants of its name.

Beyond these models already mentioned, there exists one model of which I had no opportunity of experience: the Panamera Turbo. Yet more powerful than the GTS, its reputation is one of relaxed, rather than immediate, involvement, adopting a certain lassitude befitting coverage of extended distances at high speeds rather than an environment of dynamic change.


To delve into greater detail in my experience of the 2014 Porsche Panamera would strain not only the reader’s comprehension, but my ability to communicate the sensations, sentiments, and processes involved. For the academics and enthusiasts among my readership, however, I will relay below a transcript of the handwritten notes of my native companion and guide throughout the experience, himself familiar, through evaluation, with a wide range of 21st Century vehicles, it being his mode of employment.

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