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Porsche Panamera: Plug-in hybrid with 500+ bhp turbo V8 in the works?

Porsche Panamera

Street word has it that Porsche is working on a 500+ bhp turbo V8 plug-in hybrid for the Porsche Panamera.

In an odd twist, the plug-in version apparently forgoes the 3.6-liter V6 engine that will be featured in the upcoming Panamera S Hybrid and opts for the 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged 500-horsepower V8 monster that resides between the fenders of the Panamera Turbo. When the aforementioned engine is married to an electric motor, this plug-in’s power could jolt to stratospheric levels. There’s no logic behind dropping a mill like that into a plug-in hybrid, but that’s precisely why this Panamera would be a rare and absolute thrill. Leave it to Porsche to find a way to boost plug-in hybrids into supercar territory.