In recent weeks, Ford Authority has spotted FoMoCo benchmarking a wide variety of vehicles, including the new Toyota Tundra, Toyota Supra, Chevy Corvette Z06, GMC Hummer EV, and Polestar 2. Benchmarking is, of course, a common practice in the automotive industry, one that enables automakers to take a closer look at what their competition is up to. However, the latest vehicle Ford Authority has spotted being benchmarked by The Blue Oval near its Dearborn campus is a rather interesting one – the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is wearing the tell-tale yellow Ford inventory sticker.
There was a time, not terribly long ago, when the mere idea of a four-door Porsche sent fans into a frenzy, but the Panamera has been on sale for over a decade at this point. Many variants have followed, including the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is a plug-in hybrid that effectively serves as a range-topping model. However, unlike many hybrids, the electric power assist present in this sedan is more for performance than saving the planet.
Packing a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with electric assist underhood, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid churns out a combined 690 horsepower and 641 pound-feet of torque, which enables it to rocket to 60 miles-per-hour in 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 196 miles-per-hour. As one might imagine, that kind of performance comes at a cost, and the ultimate Porsche sedan (save for the Taycan Turbo S, that is), starts out at a rather lofty $196,000.
It’s unclear why Ford – which no longer sells sedans in North America – would be benchmarking this rather pricey sports car, but it’s possible that the automaker could be merely taking a closer look at its hybrid system. After all, Ford intends to continue to build and sell hybrids for the foreseeable future, even as it invests $50 billion with a goal of producing two million EVs annually by 2026.
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