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Auto review: Porsche's Panamera E-Hybrid isn't going to solve global warming. But it's a fast, nimble performer

One of my wisecracking friends, always ready with a snarky remark, smirked as I drove up in the new Panamera E-Hybrid. "Congratulations," he said. "You're reversing global climate change, one Porsche at a time, by driving a plug-in hybrid."

He was missing the point. The E-Hybrid, particularly the turbocharged version I was driving, is not about the environment. It's about performance.

Though it's disguised as a family car, and advertised as a fuel-efficient plug-in, the true character of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo emerges when the car is in hybrid or sport mode and the accelerator is stomped.

That engages

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