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Quick: name a car with over 400 horsepower.

Did you immediately think of an electric-hybrid?  If the German automaker’s plans for the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept come true, the future of sports cars and fuel-efficient hybrids will be one in the same.

Revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the impressive Panamera Sport Turismo pairs a 333-horsepower V6 with an otherworldly 95-horsepower lithium-ion electric motor – twice the output of the electric motors currently found in the Panamera and Cayenne hybrids.  In an example of science fiction-turned-reality, this 416-horsepower combined system propels the Panamera Sport Turismo’s bold, elegant body to a blistering 0-60 miles per hour time of under six seconds, according to AutoGuide.

Even with all that power, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo still breaks new ground in terms of efficiency.  With its plug-in electric motor and V6 gasoline engine working together, Porsche’s concept can reach as high as 67 miles per gallon, and can travel as far as 18 miles at 80 miles per hour on stored electric power alone – efficiency numbers that are practically unrivaled in any class.

In terms of styling, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept looks roughly like a cross between its namesake Panamera and the sophisticated Cayenne, with sleek lines, a low, aggressive profile, and four doors.  In a showing of bravado with which only an iconic manufacturer like Porsche can get away, the concept model on the Paris show floor was equipped with lime-green brake calipers. 

With all that flair and the backing of one of Germany’s most beloved brands, the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is certain to impress when it enters production, although that will not likely be until 2014.

In the interim, Porsche of Tucson carries a wide range of luxurious, powerful Porsche models, including the prior mentioned Cayenne.  Visit your Arizona Porsche Dealer online or in-person to learn more about what the finest German imports can do for you.