The Turismo comes in a few different flavours, including a 4.0-litre V8 diesel, and an enormously powerful twin-turbocharged petrol V8 Turbo. In between, you also have a couple of V6 petrol options as well as a plug-in hybrid to choose from. The diesel-powered car is the best real-world option. As well as being impressively quiet, the negligible vibration, reasonable running costs, and immense low- and mid-range power make extremely light work of the Turismo’s substantial weight. With a 0-60 sprint time identical to that of a BMW M3, if you need more performance than that, you may want to seek counselling.
Next to the diesels' effortless performance, the 4 E-Hybrid feels a bit flat. In electric-only mode, the acceleration is strong enough to get you out of most tricky urban driving situations, and Porsche promises a 31-mile range at speeds up to 86mph using battery power alone. Once the petrol engine kicks in, the scenery starts to blur more intensely, but the power delivery never feels as effortless as that of the diesel. As for the twin-turbo V8, let’s just say that, by any stretch of the imagination, it's phenomenally fast. Blessed with prodigious torque and a willingness to rev hard and fast, it fires the Turismo towards the horizon with truly spectacuar haste.
All Turismos come with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard and it's one of the best gearboxes of its type. With rapid responses, it hooks up the demands of your right foot without the slightest delay, yet it’s extremely smooth, with only the odd jolt as it changes down a gear to betray the fact that it’s not the type of slushy full automatic gearbox that you usually find in cars at this price.