The current Porsche Panamera has been around since 2017. By luxury car standards, it’s getting pretty old. It’s no surprise that it’s getting a facelift for the 2021 model year. With that facelift comes, along with other things, a new Panamera Turbo.
And it just so happens that this new, facelifted Panamera Turbo is now the world’s fastest executive car around the infamous Nurburgring, not surprising at all. On July 24, a camouflaged series production version of the car ran a 7 minute, 29.81 second lap around the Nurburgring, beating out the previous record holder, the Mercedes AMG GT 63S by a rather small 0.3 seconds. Porsche test driver Lars Kern was behind the wheel.
Lars Kern mentioned how the new setup of Porsche’s PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control) system was “consistently effective” and provided the new Panamera with “incredible stability in spite of the bumpy track surface.” The car also came equipped with a brand new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires developed specifically for the new super sedan which helped the car reach unbelievable cornering speeds.
Also, keep in mind that the new car lapped the Nurburgring roughly 13 seconds faster than the old Panamera Turbo back in 2016. This new lap record places the 2021 Panamera Turbo-a four door luxury sedan-in 991.1 911 GT3 territory; not bad at all.
Despite the record breaking lap, we still don’t know what’s powering the new Panamera Turbo since it hasn’t officially been revealed yet. It’s almost certain though that it’ll be powered by an updated version of Porsche’s infamous 4.0 liter twin turbo V8, and expect a power output of at least 600 hp (the old Panamera Turbo made 550 hp).
This makes me very curious since what we saw was just the base Turbo model. I wonder if Porsche will be replacing the current Turbo S E-Hybrid with the new Panamera “Lion” we’ve seen testing that’s rumored to have around 800 hp. Only time will tell.
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