We knew it was only a matter of time before the 2021 Panamera arrived and now it’s finally here! A lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same but these much needed updates have given the facelifted Panamera the competitive edge that it had back when it was first revealed in 2017.
All cars have received an updated exterior design along with new wheel options to spice up the already beautiful design of the Panamera. On the inside, all models receive an updated version of Porsche’s steering wheel design (similar to the Porsche Taycan’s steering wheel) along with an updated version of Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Standard safety features also include lane keep assist along with traffic sign recognition.
Panamera and Panamera 4 Models
Though there is no word on the 2021 Panamera S and 4S models, the base Panamera and Panamera 4 now come with the 2.9 liter twin turbo V6 found in the new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid (more on that in a bit). Both cars now make 325 horsepower which is actually 5 hp less than last year’s base models. Despite this both models, are still slightly faster to 60 mph than their predecessors and have a slightly higher top speed.
Panamera 4S Hybrid Models
Since their inception, the Panamera hybrid models really haven’t been taken seriously. They were too heavy and for all except the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, they didn’t have that much power either. All that has changed for 2021 as the 2021 Panamera 4S E-Hybrid and 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo feature a 27% improvement in battery capacity.
Now, that seems cool and all but why make such a big fuss, it’s just another heavy hybrid, right? Wrong. The 2021 Panamera 4S E-Hybrid now makes a combined output of 552 hp and 553 lb/ft of torque! That’s more power than last year’s Panamera Turbo. The new hybrid rockets to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds before topping out at 182 mph.
Panamera GTS Models
The power boost affects the Panamera GTS models as well. Both the GTS and GTS Sport Turismo received a 20 hp increase from their 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engines. The new GTS models can reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at 187 mph which is astonishing their relatively “low” horsepower numbers.
Panamera Turbo S Models
Yes, you read that right, it’s not Panamera Turbo, not Turbo S E-Hybrid. Ladies and Gentlemen, for the first time since 2016, we have a Panamera Turbo S. So far, there has been no mention of a Panamera Turbo model or a Turbo S E-Hybrid model (this will likely be the new flagship Panamera “Lion”), and to me, it really doesn’t matter, this is the Panamera I would take.
Powered by a-you guessed it-4.0 liter twin turbo V8, the new Panamera Turbo S cranks out a menacing 620 hp and 604 lb/ft of torque. 60 mph comes in just 2.9 seconds with launch control which is 0.3 seconds faster than the monstrous, 677 hp, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and a whopping 0.5 seconds faster than the outgoing Panamera Turbo. The new Panamera Turbo S tops out at 196 mph which is also faster than both the outgoing Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models.
The Turbo S also features its own, unique front fascia design along with a new steering wheel and loads more standard features. Let’s not forget that this is also the world’s fastest executive car around the Nurburgring and should send shivers down the spines of the BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63, and the Mercedes AMG GT63S.
Pricing and deliveries should come in early 2021. Hopefully by that time Porsche will announce a 2 door version of the Panamera aka a new Porsche 928 which is still under consideration according to the Panamera’s product line chief, Thomas Friemuth.
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