Existing since the second half of 2016, the second-gen Panamera still feels quite fresh. However, the increasingly competitive auto industry is forcing all brands to shorten the life cycle of a product and come out with a facelift or next-gen model essentially once every three years or so. For example, Porsche’s sporty liftback is set to receive a mid-cycle update to ensure that the Panamera will stay at the top of its game while fighting off the 4-door GT coupe from AMG.
Although it has not yet been revealed, the 2021 Panamera has already set a new record. It’s a pretty specific car – the fastest executive car on the Nürburgring – but a record nonetheless. The car used for the fast lap was a more powerful version of the Turbo, considered a Turbo S with over 600 horsepower compared to the non-Turbo 550 horsepower. Whether this will be an addition to the lineup or replace the normal model remains to be seen.
As a Porsche first and foremost, we’re not holding our breath for major styling changes, as spy photos have revealed the design team will be playing it safe. Expect subtle changes here and there, but nothing fancy. After seeing the camouflaged prototypes a few times, we have a feeling it’s going to be pretty hard to tell if this is the pre-facelift model or the updated car.
The same goes for the interior, but there will be some changes under the familiar skin. The record car used for the Nordschleife race had more precise steering and an updated electromechanical roll stabilization system. In addition, this possible Turbo S was accompanied by new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires developed specifically for the model that will be offered as an option. Chassis modifications have also been promised with Porsche adding body control and cornering stability is better than before.
The livestream will begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT / 1:00 p.m. GMT. We hope to see the station wagon (Sport Turismo) make its debut alongside the standard Panamera liftback.