The Nürburgring lap records might not mean much to you, but Porsche maintains that these attempts are an accurate way to show off a car’s performance. Remember the 918 Spyder and its 6:57 am time in 2013? What about the 911 GT2 RS with a lap time of 6:47 in 2017? Of course, we shouldn’t forget the 919 Hybrid Evo, which holds Ring’s all-time record with an incredible 5:19 time in 2018.
Fast forward to 2020, the Panamera also set a Nürburgring lap record, albeit very specific. It is the Nordschleife’s fastest “company car”, beating the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S in the 20.6 km (12.8 miles) and 20.83 km (12.94 miles) track layouts. . Porsche has now released a full on-board video with the record attempt of 7: 29.81, following last week’s preview video which was just over three minutes long.
Although the Zuffenhausen-based company remains shy about details regarding the car used for the record-breaking race, we do know it’s kind of a Turbo model that you can buy. It goes without saying that the full roll cage and those form-fitting seats are unlikely to be found on the production model, but Porsche mentioned several improvements over the regular Panamera Turbo.
More power is promised compared to the 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) available in today’s Turbo model, as the new version is said to go by the Turbo S name to fall between the Turbo and the Turbo SE, the most upscale. -Hybrid. We could get an idea of how powerful its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine is, as the video opposite shows the car’s power during the Nürburgring race.
As you can see from the screenshots we’ve attached below, we’ve seen the horsepower count rise to 634 PS (625 hp) and the torque soar to 614 lb-ft (832 Nm). In other words, expect a healthy bump compared to the classic Panamera Turbo.
On a related note, Porsche also released a teaser image of the 2021 Panamera to announce that the world premiere is set to take place on August 26. The event will be broadcast live, and Motor1.com we will obviously cover it. Meanwhile, enjoy the on-board video with Porsche test driver Lars Kern showing that even a large, heavy sedan can be relatively agile on a track as tough as the Green Hell.