Porsche is set to give the Panamera a mid-cycle update to keep it fresh and competitive as it takes on the Mercedes-AMG GT 63. Zuffenhausen Seers kick off the teaser campaign by announcing a new derivative hot performance sedan. a (very) specific record at the Nürburgring on July 24. Quoting the press release, it is the “fastest four-door Porsche sedan in the” company car “category.
Panamera’s record was long in coming, with the first reports of the so-called “Lion” version in 2019. The alleged time of 7:10 am is too optimistic because the official time certified by an independent expert witness is 7 minutes and 29.81 seconds. Porsche says it suffices to set a new record for a production model in the “company car” category.
It is certainly not the fastest four-door sedan in the Green Hell, with the AMG GT 63 S driving the famous German circuit in 7:25, 41. Jaguar with its die-hard XE SV Project 8 crossed the finish line in 7: 18.36, but some would argue that it is not a legitimate record holder since it only had two seats. The front-wheel drive Lynk & Co 03 Cyan with a time of 7: 20.1 is also worth to mention, even if it was just a concept.
Returning to the handy Panamera, it cut about 13 seconds of the Panamera Turbo’s lap time achieved in 2016. Test driver Lars Kern got behind the wheel of the fast sedan in both cases, the difference being that the new performance was achieved on the complete Nürburgring Nordschleife measuring 20.83 kilometers (12.94 miles). Four years ago, the lap was on a slightly shorter 20.6 km (12.8 miles) course that did not include some 200 meter (656 feet) section of track.
While Porsche is not yet willing to say the same about the car’s technical specifications, we have some preliminary details. The Panamera received chassis and engine upgrades, as well as a reworked electromechanical roll stabilization system and new bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that will be available as an option. The new spicy derivative will have more power and more precise steering, with Porsche claiming that body control and cornering stability have also been improved.
The official reveal is expected to take place at the end of the month, when we find out if this is an improved Panamera Turbo or a new member (Turbo S?) Of the already extended lineup.
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In closing, we’ll remind you that Porsche’s other sedan – the fully electric Taycan – circled the Nürburgring in the shorter configuration in an impressive 7:42.
P.S. The Panamera is technically a sedan or a sedan if you prefer, but the vast majority of people – including Porsche – describe it as a sedan.