Update: A representative from Porsche responded to our request for confirmation, saying the company does not “comment on potential development plans or potential future products.” That’s not exactly a categorical denial, but it doesn’t eliminate the mystery of the fast sedan, either.
Porsche may have just set a Nürburgring lap record for sedans, using the massaged and tweaked Panamera “Lion”. As we reported last year, the Lion is a leaner, more powerful (and officially unconfirmed) version of the Porsche Panamera Turbo, and our sources say Green Hell’s lap record could have been claimed. for sedans with a time of 7 minutes and 11 seconds. .
Apparently, at the end of a normal manufacturer’s day at the Nürburgring, rumors started to circulate that Porsche was there with an official timekeeper and a notary, as well as the same stripped-down and camouflaged Panamera we’ve seen before. According to our sources, the company took a cool ride to do car-to-car photography (likely for press and promotional reasons), and it was on this tour that spy photographers got a closer look at the mighty Porsche.
Of course, the company has been pretty low-key about its presence at the Nürburgring that day, and representatives have yet to respond to our requests for comment – we’ll update this article as soon as they do. But given the commotion on the track, we expect an official announcement sooner or later.
Details of the so-called Lion are thin on the ground. This bundle of photos doesn’t reveal much, although we can clearly make out some intercoolers behind the front grille openings. The Panamera rides on 21-inch SportDesign wheels with a mat pattern, and yellow brake calipers suggest the company’s carbon-ceramic brake system. A racing harness and bucket seat appear behind the wheel.
Previous reports suggest this Panamera could boast 750 horsepower (559 kilowatts) from its gasoline-only engine, likely a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 similar to that of the 550-horsepower (410 kW) Panamera Turbo. Reinforced and secured with a protective cage, the Lion is also said to have lost 550 pounds as part of his fitness program, bringing his weight to just over 4,000 pounds.
We also wondered if Porsche had kept its interior intact, as we think stopping a sedan lap record in a stripped-down two-seat hatchback would be a bit of a cheat. Hopefully the company has given it at least four racing seats so the whole family can enjoy the scenic surroundings of the Nordschleife.