The 2021 Porsche Panamera has recently set a new “executive class” record at the Nürburgring in its new Turbo S guise. The model, which has been designed to replace the previous Turbo, has a more powerful twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V-8 that has 620 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque under its belt.
“The German manufacturer even claims that it’ll reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.”
The Turbo was also powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V-8, but that engine was good for 550 horses. Porsche has tweaked the 2021 Turbo S 4.0-liter’s crankshaft, connecting rods, and fuel injectors and reduced the compression ratio to make the additional power which helps the Turbo S reach a top speed of 196 mph. For the 2021 model year, the standard Panamera swaps out the previous turbo 3.0-liter V-6 for a 325-hp version of the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V-6 that powered the previous 4S model. The GTS model’s twin-turbo V-8 also received a 20-hp increase to 473 horsepower, and there’s also a new 552-hp 4S E-Hybrid model powered by the twin-turbo V-6 in conjunction with an electric motor and a 17.9-kWh battery pack.
“Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system with adaptive dampers will also come standard on every 2021 Panamera.”
The stronger Turbo S adds active anti-roll bars, rear-axle steering, and carbon-ceramic brakes. The marque is also allowing customers to choose between yellow or black brake callipers and this option too will be available on the other Panamera models. Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which were equipped on the ‘Ring record-breaking car, are available on the Turbo S and should be available on the GTS model too.
All 2021 Panameras will come equipped with the previous model year’s SportDesign front end, which includes blacked-out air intakes that were previously a $5660 option on the standard Panamera. The Turbo S has larger air intakes and a unique headlight signature. The SportDesign package, a new addition for 2021, can be had with or without carbon-fibre touches.
“The continuous taillight is bolder on the 2021 cars, much like that on the new Macan.”
There are two new 20- and 21-inch wheel choices and new Cherry Red and Truffle Brown exterior colours. Additionally, a new, louder sport exhaust is standard on the GTS and available on the Turbo S.
The standard Panamera and the new 4S E-Hybrid are also fitted with eight-way adjustable seats, the Turbo S gets 14-way seats with memory, and the GTS model comes with 18-way adaptive sport seats. The 14- and 18-way seats are available on the lower trim levels as well. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is standard across the board, and the Turbo S gets a 14-speaker Bose sound system, while a 21-speaker Burmester system is available on all models. A GT Sport steering wheel with leather-wrapped paddle shifters is equipped on the Turbo S, and the GTS’s GT Sport steering wheel is covered in Porsche’s suede-like material.
Orders for the 2021 Porsche Panamera will open at the start of 2021, and they’ll arrive in dealerships in the spring. Pricing is expected to start at just under $90,000 and top out at over $150,000 for the Turbo S.