The all-new 2021 Porsche Panamera has set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for the executive-class cars, a category that also includes the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the BMW 7-series.
“The new Panamera, which is said to be a powerful 620-hp Turbo S model, lapped the 12.9-mile course with a time of 7:29.81 and had Porsche test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel.”
However, this does not make the Panamera the fastest four-door around the Green Hell as the title goes to the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which lapped the 12.9-mile course with a time of 7:23.164 in 2019. But the Jag is in the midrange class, which includes cars such as the BMW 3-series and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Another executive-class car, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, lapped the course in 7:30.11 in 2018. These lap times reflect the now official 12.94-mile course, which was mandated last year by the ‘Ring in order to set a record. Prior to that, some manufacturers would set times on a 12.8-mile lap.
Porsche has only revealed a few technical specs of the new Panamera, including that most models will have a slight increase in power (the top Turbo S E-Hybrid will reach the 700-hp barrier), and will get enhancements to its cornering stability, body control, steering, and chassis. The car that set the record was also equipped with Porsche’s active anti-roll bars and new sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, which will be optional at launch, as well as a racing seat and a safety cage.
The 2021 Panamera is scheduled to make its official debut later this month and should have a price tag at just under $90,000.