Last month, photographers captured the mysterious Porsche Panamera Turbo passing through its track in the Nürburgring, which has re-broadcast rumors that Porsche is trying to set a new record on the famous German racing circuit, but it is now official.
Prior to the car’s debut, Porsche announced the release of a camouflaged series production of the updated Panamera Turbo 2021, flying the Nürburgring in seven minutes and 29.81 seconds, setting a new record for executive cars. This was faster than the Mercedes AMG GT 63 S, which snapped the track in 7: 30.11 seconds.
“Improvements to the bodywork and powertrain of the new Panamera have always been noticeable during turns on what is known to be the most demanding race track in the world,” says Lars Kern, Porsche test driver.
With test driver Lars Kane behind the wheel, the German circuit record course was completed on July 24, 2020. The only record-breaking modifications to the Panamera were a racing seat and a skater cage to protect the driver. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires developed specifically for the new Panamera have also been fitted and will be optionally available when the car goes on sale.
Porsche has confirmed that the new 2021 Panamera Turbo will make its debut later this month. However, the powertrain details are still unknown, but sources claim that the 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo will be offered with a new 630-hp S engine. That’s a massive improvement over the current Porsche Panamera Turbo, which delivers 550 hp and 567 lb-ft from the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.