Porsche has revealed the revised 2021 Panamera range. While there are subtle styling updates across the lineup, the most significant change for 2021 is the addition of a Turbo S variant with an enhanced powertrain.
Replacing the previous Panamera Turbo, the new Turbo S is powered by an uprated 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 making 620 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft. of torque. These figures represent a significant bump in output compared to the outgoing Turbo (550 hp and 567 lb.-ft.).
This new engine enables the Panamera Turbo S saloon and Sport Turismo models to run from 0 to 60 mph, using Launch Control, in 2.9 seconds (3.0 seconds for the Panamera Turbo S Executive). This is only a marginal 0.5 seconds quicker than the previous Panamera Turbo models though. All Panamera Turbo S models reach a top track speed of 196 mph.
The twin-turbo V8 in the Panamera GTS now gets a 20 horsepower bump, churning out 473 hp and 457 lb.-ft. Porsche says the model’s throttle calibration has been tuned to mimic the responsiveness of a naturally aspirated engine. The standard Panamera models now feature a 2.9 litre twin-turbo engine making 325 hp, replacing the previous 3.0 litre single-turbo unit.
The Panamera range now gets an enhanced hybrid offering with a new plug-in hybrid model; the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. An electric motor paired with a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 engine results in a system power of 552 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid saloon can reach 60 mph using Launch Control in 3.5 seconds, and has a top track speed of 185 mph.
For the 2021 model year, all Panamera E-Hybrid models feature a 27 per cent larger hybrid battery capacity (up to 17.9 kWh from 14.1 kWh previously) as well as recalibrated drive modes to optimise performance and efficiency of the powertrain.
All Panamera models now feature the SportDesign front fascia (previously optional) as standard, further sharpening the front design of the car. The rear gets a continuous light strip that connects the two taillights, while the lower rear sports new diffuser fins.
The new Panamera’s interior has also been updated for 2021 with a redesigned multifunction Sport steering wheel with shift paddles. The Panamera Turbo S comes standard with a new GT Sport steering wheel with shift paddles wrapped in leather, and is optional on other Panamera models.
The 2021 Panamera models will be available to order starting early next year, and are expected to arrive at dealerships by mid-2021. Pricing will be announced once order availability starts.