The Porsche Panamera facelift comes with more power and updated exterior design

The second-generation Porsche Panamera was unveiled in 2016, so 2020 is the perfect time for a mid-cycle facelift. Porsche just unveiled the updated Panamera with extensive changes on the outside, a mildly upgraded interior, and a couple of new engines. Porsche also changed a couple of trim designations, replacing the old Turbo with a Turbo S model.

The 2021 Porsche Panamera looks sportier across the board

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The updated Panamera remains a familiar sight, but Porsche made the SportDesign fascia standard for all models.

This means that all trim levels look a bit sportier now without having to open your wallet for an optional package. However, Porsche created a new SportDesign package just in case you want to take things up a notch. This bundle is available with or without carbon-fiber elements.

Arguably the most critical change beyond the SportDesign fascia is the continuous light strip in the rear. This feature comes straight from the latest-generation 911 and turns the taillights into a thin light bar that stretches the entire width of the rear fascia. The rear end also sports a revised diffuser with new fins.

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The Turbo S model comes with larger air intakes in the front, as well as a unique headlamp lighting signature. The sporty GTS trim continues to feature Satin Black details and wheels, tinted taillights, and black lettering and model designations. All trims are available with new 20- and 21-inch wheels. Porsche also introduced two new colors: Cherry Red Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic.

The 2021 Porsche Panamera remains about the same inside the cabin

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Porsche didn’t go through too much trouble to upgrade the interior, but this isn’t an issue given that the Panamera was already one of the most comfortable, modern, and luxurious vehicles in its niche.

Upgrades are limited to a new steering wheel for all trims, as well as an updated GT Sport wheel wrapped in leather for the new Turbo S. This steering wheel is optional for the non-Turbo models.

The German sedan continues to feature the big 12.3-inch touchscreen with extensive connectivity features and multi-function seats for all models. The hybrids come with eight-way adjustable seats, while the Turbo S model features 14-way adjustable comfort seats. The GTS comes with sportier seats that are 18-way adjustable. The new Turbo S model is also fitted with a 14-speaker, 710-watt audio system from Bose.

The 2021 Porsche Panamera brings new engines and Turbo S model

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Porsche made substantial changes under the hood, starting with a new engine for the base model.

Previously powered by a single-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6, the entry-level Panamera now features a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 mill.

The new engine cranks out 325 horsepower, a five-horsepower decrease compared to the old model, but this engine is supposed to be more efficient. It’s just as quick, needing 5.3 seconds to hit 60 mph, but top speed is up from 163 to 168 mph.

2021 Porsche Panamera V-6 specifications
Design and cylinders Twin-turbocharged V6
Displacement 2.9 l
Max. power 325 hp @ 5,400 - 6,400 rpm
Max. torque 331 lb-ft @ 1,800 - 5,000 rpm
Top track speed 168 mph
0 - 60 mph 5.3 s
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 5.1 s
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The Panamera Turbo model was discontinued to make way for the Turbo S. This trim features the familiar twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine, but with changes to the crankshaft, connecting rods, timing chain drive, and torsional vibration dampers, as well as new fuel injectors and reduced compression ratio.

These upgrades make the engine generate 620 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, an extra 70 horses and 36 pound-feet over the outgoing Turbo model.

The Turbo S hits 60 mph in 2.9 seconds with Launch Control, a half-second quicker than the old Turbo. Top speed also increased from 190 to 196 mph.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S specifications
Engine Twin-turbocharged V8
Displacement 4.0 l
Max. power 620 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Max. torque 604 lb-ft @ 2,300 - 4,500 rpm
Top track speed 196 mph
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 2.9 s
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The Panamera GTS continues with the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, but power is up in the model too. Previously rated at 453 horsepower, the GTS now comes with 473 horses on tap. Torque remains locked at 457 pound-feet. Porsche says this model also features retuned throttle calibration "to resemble the responsiveness and finesse of a naturally aspirated engine."

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS specifications
Engine Twin-turbocharged V8
Displacement 4.0 l
Max. power 473 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Max. torque 457 lb-ft @ 1,800 - 4,000 rpm
Top track speed 186 mph
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 3.7 s
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Finally, Porsche replaced the 4 E-Hybrid model with the 4S E-Hybrid trim. It features the same 2.9-liter V-6 and electric motor layout as its predecessor, but it’s significantly more powerful. Specifically, total output is now 552 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, up from 462 horses and 516 pound-feet of twist. The hybrid sprints to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, a full second quicker than the old model, and charges up to 185 mph - 12 mph more than the previous version. In short, its performance is similar to the outgoing Panamera Turbo.

2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid specifications
Engine Twin-turbocharged V6
Displacement 2.9 l
Max. power 443 hp @ 5,750 - 6,600 rpm
Max. engine speed 6,800 rpm
Max. torque 405 lb-ft @ 1,900 - 5,750 rpm
Max. power electric motor 134 hp
Max. torque electric motor 295 lb-ft
Max. power combined 552 hp
Max. torque combined 553 lb-ft
Top track speed 185 mph
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 3.5 s

Porsche also added a new battery with 27-percent larger capacity, up to 17.9 kWh from 14.1, and recalibrated the drive modes to enhance both performance and efficiency. These changes likely apply to the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid too.

The 2021 Porsche Panamera goes on sale early next year

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The revised Panamera will go on sale in early 2021, while U.S. deliveries will begin in Spring 2021. Pricing information is not yet available, but expect premium across the board. The outgoing model starts from $87,200 in base trim, $129,300 in GTS trim, and from $153,000 in Turbo trim. The hybrids come in at $103,800 before options.

The 2021 Porsche Panamera is available in three body styles

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You can buy the Panamera in the same three body styles as the outgoing model. There’s the familiar five-door liftback (some would call it a sedan), the Executive model with the longer wheelbase, and the Sport Turismo, a five-door station wagon/shooting brake.

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Blending impressive performance with superior comfort, the Porsche Panamera is significantly enhanced and redesigned for the 2021 model year. Further improving performance was a key priority, and several new powertrains reflect that.

Featuring changes to the crankshaft, connecting rods, timing chain drive and torsional vibration dampers, as well as new fuel injectors and a reduced compression ratio, an uprated 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 making 620 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft. of torque is at the heart of the new Panamera Turbo S model, which replaces the previous Panamera Turbo (550 hp and 567 lb.-ft.).

This new engine enables the Panamera Turbo S sedan 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), 0.5 seconds quicker than the previous Panamera Turbo models. All Panamera Turbo S models reach a top track speed of 196 mph.

The twin-turbo V8 in the sporty Panamera GTS (473 hp and 457 lb.-ft.) benefits from a 20 hp increase compared to the previous model, and its throttle calibration is tuned to resemble the responsiveness and finesse of a naturally aspirated engine even more closely.

At the same time, Porsche is expanding its hybrid offering with a new plug-in hybrid model for the Panamera model range; the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. An electric motor paired with a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 engine results in a system power of 552 hp and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid sedan can reach 60 mph using Launch Control in 3.5 seconds, and has a top track speed of 185 mph – offering similar performance to the previous 550 hp Panamera Turbo. For the 2021 model year, all Panamera E-Hybrid models now feature a 27 percent larger hybrid battery capacity (up to 17.9 kWh from 14.1 kWh previously) as well as recalibrated drive modes to maximize the performance and efficiency of the powertrain. The standard Panamera models now feature a 2.9 liter twin-turbo engine making 325 hp, replacing the previous 3.0 liter single-turbo unit.

Subtle updates enhance styling of 2021 Panamera models
The new generation of Panamera is characterized by a number of styling updates. All Panamera models now feature the SportDesign front fascia (previously optional) as standard, further sharpening the front design of the car. A redesigned SportDesign package, either with or without carbon fiber, will be available as an upgrade. A new continuous light strip spreads out across the rear of the car, seamlessly connecting the two tail lights, while the lower rear fascia sports new diffuser fins. A new 20-inch wheel design and two new 21-inch wheel designs are available.

The Panamera GTS stands out with an updated front and rear SportDesign fascia in Satin Black, along with the GTS-specific Satin Black 20-inch Panamera Design wheels and Exclusive Design tinted taillights, as well as black lettering and model designations. Standard on the GTS, the Sport Exhaust System has been designed to emphasize the emotional rumble of the V8 engine and is available on the Panamera Turbo S.

Underscoring their impressive performance figures, the new Panamera Turbo S variants are fitted with a model-specific front fascia that features larger air intakes and new Turbo S-specific front light signature.

As before, most powertrains are offered in the sedan, Sport Turismo, and Executive body styles, the latter providing a particularly extensive amount of rear seat room due to its 5.9 inch longer wheelbase. Also of note, two new colors – Cherry Red Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic.

Interior with a high degree of comfort and connectivity
The interior of the new Panamera has also been updated with a newly-designed 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. Following the GTS tradition, the GT Sport steering wheel, along with many other interior areas of the Panamera GTS, are covered in Race-Tex .

Panamera and Panamera 4S E-Hybrid models come standard with 8-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with driver memory package, while the Turbo S models are equipped with 14-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory. Appropriate to its performance and enthusiast-focused nature, the Panamera GTS comes standard with 18-way electrically adjustable adaptive sport seats. Both the 14-way comfort seats and 18-way adaptive sport seats are optional on other Panamera models.

The center console features the familiar 12.3 inch center touchscreen, and continues to offer extensive connectivity including online-navigation, real-time traffic information and a Wifi hotspot. The Panamera Turbo S is also fitted with a 14-speaker, 710 watt BOSE ® Surround Sound System with separate subwoofer as standard (optional on other Panamera models), while a 21-speaker, 1,455 watt Burmester 3D High-End Surround System with an active 400 watt subwoofer can be optionally ordered for all variants.

Recalibrated chassis systems, a new generation of tires and powerful brakes
The latest Panamera has been fine-tuned specifically for each model; from sharp and composed on the standard model to performance-focused on the GTS and Turbo S. Standard on every Panamera, the adjustable Porsche Active Suspension Management system features an updated calibration for its adaptive dampers, resulting in a further increase in ride quality. The steering is also recalibrated to sharpen feedback and further increase responsiveness.

Matching its impressive engine performance, the Panamera Turbo S is fitted with the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport roll-stabilization system (PDCC Sport), PTV Plus (Porsche Torque Vectoring), rear axle steering, 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels, and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as standard, all of which can be optionally ordered on other Panamera models. The PCCB rotors on the Panamera Turbo S measure 420 mm in front and 410 mm in the rear, and are fitted with yellow or black brake calipers based on customer request.

Working in harmony with all of these updated systems is a new generation of tires that offer both increased grip and lower rolling resistance compared to the previous generation. For the first time, an Ultra High Performance Summer tire is available on Panamera models that allows all of the chassis and suspension systems to work at its highest level of capability.

Extensive available assistance features
All 2021 Panamera models are now equipped with Lane Keep Assist including Traffic Sign Recognition as standard. Using a camera, the system detects divider line markings on the road and aids the driver to stay in lane by making corrective steering inputs (active at speeds above 40 mph). Traffic Sign Recognition also uses a camera and navigation data to detect road signs, and displays them in the instrument cluster. Like the previous model, the new Panamera can optionally be further equipped with a host of assistance systems, including a head-up display, Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Surround View, and Porsche InnoDrive with Adaptive Cruise Control.

Pricing and availability
The 2021 Panamera models will be available to order starting early next year, and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealers in the course of Spring 2021. Pricing will be announced once order availability starts.

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