• Porsche Panamera Turbo Facelift Goes For Nurburgring Record

The Panamera Turbo could become the quickest four-door on the ’Ring for the second time

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An updated version of the current-generation Porsche Panamera Turbo is underway, and it seems that the German carmaker wants to introduce it with a new Nurburgring record. Our paparazzi spotted a slightly camouflaged version of the sedan doing laps on the ’Ring with Porsche taking on-track photos. This suggests a publicity stunt for the upcoming Panamera, but there’s no indication of how quick the new sedan is. However, rumors from last year say that the Panamera Turbo lapped the Nordschleife in seven minutes and 11 seconds, which is a new record for four-door vehicles.

Porsche wants to recapture the record after three years

Porsche Panamera Turbo Facelift Goes For Nurburgring Record Exterior Spyshots
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This isn’t the first time when Porsche went to the ’Ring to prove that the Panamera Turbo is the fastest four-door out there.

Back in 2017, when the second-gen Panamera was new, the Turbo version lapped the iconic German track in 7:38 minutes.

But the record didn’t survive for long, as Alfa Romeo clocked 7:32 minutes with the Giulia Quadrifoglio later that years. Since then, three more cars posted better times. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 lapped the track in 7:21 minutes in 2018, while BMW scored a 7:35-minute lap with the M5 Competition in 2019. Mercedes also used theAMG GT 63 S four-door coupe to get close to Jaguar’s record with a 7:25-minute lap in 2019.

Quickest four-doors around Nurburgring
2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo 7:38
2019 BMW M5 Competition 7:35.9
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 7:32
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 7:25.41
2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 7:21.23
Porsche Panamera Turbo Facelift Goes For Nurburgring Record Exterior Spyshots
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In order to hold the record again after three years, the Panamera Turbo needs to lap the Nurburgring in less than 7:21 minutes. This means that the updated sedan has to be some 18 seconds quicker than the outgoing model.

However, if last year's rumors are true that the upgraded Panamera Turbo lapped the 'Ring in 7:11 minutes, the facelifted sedan will be an impressive 27 seconds faster.

Should Porsche score an official 7:11-minute time, the Panamera Turbo will become the fastest four-door sedan on the ’Ring by a whopping 10 seconds. While this benchmark is no match for the current record holder overall, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at 6:44.97 minutes, the Panamera Turbo will be quicker than full-fledged sports cars like the Dodge Viper ACR, Porsche 911 GT3, Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06, and even the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The updated Porsche Panamera Turbo could boasts almost 600 horsepower

Porsche Panamera Turbo Facelift Goes For Nurburgring Record Exterior Spyshots
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The facelifted version of the Panamera Turbo will most likely arrive with a mild-hybrid drivetrain that will continue to feature the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine. The outgoing model benefits from 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, so the facelift model could hit the market with around 580 horses and more than 600 pound-feet of twist. The extra oomph and the electric power would justify a 27-second faster lap on the Nurburgring.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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