Porsche’s uber-sedan gets a mid-career nip and tuck

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It’s been a busy past month for the Porsche Panamera. Porsche’s sporty sedan lapped the Nürburgring in 7:29.81, claiming the executive class lap record, occasion that also marked the debut of the revised 2021 model.

New for 2021 in the Panamera stable is the 4S E-Hybrid cranking out 552 horsepower as well as the hotter, 620-horsepower Panamera Turbo S. It’s the latter we’ll be discussing today.

Is it different on the outside?

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A little. The Sport Design package is now standard, and it brings tweaked air intakes and larger side vents, as well as a redesigned headlight clusters for the Turbo S, where the four light points are set further apart from each other.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Exterior
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What’s more, the rear light strip now runs uninterrupted over the luggage compartment, connecting the rear LED light clusters. GTS models get darkened taillights, but it’s not the case for the Turbo S.

Tell me more about those 620 horses

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Packing the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 found in the Panamera Turbo and Cayenne Turbo, the Turbo S flavour benefits from quite a hefty power upgrade. While the Turbo made do with 550 horsepower, the Turbo S gets a beefed-up stable of 620 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque.

That’s enough to send the saloon from 0 to 100 kph in 3.1 seconds (0-60 mph in about 2.9 seconds) and further away to a top speed of 315 kph (195 mph).
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All these changes were triggered by modding the crankshaft, connecting rods, and fuel injectors. The compression ratio was also reduced. Not that we expected anything less from Porsche.

To pave the way for such performance, the Panamera Turbo S uses a three-chamber air suspension setup, the carmaker’s PASM active suspension management and PDCC Sport – or Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control which also integrates a torque vectoring mechanism known as PTV Plus.

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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

Any new additions inside the cabin?

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Well, not exactly. There are some tweaks on the tech front, though, in the sense that the Porsche Communication Management setup (read: infotainment) adds Voice Pilot online voice control, Risk Radar (live info on road signs and potential hazards), and wireless Apple CarPlay.

For the record, the existing multimedia setup inside the Panamera pretty much aces everything in terms of interface, ease of use, graphics, and readability, so there was no point in fiddling with something that’s perfectly functional.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Interior
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That said, some features that used to be on the options list are not standard:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Porsche Inno Drive
  • Night Vision Assist
  • Lane Change Assist
  • LED Matrix headlights
  • Park Assist
  • Surround View
  • Head-up display

When can I get it and for how much?

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Well, you can order now, but Porsche won’t start shipping the revised Turbo S earlier than mid-October in Europe and spring of 2021 in the U.S. There’s no word on price, however, expect a sticker of at least $150,000 for the Turbo S and around $90,000 for the base model.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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