Porsche finally unveiled the new updated Panamera for the 2021 model year. Panamera was Porsche’s first series sports four-door sedan and catapulted the company into a segment that it previously did not participate in. Later the Sport Turismo wagon was added. Based on the second-generation model, the new car improves on the formula in several key areas, main of which of course is performance.

The base models Panamera and Panamera 4 use the company 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 engine to produce 243kW between 5 400rpm and 6 400rpm, and maximum torque of 450Nm between 1 800rpm and 5 000rpm. Porsche says the Panamera will accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in 5.4 seconds (with Sport Plus) and top off at 270km/h. The Panamera 4 will to the same sprint in 5.1 seconds and stop at 268km/h. Both cars are said to average between 8.6 and 8.8 litres per 100km in fuel consumption.

Higher up the rung is the new Panamera GTS which carries an updated biturbo 4.0-litre V8 worth 353kW at 6 500rpm, as well as 620Nm of torque between 1 800rpm and 4 000rpm. Acceleration from standstill is quoted at 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 300km/h. a new Panamera S E-Hybrid has been added, with a 100kW electric motor and the same 2.9-litre engine found in the other two models. In total it delivers 412kW and 750Nm of torque, a 0 – 100km/h time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 298km/h. Porsche says it can rake up an all-electric range of up to 54km.

Top of the pile is the Panamera Turbo S running the same engine as the GTS, but with added pepper. Maximum power is 463kW at 6 000rpm and torque is 820Nm between 2 300rpm and 4 500rpm. Porsche reckons it will rush off to 100km/h from standstill in just 3.1 seconds, reaching a 315km/h top speed. Just underline its stated “best-in-class” status, the Panamera Turbo S recently lapped the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 29.8 seconds, a new lap record for its class.

Several items – including engine and 8-speed PDK transmission – have contributed to this astonishing performance. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the roll stabilisation system Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), for example, are now specific to each model.

As far as looks are concerned, all models now come with the Sport Design front end which features different air intake grilles, a single bar light module, side cooling openings, a new light strip at the rear, new LED tail lights, new 20 and 21-inch wheels and 10 different exterior colours among others. The GTS has darker tail light clusters, while the Turbo S has larger air intakes up front.

That the new Panamera is a sports car does not mean luxury has been neglected. Therefore comfort levels are higher, thanks to technologies like Night Vision Assist, Park Assist, head-up display and Apple CarPlay among others. Buyers can also specify from a range of leather, Alcantara, wood, carbon fibre and aluminium, as they wish.

Porsche Panamera Prices

Panamera – R1 602 000

Panamera 4 – R1 701 000

Panamera 4 Executive – R1 927 000

Panamera GTS – R2 389 000

Panamera S E-Hybrid – R2 529 000

Panamera Turbo S – R3 253 000

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