Does it really matter it’s no longer the quickest sedan on the Nürburgring?
When Porsche introduced the second-generation Panamera a couple of months ago, it was very proud to talk about how the Turbo version was the fastest production sedan to lap the Nordschleife. The range-topping model managed to complete the lap in seven minutes and 38 seconds, thus on par with proper performance vehicles such as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera and the Lexus LFA. Since then, it has lost the sedan Ring king title to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which has managed to improve the record by six seconds. But, at the end of the day, does it really matter? Only for bragging rights.
How many people will actually take the Panamera Turbo to the Nurburgring and go all out on the challenging track? Very few, we’d say. The Leipzig-built sedan is all about providing a blend of luxury and performance in a fairly practical package, so it ticks almost all of the boxes of a dream car. In addition, the second generation has brought the much-needed styling improvements, further boosting the model’s appeal. These latest videos are showing the flagship Turbo version in Crayon, Volcano Grey, and Sapphire Blue paints, making it hard for us to decide on a favourite.
While the Turbo model is currently the cream of the crop in the Panamera’s range, it will eventually be dethroned by a go-faster Turbo S with an estimated extra 30 horsepower over the Turbo’s 542 hp output generated by the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine. Later during the car’s life cycle, rumour has it an even more hardcore version with hybrid tech sourced from the 918 Spyder will hit the streets. If the reports pan out, the meaner Panamera will have a whopping 700 hp and 800 pound-feet of torque. For those obsessed with Ring times, that should be enough to allow the Panamera to reclaim the title.
Meanwhile, the regular Porsche Panameras will arrive in European dealerships this November. Buyers get to pick from the 4S version available in both gasoline and diesel guises, along with the 4 E-Hybrid and the Turbo. The latter is unsurprisingly the most expensive of the bunch, kicking off at €153,011 (approx. $225,000 CAD) on its home turf in Germany.