Following a teaser campaign that involved setting a new Nürburgring lap record for executive cars, the 2021 Porsche Panamera is finally here. The most important change is the launch of a Turbo S model serving as a replacement for the regular Turbo while adding some serious power in the process. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 has been massaged to deliver 620 horsepower and 604 pound-feet (820 Newton-meters) of torque or 70 hp and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) more than before.
The newly added muscle enables a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in only 2.9 seconds or half a second quicker than the old Panamera Turbo. The slightly heavier Executive version with the extended wheelbase is a tad slower, requiring three seconds to complete the task. Whether it’s the regular liftback, the more practical Sport Turismo wagon, or the LWB version, all Turbo S models top out at 196 mph (315 km/h).
Gallery: 2021 Porsche Panamera facelift
The Turbo S is not the only change made to the lineup for 2021 as Porsche is also introducing a Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid model combines a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with an electric motor for a grand total of 552 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). Turn on launch control and the 0-60 mph run will take three and a half seconds en route to a top speed of 185 mph (298 km/h), which makes it just about as quick as the now-defunct Panamera Turbo.
The 2021MY switchover brings a larger-capacity battery (from 14.1 kWh to 17.9 kWh) for the plug-in hybrids and enables the newly launched 4S E-Hybrid to cover 34 miles (54 kilometers) based on the WLTP cycle, with EPA numbers not available yet.
As far as the base Panamera is concerned, Porsche is dropping the previous single-turbo 3.0-liter engine to make room for a twin-turbo 2.9-liter producing 325 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm).
Beyond the changes underneath the hood, the 2021 Panamera gets a series of subtle design tweaks. The most obvious change is at the back where there’s now a full-width LED light strip to mirror other recent Porsche models. At the front, all versions come as standard with the SportDesign look that was previously offered as optional equipment. A SportDesign package available with or without carbon fiber accents can be had at an additional cost.
Porsche is also adding a few 20- and 21-inch wheel designs while making the air intakes of the Turbo S larger. The newcomer gets a model-specific front light signature along with a reworked sport exhaust system promising to offer a “more pronounced V8 rumble.” The beefier exhaust also comes as standard on the GTS, which gets an array of black accents as well as tinted taillights and its own set of 20-inch alloys.
Rounding off the changes on the outside are two new colors – Truffle Brown Metallic and Cherry Red Metallic.
Stepping inside the cabin, the 2021 Porsche Panamera boasts a new steering wheel with shift paddles along with a GT Sport steering wheel in the case of the Turbo S. Optionally available for the other trim levels, the GT Sport wheel has the shift paddles wrapped in leather. Depending on the version, the front seats can be electrically adjusted in 8, 14, or 18 ways, while a 21-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 1,455 watts of power and a 400-watt subwoofer can replace the standard 14-speaker, 710-watt Bose setup in the Turbo S.
Porsche has made some changes underneath the familiar skin as each and every trim level benefits from recalibrated adaptive dampers to improve ride quality. The engineers have also sharpened up the steering and installed new tires bringing increased grip and lower rolling resistance. Ultra-high-performance tires are debuting on the Panamera, with the Turbo S getting ceramic composite brakes as standard with a choice between black or yellow calipers.
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In the United States, all 2021 Panamera models will come as standard with lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. At an additional cost, the car can be equipped with an array of other driver assistance systems, varying from a head-up display and night vision to adaptive cruise control and lane change assist.
Porsche North America will begin to take orders early 2021 when pricing will be announced. The updated Panamera will start hitting dealers next spring.
The 2021 Porsche Panamera
New Panamera celebrates world premiere with significantly enhanced performance and updated styling
Atlanta, Georgia. 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 redesigned to offer an even more pronounced V8 rumble 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.