It dethroned another four-door Porsche at the track.
When it comes to lap records, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S is one of the cars that made headlines last year. Beyond the questionable record-holding lap time of the Jaguar XE Project 8, the four-door Porsche snatched the luxury class lap record at the Nurburgring.
But that was short-lived, with the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S snatching the title as the quickest luxury sedan at the 'Ring. Again, that's excluding the Jaguar XE Project 8's record, obtained without the rear seats.
Gallery: 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo Setting Record At Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Porsche then turned its sights at its home in North America and local track: the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. It was a success, with the German marque claiming the quickest four-door sedan title with the Panamera Turbo S's 1 minute and 31.51 seconds lap time.
Of note, the Panamera Turbo S dethroned another four-door Porsche sedan at the 2.54-mile race track. The record was previously held by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which completed the lap in 1 minute and 33.88 seconds.
Behind the wheel of the Panamera's record-breaking lap time was PCNA enlisted professional race car driver Leh Keen, who was also the same driver behind the Taycan's success last year.
The 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S is expected to arrive at US dealerships in Spring 2021. It will come standard with performance-oriented equipment such as Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+), rear-axle steering, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport roll-stabilization system (PDCC Sport).
The record-shattering version here comes with the optional and road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport cup 2 ND0 ultra-high performance tires. The set was a newly-developed sample, sized 275/35 ZR 21 103Y XL at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 108Y XL at the rear.
Watch the record-breaking lap from inside the cockpit via the video embedded on top of this page.