Porsche has updated its large saloon to make it better in several respects and to cover a broader spectrum in its segment than the large sports saloons. In addition to an updated design, the new 2021 Porsche Panamera has better cornering thanks to modifications that affect dynamic performance. In the case of the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid versions, they extend their range of use in electric mode to 54 kilometers. In addition, the Panamera range maintains the three bodies: saloon, Executive with a longer wheelbase and the familiar Sport Turismo. We tell you all its details.
Just a week ago Porsche gave us some details about the renewal of its sports saloon and did so by setting a record on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. With the German driver Lars Kern at the wheel, a Porsche Panamera Turbo S with a slight camouflage to hide his identity until today when it has been presented in society, he managed to set a lap time of 7: 29.81 , placing him as well as the saloon Bigger faster in the green hell and being 13 seconds faster than its predecessor.
Now, they have finally told us what are the news that affect this model, now called to share the limelight with the second Porsche saloon , the 100% electric Taycan that we have already tested in the Turbo S version and that left us speechless.
The new Porsche Panamera debuts a series of innovations at the level of exterior image. We cannot talk about drastic changes, but we can talk about slight adjustments to give it a more modern and avant-garde touch. The new front stands out, with modified air intakes thanks to the fact that now the bumper with a Sport Design look is standard. It has large side air intakes and single-strip daylight.
The top-of-the-range version, the Turbo S, has new sections painted in the body color, which makes the width of this model stand out especially, which also features the new dual daytime running lights , specific to Turbo engines. a greater separation between them.
At the back, the new taillight strip stands out, which if possible resemble the current Porsche 911 992 and a bit the Taycan thanks to the three-dimensional design of the strip that joins both light groups at the ends. The Porsche lettering is integrated into these headlamps which, especially at night, change the exterior appearance of the car quite a bit.
In the case of the GTS versions, all the rear optics are the darkened ones called Exclusive Design with dynamic Coming / Leaving Home function.
A new range of colors for the bodywork is also released with this update , highlighting the metallic orange color that in a car like this one that is more than five meters long, draws a lot of attention. New 20 and 21-inch wheels also arrive, making the available wheel catalog reach 10 different designs today.
Another novelty of the Porsche Panamera 2021 is the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which introduces an improved and expanded voice control system , in line with those incorporated by other models in the Porsche range.
With this update comes the wireless Apple® CarPlay , the lane-keeping assistant with traffic sign detection is standard and there are new elements as an option such as speed control with distance regulator, night vision assistants and change of direction. lane.
Also the main matrix LED headlights with PDLS Plus, the parking assistant with Surround View that allows to see the car in three dimensions from different views or and the head up display with information projected on the windshield are new equipment that until now could not equip the Panamera.
Mechanical improvements and more power
The Porsche Panamera continues to champion the E-Performance strategy, which combines electric range with high performance in the plug-in hybrid versions. There are four engines available. The range begins with the “dry” Panamera and Panamera 4 in saloon, Executive and Sport Turismo bodies with their 330 hp 2.9 V6 biturbo engine.
A step above are the Panamera GTS in body Saloon and Sport Turismo (there is no GTS Executive) with the 480 hp 4.0 V8 Biturbo V8 engine (20 hp more than before), which are capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 km / h.
One of the most striking features of the GTS versions, their sound, has been modified by means of a new standard sports exhaust system that makes the roar of the V8 mechanics more remarkable, being this one of the main attractions of this finish.
The highest and most performing version of the new Porsche Panamera bears the Turbo S surname , also available with all three bodies. It mounts a 4.0 V8 Biturbo engine, but in this case tuned to deliver 630 hp of power and 820 Nm of torque, which is 80 hp and 50 Nm of torque more than the Turbo, the previous top-of-the-range combustion model.
Thanks to its enormous kick, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 200 km / h in 11.2 seconds, while the maximum speed at which it reaches is 315 km / h.
In total there are 12 versions of the Porsche Panamera 2021 thanks to the combination of these four mechanics with the three bodies, but a special space deserves the 4S E-Hybrid versions.
4S E-Hybrid, the Panamera plug-in hybrid
The Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is currently the only plug-in hybrid version of the large Porsche saloon. Thus disappears, perhaps temporarily, the huge 680 hp Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid , the most powerful production hybrid in the world to date.
This 4S E-Hybrid version receives important new features that allow you to get more out of its mechanics. Recall that there is an electric motor with a power of 100 kW (136 hp) integrated into the PDK eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which is combined with the 324 kW (440 hp) 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine. We are therefore talking about a set with a power of 412 kW ( 560 HP ) and a maximum torque of the system of 750 Nm.
With the Sport Chrono package as standard, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds and the top speed is 298 km / h. The battery capacity has increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh thanks to the use of new optimized cells. In addition, the driving modes have been optimized to make it more efficient and regenerate more energy. All this allows it to obtain a purely electric range according to WLTP EAER City of up to 54 km (NEDC: up to 64 km), which is 30% more than in the previous model.
Faster in curves and more comfortable
Another objective of this update of the Porsche Panamera was to make it dynamically better, both in terms of ride comfort and when cornering. Thus the three-chamber air suspension, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the balancing stabilization Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), including the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) have been revised and in some versions changed by full.
The PASM substantially improves comfort cushioning, while the electromechanical antiroll system PDCC Sport minimizes body movements. It also debuts a new electromechanical steering that helps in these aspects.
Prices for the Porsche Panamera 2021
The new Porsche Panamera can already be ordered at the brand’s dealerships and the first units will begin to be delivered next October. These are their prices:
Panamera: 104,349 euros.
Panamera 4: 108,794 euros
Panamera 4 Sport Turismo: 116,212 euros
Panamera 4 Executive: 123,950 euros
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid: 133,593 euros
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 136,497 euros
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Executive: 147,629 euros
Panamera GTS: 161,688 euros
Panamera GTS Sport Turismo: 164,946 euros
Panamera Turbo S: 211,780 euros
Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo: 215,038 euros
Panamera Turbo S Executive: 227,120 euros