2021 Porsche Panamera, the beauty and twin turbo V8 beast
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 100 kmh, 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 315 kmh. 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.
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 designed to emphasize the emotional rumble of the V8 engine 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. ■