Four years ago in the summer of 2016 was panamera’s last debut, the second generation of the Porsche Panamera, code name 971, has received a mid-cycle facelift.
Porsche hasn’t pulled any major surprises with its updates to the liftback sedan and wagon. The updates consist of minor tweaks to the styling of the car, as well as chassis improvements and the introduction of two new variants. One is a 4S E-Hybrid that replaces the current Turbo, and another is a new Turbo S with a more powerful version of the current Turbo’s V-8.
For starters, the Turbo S has replaced the Turbo and comes with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 621 HP (630 PS / 463 kW) and 605 lb-ft (820 Nm) of torque, an increase of 79 HP (80 PS / 59 kW) and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm).
The 2021 Panamera Turbo S, which is the Nurburgring Nordschleife record holder for executive cars, a term used to avoid comparisons with the faster Mercedes-AMG GT 63, accelerates from nought to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 3.1 seconds and tops out at 196 mph (315 km/h). The combined fuel consumption is 21.2-22 mpg US (11.1-10.7 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions stand at 245-253 g/km.
The plug-in hybrid lineup has welcomed a new model, the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. It combines a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, making 434 HP (440 PS / 324 kW), with a 134 HP (136 PS / 100 kW) electric motor integrated into the eight-speed PDK transmission, for a total output of 552 HP (560 PS / 412 kW) and a peak torque of 553 HP (750 Nm). This variant covers the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 185 mph (298 km/h). It has a 34–mile (54-km) driving range in the WLTP cycle with the 17.9 kWh battery fully charged.
Other versions of the Panamera have been upgraded as well, with the GTS’ twin-turbo V8 now pumping out 473 HP (480 PS / 353 kW), up 20 HP (20 PS / 15 kW), and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm). The Panamera and Panamera 4 now feature the 2.9-liter V6 bi-turbo engine in all markets, rated at 325 HP (330 PS / 243 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm), with identical performance numbers, Porsche notes.
The facelifted Panamera promises a more engaging driving experience, as the chassis and control systems have been upgraded with an emphasis on the sportiness and comfortable character of the car. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) has been has been revamped, resulting in improved damping comfort, whereas control of the electric roll stabilization leads to improved body stability.
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.
All 2021 Panameras feature the previously available SportDesign fascia as standard up front, while at the rear is a new continuous light strip that connects the two taillights, similar to the design used on other Porsche models. New colors (Cherry Red Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic) and wheel patterns are also available.
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.
Features such as the 12.3-inch center touchscreen with sat-nav and Wi-Fi hotspot are part of the offering, alongside a Bose premium sound system and electrically adjustable seats, among others. 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.
Also, all 2021 Panamera models are equipped with standard Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, while the Lane Change Assist, Surround View, Porsche InnoDrive with Adaptive Cruise Control, Night Vision Assist and head-up display are optional.
In Europe, it’s already up for sale, though it won’t arrive at dealerships before mid-October. Prices in Germany start at €91,345 ($107,961) for the RWD model, €95,289 ($112,623) for the Panamera 4, €126,841 ($149,914) for the 4S E-Hybrid, €136,933 ($161,842) for the GTS and €179,737 ($212,432) for the Turbo S.