Porsche has just updated the Panamera for the 2021 model year. Honestly, it’s quite hard to tell what’s new as it looks largely the same as the pre-facelift model. But if you look closely, you can spot the subtle differences between this new one and the outgoing model.
There is a revised rear fascia paired with new taillights which now look similar to the 992-generation 911. The optional SportDesign front end now comes standard on all models as well.
While the exterior changes make are subtle, it certainly helps the Panamera look a lot more like a 4-door 911. However, what we’re particularly excited about the 2021 Panamera is the new trim which gives it nearly the same power as the 640 PS 911 Turbo S.
Called the Panamera Turbo S, it is the new range-topping variant of Porsche’s full-size sedan and wagon (in Sport Touring guise) and replaces the previous Turbo variant. While we have to say goodbye to the Turbo trim, the new Panamera Turbo S produces a whopping 620 horsepower and a staggering 820 Nm of torque from the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 under the hood – an increase of 70 horsepower and 50 Nm than before. Thanks to the extra muscle, it can sprint from 0 to 97 km/h in just 2.9 seconds (3.0 for the LWB Executive variant). Top speed is rated at 315 km/h for all Turbo S models.
To make the Turbo S look a bit more distinct, Porsche has tweaked the front bumper making the air intakes larger. It also has a unique headlight signature. A louder exhaust has also been added. An optional SportDesign bumper can make the front end look even more aggressive.
The Turbo S isn’t the only change made to the Panamera lineup. For 2021, Porsche is also introducing the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid model features a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 paired with an electric motor. A 17.9 kWh battery has been fitted onto the 4S E-Hybrid, giving it around 54 kilometers of electric driving range (based on WLPT).
It’s not as fast as the Turbo S, but it is still good for 552 horsepower and 750 Nm torque. With the help of launch control, it can go from 0 to 97 km/h in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 298 km/h. For reference, this is around the same as the previous Panamera Turbo.
Other changes to the Panamera line includes new powertrain upgrades. The standard Panamera ditches the previous turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 mill for the 325 horsepower twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 found in the previous 4S model. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo V8 found in the GTS gets a 20 horsepower increase.
So if you’re looking for a "practical" Porsche that can still go fast, why not check out the 2021 Panamera? It has both the power and looks to match anyway. Plus, it's a bit more spacious than the 911 could ever be.