It sure looks fast.
Almost a year ago, Porsche was spotted testing a prototype version of the Panamera with some impressive aerodynamic upgrades. Rumors later indicated that this Panamera was known internally as "Lion," and was targeting a record-setting Nurburgring run. Now, CarBuzz has spotted the car once again, this time sporting black paint instead of grey, less aggressive front aero, and different wheels.
The car should be based on the 2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo, and according to information from an official industry pool session, Porsche is close to attempting a record run with it. Rumors claim that a notary was in place to verify the timing of the lap and Porsche will attempt another run on Friday, July 31, 2020.
The spy shots show the Panamera on a fast lap followed by a slow lap with a BMW camera car to take photos on the track. Porsche could likely use this footage as b-roll video of the record-breaking lap when the car is officially revealed. Last year, Porsche reportedly recorded an unofficial lap time of just seven minutes and 11 seconds, which would place the Panamera well ahead of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8's sedan record time of 7:23.164. An official run on Friday could give Porsche the new sedan record.
This new version of the Panamera is expected to greatly exceed the 542 horsepower of the Turbo model's 4.0-liter V8 and even the 671 hp of the Turbo S E-Hybrid. Rumors predict the Panamera "Lion" could produce as much as 750 to 820 hp from a currently unknown power source. The car should also benefit from weight reduction inside and could be the first Panamera model to be branded as a GT. If Porsche does capture the record, we may not learn about it until the car is officially revealed, likely alongside a facelifted Panamera.