It makes the current Panamera Turbo's 550 hp seem tame.
In the large luxury sedan segment, most manufacturers highlight the peerless comfort and advanced technologies that matter to customers interested in this kind of vehicle, as Mercedes is doing as it gears up for the launch of the new S-Class. But Porsche has always taken a different approach with its Panamera, which is positioned as the most athletic mega luxury car you can get your hands on.
To drive the message home, Porsche recently announced that the latest Panamera Turbo achieved a new Nurburgring lap record for executive cars. Now, Porsche has revealed a new onboard video of the record-breaking run.
In the video, the Porsche Panamera tops out at 297 km/h (185 mph) as it completes its rapid sweep of the Nurburgring Nordschleife which measures a distance of 20.832 km (12.9 miles). The record-breaking run saw a final time of seven minutes and 29.81 seconds, which made it faster than the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, which registered a time of 7:30.11 seconds.
Porsche hasn't stated openly exactly which version of the Panamera this is or what the power outputs are, but the video provides a few clues as the outputs indicated on the screen went as high as 646 PS (637 horsepower) and 834 Nm (615 lb-ft of torque), which is a fair amount more than the current Panamera Turbo's 550 hp/567 lb-ft.
This is in line with previous sources of ours indicating a Turbo S version that will slot in between the Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid is on the way. Whatever it is, this record-breaking Panamera showcases vicious speed and brilliant balance in the video, although the roll cage used here most likely won't feature in the production version.
As the video ends, test and development driver Lars Kern can be heard celebrating the Panamera's epic achievement, following the many other Porsche models that have achieved their own blistering lap records in the past. With the latest Panamera, Porsche proves that an extra pair of doors and loads of luxury do nothing to stop it from maintaining its dynamic edge over virtually everything else.