New Porsche Panamera Prepares For A Facelift

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Before it goes electric, it's getting one last update.

Porsche has been driving the hell out of the new GT3 RS on the Nurburgring as it wraps up development of the track-focused super sports car, but that's not the only new Porker we can look forward to. There's a new Sport Classic model on the way along with the 2023 911 Turbo. But what if you need more than just two doors? Although it was updated in 2020, the Porsche Panamera is about to get fresh updates.

These shots from our spy photographers have captured a prototype of the four-door being tested in the freezing conditions of Lapland, in Finland.

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Since the vehicle we see here has a charging flap on the driver-side rear fender, we can safely assume that this model is the E-Hybrid, but there's more. Spy shots from last year showed the same things as this current set of snaps, namely a redesigned front bumper with an additional narrow intake residing above the license plate. It's unclear at this point if this is a design feature of a specific model or if this change will be applied to all updated Panamera variants. One theory that has been doing the rounds is that Porsche will send the combustion-powered Panamera off with a Turbo GT variant before the next generation goes electric.

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A number of sources have suggested that the Turbo GT is happening and that it will come equipped with a 631-horsepower version of the company's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as found in the record-breaking Cayenne Turbo GT. This is very exciting and could spur the Panamera onto the title of World's Fastest Sedan, but our spy photographer reports that the cabin is fully camouflaged, suggesting that even if the Turbo GT doesn't happen, we can expect to find some updates to the interior at the very least. We'll let you know more about the car as testing continues and more info becomes available before an expected reveal sometime this year.

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