The super-sedan pecking order has just been reshuffled, and Porsche is on top.
Porsche has just announced three new versions of the 2021 Panamera, and the news is good for fans of the brand. The new 2021 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid packs close to 700 horsepower, well ahead of rivals like the 2021 BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4-Door. But as the horsepower war rages on between top-of-the-line performance machines, Porsche is also fleshing out the rest of its 2021 Panamera lineup. Launching alongside the new top-dog are the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and a new Panamera 4S. All three of these new models will be offered as either a short wheelbase sedan, an Executive long wheelbase sedan, or as a delectable Sport Turismo wagon.
2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid: The Big One
When the 2021 Panamera was released the 2020 Turbo received such a massive bump in horsepower that Porsche renamed it “Turbo S. ” For a little while the 620 horsepower Turbo S was the tippy-top of the Panamera range, but its 15 minutes of fame are up. The ICE-only powered Turbo S has just been usurped by the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid that now packs 689 horsepower and 642 lb-ft of torque.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 has been paired up with a 134-hp electric motor that draws from a new 17.9 kWh battery. Porsche says the new battery is 27 percent more energy dense than the battery in the previous Turbo S E-Hybrid. Thanks to the upgrades, the new Turbo S E-Hybrid is the second most powerful car Porsche makes (it’s 61 horsepower down on the Taycan Turbo S).
According to Porsche, the new Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan and Sport Turismo will make the 0-60 mph run in 3.0 seconds flat, but we’re pretty sure that estimate is a conservative one. The Executive sedan takes a tenth longer to reach 60. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (which includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus), rear axle steering with Power Steering Plus, and carbon ceramic brakes are all standard on the new Turbo S E-Hybrid.
2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Entry Level Hybrid
For those to whom performance is not everything, there is the 2021 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. It’s paired to the same 17.9 kWh battery as the hybridized Turbo S, but instead of augmenting a 4.0-liter V-8, the 4 E-Hybrid uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6.
Total system output is rated at 455 hp. With all that juice, Porsche says it will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds—not bad for a non “S” car. Both of these new plug-in hybrids will be chargeable at home via a standard 120V outlet or a 240V outlet. However, spring for the Porsche Mobile Charger, and you’ll get up to 7.2 kW of charging at home.
2021 Porsche Panamera 4S: Classic Power To The People
If a hybrid powertrain doesn’t appeal, the new 2021 Porsche Panamera 4S is powered exclusively by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 443 hp. It will scoot from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono pack (one tenth quicker than last year’s car). The new 4S also sports a top speed of 183 mph, four more than the outgoing 4S.
Like all facelifted Panameras, this new trio of trims benefits from the same nip and tuck on the front and rear bumpers, the upgraded Porsche infotainment setup, and niceties like wireless Apple CarPlay. There’s also a new steering calibration and new tires for sharper performance on the road compared to the outgoing cars. The new Panameras will make their way stateside in the spring of 2021, and pricing will be announced once they’re ready to order.
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