Revised Porsche Panamera brings new Turbo S

Published: 26 August 2020

► 2020's Porsche Panamera facelift
► Turbo S model is new flagship
► Holds 'Ring record for exec cars

Porsche is casting the net just a little wider with its facelifted Panamera.

The four-door saloon, stretched Executive model and Sport Turismo estate have all been refreshed with incremental tech upgrades, a tweaked look and a brand new Turbo S model.

Tell me about the Turbo S…

Porsche says it replaces the Turbo as the Panamera’s flagship. The twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 makes 621bhp and 605lb ft, which is 79bhp and 39lb ft more than the ‘old’ Turbo made. Porsche says it can sprint to 62mph in 3.1 seconds.

panamera turbo s pan

This new model is also now the lap record holder at the Nürburgring for executive cars, clocking in at 7:21.28 minutes at the hands of test driver Lars Kern.

Any other mechanical changes?

The GTS gets a small power hike of 19bhp, the 4S E-Hybrid has a larger battery (from 14.1kWh to 17.9kWh, with a claimed e-range of 34 miles)

The Panamera’s active suspension management and dynamic chassis control systems have been refreshed to improve body control.

panamera hybrid executive

It barely looks any different!

Well, Porsche points out that every new Panamera has the SportDesign bumper arrangement up front as standard (it was an option for the pre-facelift Panam’) and the Turbo S gets a bespoke front end with larger air intakes. The rear light bar has been tweaked, too, with GTS models featuring a darkened cluster and animated ‘coming/leaving home’ function. More wheel designs are available, too.

panamera interior

Inside it’s effectively the same cockpit design, but Porsche says it’s done plenty to refine the safety and connectivity systems. There’s wireless Apple CarPlay, and additional services via the massive infotainment screen, for example.

When and how much?

You can order a fresh Panamera now, with the first deliveries coming in October. The range starts at £72,890 for a Panamera 4 and topping out at £135,610 for the new Turbo S. Want a Sport Turismo? Add on around £2,500 to that price tag.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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