Next Panamera goes testing: Porsche’s saloon laps the ‘Ring

Published: 17 August 2020

 Next Panamera goes testing
 Chassis tweaks and increased power
 13 seconds faster than previous gen

Porsche has been testing its forthcoming Panamera saloon at the Nürburgring with record breaking results. The new car now holds the record for ‘executive cars’ and its lap of 7:29.81 minutes was around 13 seconds faster than the previous model. 

The time was completed in ideal conditions – 22 degrees Celsius with a track temp of 34 degrees Celsius – but the gains are down to the new car’s combination of increased power and technology. Alongside an unknown bump in engine power, changes to the chassis have had a big impact in performance, according to test driver Lars Kern.

The VW Group’s magic anti-roll tech and air suspension return, but they’ve both been tweaked: 

‘In the Hatzenbach or also Bergwerk and Kesselchen sections in particular, the new setup of the electromechanical roll stabilisation system remains consistently effective and provides the Panamera with incredible stability in spite of the bumpy track surface’ said Kern. 

‘Alongside the increased engine power, improvements have been made in the areas of cornering stability, body control and steering precision,’ said Thomas Friemuth, vice president product line Panamera. ‘These enhancements benefit both everyday comfort and performance. The lap record is impressive proof of this.’

The car used was close to production, but there were a few changes, mainly for safety; this Panamera featured a safety cage and racing seat.

We’re expecting to see the finished car later this year.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast