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The New Porsche Panamera is the fastest “executive car” at the Nurburgring

By Chris Thompson, 18 Aug 2020 News

Before its official reveal, the new Panamera already has a trophy on the shelf

Need to Know:

  • 2021 Panamera claims 'Ring record of 7:29.81

  • Full specs and details to be revealed late August 2020

2021 Porsche Panamera Nurburgring record

With racer and Porsche test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel, it took the new Porsche Panamera only 7:29.81 to negotiate the Nürburgring Nordschleife’s 20.832km circuit.

The new Panamera hasn’t been revealed in full yet, but the lap has resulted in a record (“certified by a notary public”) being claimed by the car.

While AMG’s GT63 S claims a 7:25.41 time, and Jaguar’s Project 8 in 7:21.23, the technicalities of record categories and the laps themselves are key.

While Porsche claims the ‘executive’ record for its Panamera, while the GT63 is the fastest “four-seater”, and the Project 8 the fastest “four-door”.

Porsche Panamera Nurburgring Karusell

Another factor is the change in the lap distance itself, with the full circuit timing now being used (20.832km) rather than the 20.6km of the previous records which excluded a 200m section of track at T13 where timing would begin and end.

In any case. A time below 7:30 by the Panamera is impressive given its predecessor took roughly 13 seconds longer once you account for the difference in track length.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS review

Even Kern says (in a Porsche-approved statement, no less) he wasn’t expecting the new Panamera to be able to do handle what it did in certain sections of the Green Hell, given his experience in the previous model.

“The enhancements made to the chassis and the powertrain of the new Panamera were always noticeable during this lap on what is recognised as the most demanding racetrack in the world,” says Kern.

Porsche Panamera rear Nurburgring

“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.

“At the Schwedenkreuz, the car benefited from the improved lateral dynamics and the increased grip of the new Michelin sports tyres.

Porsche's GT2 RS Nurburgring lap record

“I achieved cornering speeds there that I would not have believed possible with the Panamera.”

The new Panamera is set to be revealed at the end of August. Keep an eye on MOTOR for your first look when it drops.