- Porsche has unveiled changes to the 2021 Panamera, and it comes with a new 552-hp
- 4S E-Hybrid model.
- New Turbo S variant that is equipped with a refreshed twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 producing 620 hp and 604 pound feet of torque.
- The latest Panamera will arrive at dealers in the spring of 2021 and Porsche will start accepting orders at the start of 2021.
Porsche’s Panamera sedan and Sport Turismo wagon got an overhaul for the 2021 model year and come with a number of powertrain improvements and mild styling improvements. The updates ought to help the latest Panamera ward off newer rivals like the 8 Series Gran Coupe of the BMW and the GT 4-Door of the Mercedes. Based on the performance of the 2020 Panamera 4S, it is expected that the standard car’s engine will probably experience less turbo lag and gain from a more melodious engine note in relation to that of the previous 3.0 liter unit.
Trims and Figures
|$87,200||8-Speed Automatic||Rear-Wheel Drive||3.0-Liter Turbo V6 Gas|
|Panamera 4||$91,800||8-Speed Automatic||All-Wheel Drive||3.0-Liter Turbo V6 Gas|
|Panamera 4S||$105,000||8-Speed Automatic||All-Wheel Drive||2.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas|
|Panamera GTS||$129,300||8-Speed Automatic||All-Wheel Drive||4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas|
Other than its several performance updates, the 2021 Panamera looks very similar to the 2020 model. But if you look closely, you’ll be able to spot a handful of discrete changes on the exterior and interior of the car.
The new Panamera sports a revamped steering wheel design, a redesigned rear fascia and revised taillights, the latter of which better mirrors the aesthetic and design of the Porsche 911’s full width brow.
The 2020 model’s optional SportDesign front fascia is now the car’s default setup and gives the 2021 Panamera with a more athletic design look. Those looking for an additional menacing look can spend more on the 2021’s refreshed and even angrier style of the SportDesign front fascia.
For assistance features, all 2021 Panamera now come standard with both traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assist.
To highlight its top-tier status, the 2021 Panamera Turbo S model sports a trim-specific fascia that has its distinct special lighting and larger front air intakes. On top of that, a rear-wheel steering, carbon-ceramic brakes, and active roll bars come standard on this top trim.
Engine and Performance of the 2021 Porsche Panamera
The six-cylinder Panamera and Panamera 4S are unexpectedly fun to drive around. But car enthusiasts who are seeking for a truly impressive performance would definitely prefer the V-8-powered Panamera trims. While Porsche’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 already delivers more than enough power, the German brand still went on to add more power in the engine for the 2021 year model.
The 2021 Panamera GTS engine produces 473 horsepower which is 20 horses more than its 2020 counterpart. And to make it even better, Porsche reveals that the model has a new throttle calibration, improving responsiveness to accelerator inputs.
Finally, the Turbo trim no longer gets all the attention in the Panamera model line. This is a minimal loss, considering it’s basically replaced by the 2021 Panamera Turbo S, which produces a whopping 620 horsepower which 70 more horses than the outgoing Panamera Turbo. Thanks to the several changes done to the internal of the engine for additional grunt, which includes a lower compression ratio and new fuel injectors.
Porsche is claiming that the Panamera S sedan and Sport Turismo trims hit the mile-in-a-minute mark in 2.6 sec with launch control engaged (the long-wheelbase Panamera Turbo S Exec in 3.0 sec), or .5 second faster than the Turbo. A 2017 Panamera Turbo managed to hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds so we expect the new Turbo S can do it near to 2.5 seconds. Porsche typically is conservatives with its estimates.
Chassis Systems, Tires and Brakes of the 2021 Panamera
The 2021 Panamera has been intricately built specifically for each trim–from sharp and collected on the base trim to performanced-focused on the Turbo S and GTS. The adjustable The adjustable Porsche Active Suspension Management system comes standard on every trim level. It has an updated calibration for its adaptive dampers, increasing ride quality. The steering is also revamped to sharpen feedback and further enhance responsiveness.
To parallel its amazing engine performance, the Panamera Turbo S is equipped with the (PDCC Sport) Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport roll-stabilization system, 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, rear axle steering, and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) come as standard, all of these are available as options on other Panamera trims.
To match all the aforementioned systems, a new generation of tires come with the new Panamera and they offer enhanced grip and reduced rolling resistance in comparison to the previous generation. And this is the first for an Ultra High Performance Summer Tire to be available on Panamera trims, allowing all of the chassis and suspension systems to work at its optimum level.
The Design of the 2021 Panamera Design
The new gen of Panamera is distinguished by a number of styling revamps. Porsche did not make any big changes to the exterior looks of the new Panamera. It made some tweaks on the front bumper. With the 2021 Panamera, you get different daytime-running lights across the range, and Turbo S models sport a new body-colored strip that runs below the number plate.
The changes at the back are just as subtle. The new Panamera has a new full-width brake light, matching the latest Porsche Cayenne and 911. Some tweaks are also done at the diffuser between the 4 exhaust pipes as it now has subtly different vertical vanes.
Every Panamera trim now features the SportDesign front fascia (which used to be optional) as standard, giving a sharper look to the front design of the car. Available as an upgrade is an updated SportDesign package, either with or without carbon fiber.
Another new style feature of the 2021 Panamera is the available new 20-inch wheel design and two-new 21-inch wheel designs.
The Panamera GTS model has a distinctive updated front and rear SportDesign fascia in Satin Black which is definitely a headturner. Along with the updated front and rear are the Exclusive tinted taillights, the GTS-specific Satin Blanck 20-inch Panamera Design wheels, black lettering and model designations. The Sport Exhaust System comes standard on the GTS and is available as an option on the Panamera Turbo S. The exhaust system has been designed to highlight the sensational rumble of the V8 engine.
Putting emphasis on their phenomenal performance figures, the 2021 Panamera Turbo S variants have a distinct front fascia, featuring larger air intakes and new Turbo S-specific front light signature.
Like the previous year model, most powertrains are offered in the Sport Turismo, sedan and Executive body styles. The latter provides a specifically extensive amount of back seat room thanks to its 5.9-inch longer wheelbase. There are also two new color palettes – Truffle Brown Metallic and Cherry Red Metallic.
The Interior of the 2021 Porsche Panamera
Porsche has continued with its outgoing Panamera’s sophisticated interior for the 2021 model. It gets the same uncomplicated horizontal dashboard design with widescreen infotainment display. Porsche also kept the broad center console with gloss-black touch-sensitive buttons from the previous model.
The Panamera didn’t get the same dinky gear-selector that the new 911, but it has included a wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. But Android users will have to stick with the same old Bluetooth connection.
The new Panamera’s interior also has several changes such as its newly-designed multifunction Sport steering wheel with shift paddles. A new GT Sport steering wheel with shift paddles wrapped in leather comes standard in the Panamera Turbo S and comes as an option on other Panamera trims.
In accordance with the GTS tradition, the GT Sport steering wheel, as well as several other interior areas of the Panamera GTS, are covered in Race-Tex.
An eight-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with driver memory package come standard in Panamera and Panamera 4S E-Hybrid models, while a 14-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory come standard in Turbo S trims.
Matching its performance and its target audience, the Panamera GTS has an 18-way electrically adjustable adaptive sports seats. Both the 14-way comfort seats and 18-way adaptive sport seats are available as options on other Panamera trims.
As mentioned earlier, the center console did not change much, it still has the familiar 12.3 inch-center touchscreen. It still offers a wide range of connectivity which includes a Wifi hotspot, an online navigation, and a real-time traffic information. The Turbo S model also comes standard with a 14 speaker, 710 watt BOSE Surround Sound System that has a separate subwoofer. On the other hand, a 21-speaker, 1,455 watt Burmester 3D High End Surround System that has an active 400 watt subwoofer is available as an option for all variants.
Assistance Features of the 2021 Panamera Models
Every 2021 Panamera model is equipped with Lane Keep Assist which includes Traffic Sign Recognition as standard. Through a camera, the system is able to detect divider line markings on the road and helps the driver to stay in lane through making corrective steering inputs. It is active at speeds above 40mph. Traffic Sign Recognition also utilizes a camera along with navigation data to identify road signs, and shows them in the instrument cluster. Like before, the 2021 Panamera has a host of assistance systems that are available as options. These include Lane Change Assist, Porsche InnoDrive with Adaptive Cruise Control, a head-up display, and Surround View.
Hybrid Enhancements of the 2021 Porsche Panamera
Porsche has officially been quiet on the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s future. But it is expected that the model will return to the line for the 2022 model year. It’s been said that the 2022 model year will be equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain consisting of the standard Turbo S trim’s 620-horsepower V8 and an electric motor. Combination of these two is expected to make the powertrain pass the 700-horsepower mark-an impressive gain over the currently stout 677-horsepower 2020 model.
Porsche continues to provide their Panamera model with gasoline-electric power in the form of its less juicy and new-for-2021 4E-Hybrid model. Porsche is not yet prepared to confirm or deny the comeback of the lesse 4 E-Hybrid. The model has a twin-turbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine paired with an electric motor. Both are working together to produce a combined 552 horsepower. According to Porsche, that figures for a 3.5-second run to 60 mph with launch engaged are decent.
The 14-kWh battery pack of 2020 Panamera E-Hybrid is replaced by a larger 18-kWh battery pack. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s official range estimate for the 4S E-Hybrid is yet to be announced. But it is expected that the newer plug-in hybrid will outdo the 14-mile EPA-rated range of its last year counterpart.
Pricing of the 2021 Porsche Panamera
The pricing of the 2021 Porsche Panamera which is set to arrive in the U.S. next spring is yet to be revealed. Nonetheless, it is expected that the new Porsche Panamera’s cost of entry will come close to that of the previous year, starting at $88,550. Of course, if you are looking to add more options then you should be willing to spend more thousands. If you want a loaded Panamera Turbo S, then you should also be willing to drop close to $200,000.
Competition of the 2021 Porsche Panamera
While the competition at this top level is fairly limited, it is undeniably fierce. Familiar competition include Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A7 Sportback. All three rivals have more powerful variants aimed to match the Panamera Turbo S and 4S E-Hybrid. What predominantly characterizes these impressive German-made and engineered are driving and handling capabilities unique to each brand. All of them have a myriad of advanced technologies to offer and it basically all comes down to individual preferences and brand loyalty.