Updated Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo spotted at the NurburgringJuly 30, 2020
Porsche is continuing development of the 2021 Panamera, which is expected to debut in the next few months.
Porsche is working on an update for the Panamera Sport Turismo and after a series of winter tests, a prototype was spotted on the legendary Nürburgring track with less camouflage and a hybrid powertrain, as evidenced by two fuel flaps on either side of the car.
Despite the very little camouflage, it is difficult to immediately spot any design differences in the test car. Porsche apparently does not want to change too much the face of the current Panamera, which is praised for its imposing sporty appearance.
The facelift will introduce a number of really subtle changes to freshen up the Panamera and make it look more like a 911. These changes will include slightly modified bumpers at the front and rear, as well as minor changes to the optics.
The test car appears to be one of the Panamera’s two plug-in hybrid variants, meaning either the 4 E-Hybrid or the Turbo S E-Hybrid. In addition to having a charging door on the left side of the vehicle, the bright Acid Green brake calipers lend a personal touch.
The Panamera’s cabin is still considered one of the best in its segment and the interior is expected to receive updated tech and new connectivity, but don’t expect any major design changes. The only difference is the replacement of the current model’s gear selector with a newer and smaller 911 unit.
The mid-cycle Porsche Panamera refresh is likely to introduce improvements across the entire powertrain range, including for the aforementioned electrified models, which account for more than half of total Panamera sales in Europe.
The current Porsche Panamera is offered with a fairly wide range of engines, including a 2.9-liter V6 with 325 hp and 434 hp, and a 4.0-liter V8 with 454 hp. in the GTS. In addition, the Turbo turbo version has a 4.0-liter V8 with 550 hp. The E-Hybrid combines a 2.9-liter V6 with an electric motor and produces 456 hp, while the Turbo S E-Hybrid has at least 671 hp.
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