Porsche Panamera Turbo sets a new record at Nurburgring

Word came from MT speaking to a Porsche "insider" at the launch of the Panamera recently, but the insider didn't say when all this will happen.

But before then, expect Porsche to add a more powerful Panamera Turbo S to the lineup, sporting around 580 hp compared to the standard Turbo's 550-hp figure.

Porsche has just unveiled the second generation Porsche Panamera saloon. And just to prove this, the new Panamera Turbo with the engine mentioned above, took on the Nurburgring and ended up breaking the record for luxury sedans.

The previous record was set by the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV that had clocked a time of 7:39 seconds for a lap.

That's because back in May, Gernot Dollner, the man in charge of the new Panamera, made the claim that it would beat the old Carrera GT's lap time.

All of these engines are mated to a new eight-speed, Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

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It is widely anticipated that this addition will be named as the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid.

What makes more sense is that there's a quicker version of the Panamera coming, and we're not talking about a Panamera Turbo S. We're talking about a 918-inspired performance hybrid, likely called the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid.

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo weighs in at 4,398 pounds - otherwise known as two tons - and will get to 62 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, or 3.4 with the Sport Chrono package.

He wouldn't be drawn on the technical format or capabilities of the hybrid system that will be used to propel these two models, beyond saying there is a possibility to gain more performance from it, as well as greater efficiency.

All of the new breed of turbocharged V6 and V8 petrol "KOVOMO" engines that have been jointly engineered between Audi and Porsche can be combined with hybrid systems. To go along with its 700 ponies, this high-performance hybrid Panamera will have around 800 pound-feet of torque.

  • Darren Santiago