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2021 Porsche Panamera achieves lap record at Nürburgring Nordschleife

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The new 2021 facelift production-series Porsche Panamera in mild camouflage avatar has lapped the coveted Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:29.81 minutes, a distance of over 20.832 kilometres and has made a new record in the “executive cars” category making an official ranking at the Nürburgring GmbH, even before the car’s world premiere. The 2021 Porsche Panamera is around 13 seconds faster than its predecessor driven by the same driver, Lars Kern and back in 2016, the Panamera Turbo was powered by a 550 PS engine. 

The new 2021 Porsche Panamera features chassis and powertrain enhancements along with the new setup of the electromechanical roll stabilisation system that provides stability to the vehicle even on the bumpier section that car also benefits from improved lateral dynamics and the increased grip of the new Michelin sports tyres. 

The record run was certified by a public notary which confirmed that the car was a series production four-door saloon model equipped with a racing seat and a safety cage as protection for the driver. The public notary also recorded that the outside temperature was 22 degrees Celsius and the track temperature was 34 degrees Celcius and the driver Lars Kern started the lap at 1.49 pm on 24 July 2020 and crossed the finish line 7:29.81 minutes later. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyre developed especially for the new Panamera and used for the record lap will be optionally available after the market launch.

The 2021 facelift Porsche Panamera features refreshed headlamps and taillamps, a new rear diffuser and changes to its cockpit. The new Panamera is scheduled for the world debut by the end of August. Though the brand has not yet revealed its engine specifications its is speculated to extract more power than the Porsche Panamera Turbo which was powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 550 PS of power and 770 Nm of torque, in the current model.