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  • Porsche has set a new executive-class lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the upcoming 2021 Panamera.
  • Porsche won’t yet reveal which Panamera model achieved the record or give any additional details on the new car’s powertrain—but we think it was a Turbo S.
  • The new Panamera lapped the Green Hell in 7:29.81 with Porsche test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel.

    The 2021 Porsche Panamera has set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for executive-class cars, a category used in Europe that also includes the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the BMW 7-series. The new Panamera, likely a powerful 620-hp Turbo S model, lapped the 12.9-mile course in 7:29.81 with Porsche test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel. The 2021 Panamera is scheduled to make its official debut later this month.

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    That does not make it the fastest four-door around the Green Hell, though. That title goes to the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which lapped the ‘Ring in 7:18.36 in 2019. However, the Jag is in the midrange class, which includes cars such as the BMW 3-series and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. It did beat the previous executive-class record holder: the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, which lapped the course in 7:25.41 in 2018.

    Porsche has only revealed a few technical specs on the new Panamera, including that most models will have a slight increase in power (the top Turbo S E-Hybrid will reach the 700-hp barrier), and it’ll get enhancements to its cornering stability, body control, steering, and chassis. The car that set the record was also equipped with Porsche’s active anti-roll bars and new sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, which will be optional at launch, as well as a racing seat and a safety cage.

    We’ll learn more about the 2021 Porsche Panamera at the end of this month, and it should arrive in the U.S. by next year starting at just under $90,000.

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