2021 Porsche Panamera luxury car revealed: price, specs and release date
The Porsche Panamera gains a boost in power, a new hybrid option and subtle exterior tweaks as part of a mid-life refresh...
On sale: Autumn | Price from: £69,860
The Porsche Panamera is the car for keen drivers who don't want to compromise, and have the money to ensure they have the best of both worlds when it comes to driving, because it's a family-friendly four-seater with the performance and handling of a top-notch sports car.
For those wanting to travel at breathtaking speed in the lap of luxury, and have enough room for the family and their luggage, the Panamera has been a tempting prospect for the past decade. Now the German car maker has given its luxury four-seater sports car a makeover that adds even more power to the hottest Turbo S version and brings a new plug-in hybrid model to the line-up that is more powerful and more economical with up to 30 percent more pure electric range.
On the outside, the previously optional Sport Design front end styling has been made standard and new tail lights with a LED strip joining them have been added to bring the styling into line with newer models, such as the Cayenne and 911.
The new Panamera Turbo S gains a completely new front end with larger side air intakes and other design cues to set it apart from less powerful versions.
2021 Porsche Panamera engines
Lower-powered Panamera models are still fitted with the familiar twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine, but the mighty 4.0-litre V8 Turbo has been renamed the Turbo S and treated to an extra helping of power that pushes its output up to a whopping 621bhp and its 0-62mph time down to just 3.1sec. You won’t be surprised to learn that the official WLTP fuel economy for this model is 21.2-22.1mpg.
If you frequently only make short journeys and want your Panamera to be less draining on your wallet, the new 4S E-Hybrid version will travel up to 34 miles on pure electric power before it needs to be plugged in for recharging. It uses the same 2.9-litre V6 engine as lower powered Panameras allied to a 134bhp electric motor that’s integrated into the car’s gearbox. Drivers can choose from one of six driving modes: E-Power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold, E-Charge, Sport and Sport Plus. Although it can be driven gently to achieve a WLTP figure of 94.2-128.4-mpg, when needed to, it can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 3.7sec. Co2 emissions for the new E-Hybrid are around 10g/km lower than those of the outgoing E-Hybrid at 64g/km.
To improve the Panamera's handling and ride, Porsche has refined the standard air suspension, as well as its active suspension and roll stabilisation systems.
Both new Panamera variants can be ordered as standard saloons, in Sport Turismo estate form and as the extended wheelbase Executive model as a special order from a Porsche dealership.
2021 Porsche Panamera interior
Changes to the Panamera’s already sumptuous interior are restricted to improvements to its digital connectivity and assistance systems. The voice control system has been enhanced, and there’s a new road sign and hazard information system along with wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and other smartphone connect services.
Safety has been improved too, with a lane keeping assistance that recognises road signs being made standard, plus a range of other driver assistance options on offer, including lane change, night vision and parking assistance systems.
2021 Porsche Panamera prices
The introduction of a basic Panamera model actually takes the starting price for the line-up down by a few thousand pounds. However, that still makes it around £4000 pricier than higher end Audi A7 Sportback models, and once you move up to the Panamera 4, priced at £72,890, that’s only a couple of thousand pounds less than a Mercedes-AMG CLS.
If you opt for the Panamera E-Hybrid you can expect to pay out just over £100,000 without adding any options, and that price rises to £135,610 for the Turbo S. So whichever way you look at it the Panamera is expensive compared with rivals.
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