Porsche Panamera Turbo with 820 hp on the ring

Tim Upietz
Porsche Panamera Turbo with 820 hp on the ring
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' The sound is brutal, by the way, 'reports our Erlkönig hunter from the route. Anyone who knows him a little better knows that Stefan Baldauf is no longer so easy to impress. An insider from Porsche tells us that the model is a test vehicle that the Zuffenhausen-based company wants to find out how far you can go with the Panamera Turbo. And obviously you can go far, because the model has 820 hp. This puts the over-Panamera 150 hp above the currently most powerful model in the series. The Turbo S E-Hybrid generates 'only' 670 hp.

V8 has been comprehensively optimized

When asked, Porsche admits an output of 'over 750 hp', you don't want more power Leave a Comment. It is confirmed, however, that for the 10th anniversary of the Panamera, the intention was to test the luxury sedan's racing potential. To do this, a project team named “Lion” modified the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo. The intake tract and exhaust system have been optimized for higher throughput, while the air suspension, rear axle steering and roll stabilization have been designed for use on the racetrack. In addition, a new underbody and the modified rear spoiler ensure more downforce.

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The Panamera 'Lion' was lightened by 250 kilos.

To save weight , had to take out a lot: Bose audio system, insulation material, interior trim and massage seats. The Zuffenhausen-based company saved 250 kilos in order to build a 120 kilo roll cage at the same time. There is also a racing seat and a full carbon shell seat for a potential passenger. Via an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, the 'over 750 hp' run to all four wheels, which are covered with roadworthy Michelin Sport Cup 2 wheels.

Spectacular Norschleife lap time

But only one thing counts at the Nürburgring: the Nordschleife time. Test driver Lars Kern let it run on his fast laps - and reportedly chased the Panamera “Lion” through the 20.6-kilometer green hell after 7:11 minutes. Around a second faster than a standard Porsche 911 GT3 and well below the Kern Panamera time from 2016 of 7:38 minutes.

By the way: The findings from the “Lion” project should also be included in the flow into the next generation of the luxury liner - and into other projects.

Because there is still the successor to the Porsche 928. The model has also been wafting through the rumor mill for months and is said to be a Panamera two-door on the shortened MSB Build the platform as a coupé and convertible. Porsche has the BMW 8 Series in its sights. It comes in the M8 configuration as a competition model with 625 PS.


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