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For the 2021 model year, the Panamera featured a redesigned front fascia, with a different bumper and lower apron. The previously optional Sport Design front end was featured as standard on the facelifted version. In the back, the revamped light strip ran seamlessly over the trunk lid, with an adapted contour and new LED taillights were installed. The three-piece retractable wing was kept.
The Panamera Hybrid models have their strengths, but there is still nothing quite like the visceral experience behind the wheel of a high-performance vehicle with a formidable internal combustion engine, a formidable unit like the V8 found in the Panamera GTS (short for 'Gran Turismo Sport). It plays a significant role in portraying the character of the sports sedan as a lively performance and yet, family-friendly vehicle.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S is unquestionably a performance beast, with plenty of power and presence to go with its muscular stance. However, the best bit about the Panamera Turbo S may be how it cleverly masks its brute strength and capabilities beneath an elegant layer of the silky-smooth ride and top-class luxury. In that sense, it perfectly fits the bill of a luxury performance sedan - just what Porsche set out to achieve.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The single most important distinction between this model and the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo is the 'E-Hybrid' badging. With the E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, Porsche has been able to combine performance, ample space and fuel economy into one family-friendly package. Like the sedan variant, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is driven by a hybrid powertrain featuring technology from the 918 Spyder.
The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo favours a 'Shooting Brake' style rather than being a pure wagon. This is evidenced by its sloping roofline towards the rear, sacrificing cargo space for a more stealthy profile. In addition, there's the pronounced shoulder and elongated window line, which lend the vehicle its striking appearance. The car slots in just above the base Panamera in a lineup that includes up to twenty-five different variants. The '4' references the standard all-wheel-drive, while the 'Sport Turismo' badging hints at more power and agile handling compared to the base trims.
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Executive
As implied by the 'Executive' designation, this Panamera is tailored to those who love spending time in the rear compartment. It is about 15 cm longer than the standard Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, with most of the extra length dedicated to giving rear passengers more room. Asides from the elongated wheelbase, there's not much to distinguish between the two Panamera 4S E-hybrid models.
This Panamera variant pairs a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with an electric motor to serve up 552 hp and dynamism usually associated with non-hybrid coupes. The best part? The 'E-Hybrid' badging means this sedan also delivers the benefits of greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Then there's the fact that all electrified Panameras for the 2021 model year have 27% more battery capacity.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
There is nothing pretentious about the formidable Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The big sedan is all about serious power, performance and style. It is currently the second-most-powerful car in Porsche’s entire lineup, only behind the 700-hp 911 GT2 RS. Only a few rivals can match the luxury sedan in terms of raw power.
This family car seats five, boasts generous cargo space, and will top out at an incredible 196 mph if the highway is long enough sans speed limits - think the German autobahn! For 2021, Porsche replaced the Panamera Turbo with the Turbo S variant with new design cues like the LED light strip between the taillights alongside some minor interior tweaks.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive
This 'limousine' performance sedan offers the benefits of the non-executive Panamera Turbo S - plenty of power, athletic handling and overall elegance. However, the 'executive' badging means more space on the interior, especially for the rear passengers, courtesy of a wheelbase that's about six inches longer than the regular Panamera sedan. The powertrain is carried over unchanged from the non-executive version.
Under the hood, the Porsche Panamera 4 featured a twin-turbo V6 engine, good for 330 hp. It was carried-over from the non-facelifted version. The 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) automatic transmission was fitted as standard. For the 2021 model year, the Panamera 4 featured a redesigned front fascia, with a different bumper and lower apron. The previously optional Sport Design front end was featured as standard on the facelifted version.
The Executive version of the Porsche Panamera 4 gives you all the extra space with all the same goodness of the twin-turbo V6 engine and its 330 hp of performance. The 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) automatic transmission was fitted as standard. For the 2021 model year, the Panamera 4 featured a redesigned front fascia, with a different bumper and lower apron. The previously optional Sport Design front end was featured as standard on the facelifted version.
The Turismo Panamera models offer more practicality than the sedans, with the wagon body style offering valuable additional cargo space. However, there's also plenty of performance on offer. Take the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, for example. It boasts a total of 1,384 litres with the rear seats folded, ideal for a weekend shopping trip. However, under the hood lies a potent engine in the form of a turbocharged V6 unit.
First, there's the extra boot space, courtesy of the wagon body style. It gives the Sport Turismo models more practicality over the sedans. Also, the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is no slouch in the power department. It combines a 443-hp V-6 with a hybrid system to crank out 552 hp. That makes it the third-most-powerful Panamera variant, behind the Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Turbo S. In full attack mode, this family hauler can punch its way to 60 mph in less than four seconds
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is extreme indulgence at its peak. A family wagon with almost 700 hp on tap and the ability to launch hard enough to strain your back muscles. Porsche claims the car can hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds. It's impressive on its own, but even then, it seems the carmaker was being conservative as some motoring journalists were able to clock a time of 2.7 seconds. That's faster than a Ferrari 488 GTB!
Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
The Panamera GTS Sport Turismo costs only $6,900 more than the sedan variant in base trim. With the same powertrain and better practicality, this performance wagon may just be the most significant direct threat to the Panamera GTS sedan. The extra boot space, up to 49 cubic feet, with the rear seats folded down, makes the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo perfectly suited for a weekend trip to the shopping mall.
The Panamera 4 is the first model in the Panamera lineup to feature all-wheel-drive (evidenced by the '4' badging). A few steps above sits the Panamera 4S, a sedan that offers more oomph in performance. After all, that is why Porsche added the 'S' for 'Sport' to the name. It all starts with the engine. The twin-turbocharged V6 has been upgraded and now puts out 443 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That's a significant increase from the 325 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque offered in the base Panamera 4.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid still gets the 2.9-litre V6 - from the non-hybrid variant - that's good for 325 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. In addition to that, there's an electric motor and battery combo that supply an extra 134 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. In all, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid boasts a maximum combined output of 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, pushing the car well into sports car territory. The car weighs almost 5,000 lbs but will still accelerate to 60 mph in an impressive 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.
The Panamera 4S Executive is just a 'stretched-out' version of the regular Panamera sedan. The wheelbase has been lengthened by as much as 15 centimetres, an increase that mostly benefits the rear passengers. The Panamera 4S Executive sits above the Panamera 4 Executive, and they share several similarities, such as the panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats and power sunblind in the rear. Style-wise, the Panamera 4S Executive also boasts silver accents around the fenders and side skirts.
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive is specially tailored for those who enjoy spending time in the back seat. The body has been lengthened by 15cm, creating valuable space for rear passengers in particular. It's essentially a long-wheelbase version of the Panamera, with enhancements like eight-way power adjustment for the rear seats, heated rear seats, and power sunblinds for passengers in the back.