Porsche has used the Nordschleife for years for testing their vehicles and has recently (late June 2016) announced that their Panamera Turbo has obtained the lap record for production sedans. Yes, a 4-door sedan hatchback!
Its newly redesigned 2017, second-generation Panamera Turbo has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:38.
With a 550 HP, 4.0 liter V8 engine, the lap time improved on the last model’s 7:52 (a Turbo ‘S’ model). Porsche claims that the Turbo was an ‘assembly line’ model with no modifications—other than a driver’s harness and roll-bar—and employed street tires.
The new vehicle is built on parent Volkswagen’s MSB modular architecture chassis, with front engine and rear wheel drive. The base model, the ‘4S’, uses a 2.9 liter twin turbo V6, but both cars make use of a ZF-sourced 8 speed dual clutch transmission.
Stats for the Turbo model include: 3.6 seconds 0-100 km/h; top speed of just over 300 km/h.
Porsche, synonymous with the phrase ‘two-seater’—though the previous Panamera (4 passenger) has been marketed for some time—offers an upgrade to their fans who enjoy carrying more than one passenger. Affordable for some, the newest Panamera will appear in showrooms with a base price tag of around $150,000 US.