It’s the record for the sophisticated, the regal, those that are a little bit fancy, but those that still want to feel the wind in their hair as they take out the “executive cars” lap record at the legendary Nürburgring circuit.
Over a distance of 20.832 kilometres in 7:29.81 minutes, the new Panamera from Porsche, driven by test driver Lars Kern has flown by the previous record by 13 seconds. Underlining the comprehensive enhancement of the second Panamera generation, the previous edition from 2016 could only muster a 7:38.46 in the Eifel region.
“The enhancements made to the chassis and the powertrain of the new Panamera were always noticeable during this lap on what is recognised as the most demanding race track in the world,” said Kern.
“In the Hatzenbach or also Bergwerk and Kesselchen sections, in particular, the new setup of the electromechanical roll stabilisation system remains consistently effective and provides the Panamera with incredible stability in spite of the bumpy track surface. At the Schwedenkreuz, the car benefited from the improved lateral dynamics and the increased grip of the new Michelin sports tyres. I achieved cornering speeds there that I would not have believed possible with the Panamera.”
To put the Porsche Panamera Nürburgring lap time in perspective, the fastest lap held by a Porsche is held by the 918 Spyder at 6:57:00. The fastest lap time ever, however, that’s held by the NextEV Nio EP9 at 6:45.90. The Porsche Panamera is by no means the fastest car out there, but when you consider that this is “an exclusive touring saloon and a true sports car at the same time,” it’s hard not to believe the proof like Thomas Friemuth, vice president product line Panamera.
“Alongside the increased engine power, improvements have been made in the areas of cornering stability, body control and steering precision. These enhancements benefit both everyday comfort and performance. The lap record is impressive proof of this.”