Porsche proved the powerful potential of the new Panamera even before the car's world premiere: with a slightly disguised test pilot of the production car, Lars Kern (32) made a full tour of the legendary Nurburgring-Nordschleife with a distance of 20 km in exactly 832:7 minutes. In the official ranking of the Nürburgring GmbH, this time, notarized, this is already a new record in the business vehicle category.
“The improvements in the chassis and drivetrain of the new Panamera have been felt throughout the tour of the world's most challenging racetrack,” Kern said. “In particular on the Hatzenbach, Bergwerk and Kesselchen sections, the new electromechanical stabilization system remained consistently effective and provided the Panamera with incredible stability, despite the uneven track surface. At Schwedenkreuz, the car has improved lateral dynamics and increased traction with the new Michelin sports tires. I reached cornering speeds there that I wouldn’t have believed it was possible with the Panamera.
Even more improvements in comfort and sportiness
“The Panamera has always been both an exclusive road sedan and a true sports car. With the new model, we have further emphasized this, ”said Thomas Freemouth, Vice President of Panamera Product Line. “Along with the increased engine power, cornering stability, body handling and steering precision have also been improved. Both comfort and power benefit from these improvements. The record lap is impressive proof of that. "
With an outside temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, Lars Kern started the loop at 13:49 on 24 July 2020 and crossed the finish line in 7:29,81 minutes. The record-breaking Panamera was fitted with a racing seat and a pilot guard. The notary has also confirmed the serial status of the still camouflaged four-door sedan, which will world premiere at the end of August. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tires, specially developed for the new Panamera and used for the record lap, will be available as an option after market launch.
Approximately 13 seconds faster than its predecessor
The record-breaking tour highlights the overall improvements of the second generation Panamera. In 2016, Lars Kern drove the Eiffel circuit in 7 minutes 38,46 seconds in a 550-horsepower Panamera Turbo. This time was achieved at the then usual distance for record laps of 20,6 kilometers - that is, without a stretch of about 200 meters at Grandstand 13 (T13). In accordance with the new rules of Nürburgring GmbH, lap times are now measured along the entire length of the Northern loop of 20 km. For comparison: Lars Kern and the new Panamera covered the 20,6 km mark in 7:25,04 minutes. Thus, the record car-driver combination was about 13 seconds faster than four years ago.