Originally thought to be too big of a departure for the storied sports car brand, the Panamera Turbo launched Porsche into the luxury sedan marketplace–allowing its high-performance ethos to reach a new audience. The super-sedan’s speed-focused Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid 2021 Panamera Turbo S take it into a new era, with 689-hp and 620-hp powertrains. The Panamera Turbo S range is not as agile as Porsche’s sports cars but it holds its own against sedans like the Audi RS7 and BMW M5 as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT63. The interior is well-designed and well-equipped, although the most expensive features are more costly. There is plenty of space in the Executive long-wheelbase models. The Panamera cleverly conceals a large cargo area beneath its sloped hatchback, giving you plenty of space for your luggage. You want even more functionality? We review the Panamera Sport Turismo model with wagon body, which we also review.
What’s new for 2021?
The Panamera lineup has been given a visual overhaul by Porsche. It features a sportier front and rear-end styling, an LED strip between the taillights and some minor tweaks to its interior. The new Turbo S model replaces the last year’s Turbo. It is powered by the 620-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine from the previous Turbo. The S E-Hybrid model now has 689 horsepower and receives a power boost in 2021.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has more power, acceleration and fuel economy than the Panamera Turbo S. However, it is also significantly more expensive. If the price increase doesn’t bother you, then go for it. The 620-hp Turbo S can reach 60 mph in under three seconds and offers more balance between performance and price. The Executive model has a six inch longer wheelbase and significantly more legroom in the rear. We also recommend the Sport Chrono Package which adds a Sport Plus Mode to increase performance.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
The Panamera Turbo S has a long, twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 motor that produces 620 horsepower. Standard features include an eight-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive. Porsche claims the car can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Executive models, which are slightly heavier, take tenths of a second longer to achieve the same speed. The Panamera Turbo S’s adjustable air suspension, large brakes and huge tires provide superb handling and precise steering. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s power and performance is incredible, with 689 horsepower. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid uses the same twin-turbo V-8 4.0-liter engine as the Panamera Turbo S. However, Porsche has added an electric motor to increase the horsepower. The hybrid system can reach speeds of up to 83 mph, without the need for a gas engine. It also has a pure electric range exceeding 20 miles. You can use the hybrid system in either a battery-saving mode, which only burns gasoline, or both. It is extremely smooth to use and can be charged in less than 2.5 hours if plugged into a 30-amp, 240-volt source. The new Taycan is a great option for those in this market who are looking for an all electric Porsche.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
It’s both a hybrid and hatchback but you won’t be able to mistake the fuel economy of the 2021 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with that of a Toyota Prius. Turbo S’s twin-turbo V-8 consumes fuel quickly. However, the E-Hybrid version provides the best fuel economy for driving around town. The EPA estimates that the nonhybrid model will achieve 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. These numbers are slightly lower than the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, but still provide a good fuel economy. Visit the EPA’s website for more information.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Panamera Turbo S’s driver-focused cabin is designed to allow you to sit low, just as you would in a true sports sedan. In the grand Porsche tradition the ignition is located to the left side of the steering wheel. Even for taller drivers, it’s very spacious inside. The rear-seat space is generous in Executive models that are six inches longer. Executive models offer more legroom than limos. The Turbo S offers 17.6 cubic feet of cargo area and a large trunk. Everything inside the Porsche feels and looks just as expensive as its price tag. The standard features are extensive and appropriate for this class. However, there are many options available. There are many upgrades available, including leather-covered climate control vents and a fire extinguisher. There are many practical options, including ventilated seats and soft-close doors. The optional sport seats are perfectly shaped and can be adjusted in 18 ways. The Panamera’s minimalistic, clean-looking center console looks almost like an Apple device. Although the all-touch system is a bit cumbersome and frustrating while driving, you quickly get used to it.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The 12.3-inch touchscreen, which is very Apple-esque, sits in the middle of the Turbo S’s dash. The infotainment system for the sedan is not as intuitive as it should be. The system offers standard features like Apple CarPlay integration, navigation and Wi-Fi hotspots, but the menus are too complicated. It could have been simpler to use, which can make it distracting while driving. It is not possible to use Android Auto and wireless phone charging. The Panamera’s digital gauge cluster syncs with CarPlay, which allows it put navigation maps ahead of the driver. It’s pretty cool.