We have seen Porsche throw a slightly modified – at least visually – Panamera Turbo around the Nürburgring in recent months. Some of these observations point to an upcoming facelift, but a view from just over a week ago revealed something different. Now a report from GTspirt.com claims to know a little more about what's going on, and yes, it seems to involve more recording attempts at Green Hell.
A small team at Porsche works with a Panamera dubbed Lion designed to show the racing potential of the sedan. In this case, it also means to spin & # 39; Call faster than anyone has ever done. As such, this particular Panamera is said to be 550 pounds lighter, with large amounts of sound-killing materials released from the interior, as well as the sound system, interior panels and seats. The driver holds the station in a dedicated racing site, with a passenger seat from 718 Cayman mounted next to it. There is no name on the back seat, but with the decor apparently closed and a full roll cage installed, it is probably not there.
The report further says Panamera driving sticky street-legal Michelin tires, and its 4.0-liter dual-turbo V8 is tuned to produce 750 horsepower (559 kilowatts). That's a big jump from the Panamera Turbo standard, but it's smaller than the rumors of 820 hp (611 kW) that we heard from other sources. Again, GTspirit.com states that this car is not a hybrid but a pure internal combustion engine performance dynamo. It is possible that a lighter model without the electric help is earmarked to set a track record.
For this purpose, the report states that Porsche clocked an unofficial time of about 7 minutes 11 seconds, which would be fast enough to claim the sedan record. But with the extensive modifications to the interior – not to mention the power upgrade – we suspect it would be a stretch for Porsche to claim some production record unless a special edition Panamera is scheduled for limited edition. Even then, the undressed interior and the lack of four seats appear to be controversial at least .
We reached out to Porsche in hopes of verifying some of the claims in the GTspirt report. We will jump in again with an update if we get an answer.