The new Panamera sets another benchmark on the race track
The new Panamera Turbo S has showcased its track capability with a lap time of 1:31.51 minutes at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
The new 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S has set another benchmark on the racing track. After achieving a then-record lap at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife before its official unveiling late last year, the car headed to the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta where driver Leh Keen lapped the course in one minute and 31.51 seconds.
“The engineers found a perfect balance,” said Keen, after taking to the four-kilometre track. “They really made it feel small and sporty. The stability gave me a ton of confidence to use every bit of the asphalt and curbs. And yet the car has a completely different and more refined and relaxed character on the highway – an amazing combination.”
Porsche Cars North America took the 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S to its local track to prove its significantly enhanced driving capabilities over the course of four kilometres. The achievement follows the benchmark lap time achieved by the Taycan Turbo S at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta last year.
The new car includes an extensive list of performance-oriented standard equipment that helps in highly dynamic and demanding driving scenarios, such as Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+), rear axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport roll-stabilisation system (PDCC Sport).
To further improve its performance, the Panamera Turbo S was fitted with optional newly-developed road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport cup 2 ND0 ultra-high performance tyres. They are sized 275/35 ZR 21 103Y XL at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 108Y XL at the rear. Bearing the typical Porsche “N” designation signifying a co-development between Porsche and the tyre manufacturer, this tyre was tuned at the Nürburgring specifically for the Panamera and its customers and will be available via the Porsche dealership network.
Panamera Turbo S fuel consumption combined: 10.8 - 10.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 247 - 245 g/km