Closer look at Porsche’s redesigned, 620-HP Panamera Turbo S performance

Porsche replaces the Panamera Turbo with a redesigned, punchier V8-powered Turbo S for 2021

Engineuprated 4.0L twin-turbo V8
Horsepower620-hp
Torque604 lb.-ft.
0 – 60 mph2.9-seconds
0 – 100 km/h3.1-seconds
Top speed196 mph

Porsche’s 4-door sedan lineup enters 2021 with significant performance updates and enhanced styling, but the big news is really the new and more powerful Panamera Turbo S entry replacing the outgoing Panamera Turbo. Oh, there’s also a new 552-hp Panamera 4S E-Hybrid in the mix but lets stick to the V8 models, shall we.  

Producing 620-hp and 604 lb.ft of torque, the new 4.0L V8 engine powering both the Panamera Turbo S sedan and Sport Turismo models gets a major updates to the crankshaft, connecting rods, timing chain drive and torsional vibration dampers, as well as new fuel injectors and a reduced compression ratio. 

Compared to the previous combustion engine, that’s a 70 horsepower bump and nearly 40 more lb.ft of torque versus the outgoing 550-hp and 567 lb.-ft 2020 Panamera Turbo.

It’s worth noting the new 2021 Panamera GTS also gets a nice 20 horsepower increase from its twin-turbo V8, now putting down 473-hp and 457 lb.ft of torque over the 2019 and 2020 GTS models

New 2021 Panamera Turbo S 0-60 and performance numbers go up

With Porsche’s joyous Launch Control enabled, expect the new V8-propelled saloon to sprint 0-60 in just 2.9-seconds — a 0.5-second increase versus the 2020 Panamera Turbo. The Panamera Turbo S Executive is nearly the same hitting 60 mph in 3-seconds. Top track speed for the Turbo S is 196 mph. 

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Porsche states they’ve fine-tuned each Panamera specifically, where the Turbo S and GTS trims find a little extra love in the performance department which includes improved steering for sharper feedback and increased responsiveness; all models across the lineup do get the adjustable Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard.

Other key Turbo S performance updates

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S front grill
2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Photo: Porsche

While all 2021 Panamera models offer the optional Porsche ceramic brakes (with rotors measuring 420 mm in front and 410 mm in the rear) and 911 Turbo wheels in 21-inches, the Turbo S gets this wheel assembly as standard. A roll-stabilization system, torque vectoring, and new and improved generation of tires round out the Turbo S’s setup.

2021 Panamera release date

Orders for the new-generation of Panameras open up early 2021, with deal deliveries slated for Spring 2021. Pricing hasn’t been announced but we expect a decent price bump for the new Turbo S over the outgoing Turbo’s $153,000 MSRP. 

Shopping for a used Panamera? Check out our past reviews here.

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