Porsche has expanded its facelifted Panamera line-up two months after its original members were revealed, with the entry-level 4 E-Hybrid and flagship Turbo S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid (PHEV) grades now returning.
With Australian deliveries starting in the first quarter of next year, the 4 E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid returns with familiar powertrains, although both now have a larger, 17.9kWh battery (+3.8kWh) that improves electric-only driving range, but their exact local claims haven’t been issued yet.
That said, the Turbo S E-Hybrid’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 now produces 420kW (+16kW), and when combined with its carryover 100kW/400Nm electric motor, its system outputs are up to 514kW/870Nm (+14kW/20Nm).
Meanwhile, the 4 E-Hybrid once again pairs a 243kW/450Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with the same 100kW/400Nm electric motor for combined outputs of 340kW/700Nm.
Both grades are mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, with the Turbo S E-Hybrid now sprinting from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds (-0.2s) while on the way to its new top speed of 315km/h (+5km/h).
As such, the previously revealed 463kW/820Nm Turbo S is still the quickest member of the Panamera line-up, reaching triple digits in 3.1s, while its terminal velocity matches that of the Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Meanwhile, the 4 E-Hybrid also has improved performance, with it now completing the zero-to-100km/h sprint in 4.4s (-0.2s) and reaching a top speed of 280km/h (+2km/h).
In Australia, the 4 E-Hybrid is once again available in sedan and Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, but both are $6500 cheaper than before, at $245,900 and $253,200 plus on-road costs respectively. And it’s also offered as in Executive long-wheelbase sedan guise for the first time, at $255,400.
Conversely, the Turbo S E-Hybrid is now only available in sedan form, with its Sport Turismo version axed. Nonetheless, it’s been given a massive $46,400 price cut, to $420,800.
As reported, the Panamera’s facelift ushers in the Sport Design front fascia, which is now standard range-wide (excluding Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid) and therefore no longer an option for most variants (it was already fitted to the GTS).
The Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid go it alone with a new, bespoke front fascia featuring larger air intakes and dual foglights instead of single items. It also has a body-colour insert.
At the side, the Panamera has three fresh sets of 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels to choose from, while its rear end features a new tail-light design that’s full-width and incorporates redesigned LED clusters, which are darkened for the GTS.
Inside, Porsche’s PCM multimedia system has been upgraded, with satellite navigation now enhanced with real-time traffic information and over-the-air updates, while wireless Apple CarPlay support is also now in tow, but Android Auto still isn’t.
The Panamera adaptive dampers have been revamped to improve comfort, while tweaked active anti-roll bars increase control. The power steering system has also been given a once-over, while new-generation tyres are fitted.
For reference, the facelifted 4S has also been revealed with a 324kW version of the 4 E-Hybrid’s engine, but it won’t be available locally.
2021 Porsche Panamera pricing before on-road costs
|Panamera sedan||automatic||$199,500 (-$19,100)|
|Panamera 4 sedan||automatic||$209,700 (-$19,300)|
|Panamera 4 Executive sedan||automatic||$219,200 (NEW)|
|Panamera 4 Sport Turismo||automatic||$217,000 (-$19,300)|
|Panamera 4 E-Hybrid sedan||automatic||$245,900 (-$6500)|
|Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo||automatic||$255,400 (NEW)|
|Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive sedan||automatic||$253,200 (-$6500)|
|Panamera 4S E-Hybrid sedan||automatic||$292,300 (NEW)|
|Panamera GTS sedan||automatic||$309,500 (-$57,200)|
|Panamera GTS Sport Turismo||automatic||$316,800 (-$57,200)|
|Panamera Turbo S sedan||automatic||$409,500 (NEW)|
|Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan||automatic||$420,800 (-$46,400)|