The latest model in the Porsche family, the Panamera Turbo, has tamed the 20.83km Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in a mere seven minutes and 39 seconds driven by Porsche test and development driver Lars Kern, making it the world’s fastest luxury saloon.
Not only did the Panamera beat the previous record holder in the saloon category – the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quafrifoglio – by one second, it also beat its predecessor by 14 seconds.
Porsche had celebrated the world premiere of the new Panamera last month in Berlin.
The previous Panamera had covered the distance in seven minutes and 52 seconds.
For sporty vehicles, their performance in ‘Green Hell’, as the demanding stretch of circuit through the Eifel Hills is called, is regarded as an industry-wide benchmark of power and capability.
A recent impressive performer there was the Porsche 918 Spyder, in which Marc Lieb tamed the circuit in just six minutes and 57 seconds.
Porsche guarantees customers of the Panamera Turbo would enjoy the exact same performance in their own vehicles, as the only extras added to the record-breaker on the Nordschleife were a roll cage and special sports seat for the driver’s safety.
The company said the record is proof that its development team has succeeded in creating a compromise between sporty performance and luxurious ride, fusing the two in one model.
“On the one hand the Panamera is a comfortable luxury saloon, while on the other it is a thoroughbred sports car.
“The impressive time shows what the vehicle is capable of on the performance front,” said head of the Panamera Model Line Gernot Döllner.
Kern said he was thrilled by the way it feels to drive the sporty saloon, describing it as a perfect drive.
“The engine delivers an incredible amount of power, yet is nevertheless controllable – the car is perfect to drive!” he said.
Catch the record-breaker for yourself in the video below: