Porsche Panamera updated for 2020 – the world’s quickest executive limo?

  • Boosted engines and mild nip/tuck for Porsche’s four-door saloon
  • Hybrid systems improved, too
  • The most impressive executive car around?

Porsche has given its Panamera sports saloon an update for 2020. Porsche’s only four-door car that isn’t an SUV, the Panamera competes with high-performance sports saloons such as the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E 63 – so it’s no surprise that the latest facelift includes plenty of new tech inside and out, as well as significantly boosted engines.

Big improvements have been made to the Panamera’s plug-in hybrid options, too, bringing them right up-to-date and cementing Porsche's position as perhaps the most desirable maker of performance hybrids.

2020 Porsche Panamera rear lights

2020’s update applies not only to the Panamera saloon (which is really a hatchback, if you consider its tailgate) but to its Sport Turismo estate and lengthened Executive models as well. It’s available in 4, GTS, Turbo S and 4S E-Hybrid forms, all offering remarkable performance – as you’d expect from a sports car manufacturer such as Porsche.

Visually sharper all round

Previously, Panameras had to be specially optioned with Porsche’s ‘Sport Design’ bumpers, but for 2020 they’re standard, giving the car a significantly more muscular look thanks to large air intakes, a body-coloured horizontal element to add width and redesigned light clusters featuring horizontal daytime running lights.

Turbo S models are even more striking, with twin DRLs sitting wider apart than they were before.

2020 Porsche Panamera front

At the rear, newly designed LED light clusters are linked with a revamped full-width light strip – again, this is in a bid to add width. The strip runs almost seamlessly across the boot-lid, giving the rear of the Panamera a very Tron-esque vibe, especially at night.

A total of 10 different wheel designs are available, in 20- or 21-inch sizes.

Engine upgrades across the board

While basic Panamera and Panamera 4 models retain the same 330hp, twin-turbocharged V6 engines as they had previously, other models have seen performance boosted. The GTS, for example, now produces 480hp from its twin-turbocharged V8 engine – 20hp more than it did before.

The more remarkable changes are to be found to the Turbo S model, where Porsche has boosted power by a remarkable 80hp to bring a total of 630hp from its 4.0-litre V8. This gives acceleration from 0-62mph in just 3.1 seconds, and a top speed of 196mph.

2020 Porsche Panamera interior

Unsurprisingly, this translates to amazing performance out on track, where a Porsche test driver completed the gruelling Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in 7:29.81 minutes – a new record for this class of car. Make no mistake, this is one seriously quick four-seater.

Tweaks to the chassis compliment those made to the engine range – revamped suspension management tech aims to improve comfort while reducing body lean in fast corners.

Hybrid model features bigger battery

The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid hasn’t escaped adjustment – it now features a bigger battery, improving its all-electric range to 33 miles. It’s not just a green machine, though, with 560hp on tap from its V6 engine and electric motor.

2020 Porsche Panamera interior

With this combo on-board, it’ll cover 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 185mph.

Specs and price

The latest Porsche tech has been applied to the interior, including wireless Apple CarPlay, standard lane-keeping and some glitzy additions such as night vision.

Orders can be placed now, with the range starting at £72,890 for a Panamera 4 and topping out at £135,610 for the new Turbo S. First deliveries will begin in October.

Further reading:

> Best hybrid cars

> Porsche Panamera review

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