Although the new Porsche Panamera was just shown barely 48 hours ago, the German sports car manufacturer already has bragging rights over any other sedan on the planet.
That's because the flagship Panamera Turbo has turned the fastest lap ever recorded for a production sedan at Germany's famed Nürburgring racing circuit: 7 minutes, 38 seconds. That's 14 seconds faster than the last Panamera Turbo S took to get around the Green Hell and, Porsche says, it just one second faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio that briefly held the record.
The record was set using an unmodified Panamera Turbo riding on street tires. Porsche's new flagship sedan boasts a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine rated at 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. Some critics have suggested that the Alfa Romeo's time was completed on racing tires and with some weight removed from the vehicle, something Porsche was sure to point out in the video it released recently that it did not do.
Porsche is rightfully proud of the new Panamera Turbo. The big sedan sprints to 60 mph from a stop in just 3.4 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package.
The new Panamera is set to go on sale by the end of the year in Germany, meaning that locals now have their opportunity to try to break Porsche's own record.
Good luck to anyone with that idea. You're going to need it.