We sneak a drive in Porsche’s refreshed Panamera, which receives a mid-cycle sharpening that includes a boost to 700 horsepower for the top Turbo S E-Hybrid.
It’s a year of big debuts for the German auto industry, including a rare overhaul for the Mercedes-Benz S-class. While that Benz will undoubtedly go all-out on luxury, the refreshed Porsche Panamera sharpens its focus on performance. Sure, there are some comfort and convenience upgrades, but who cares about Apple CarPlay when there’s a 630-hp Turbo S? And that’s not even the most powerful Panamera in the quiver.
We had the chance to explore the revised Panamera’s talents when we joined Thomas Friemuth, vice president for the Panamera product line, and a couple of his top engineers for a late round of testing in the Black Forest mountains southwest of Stuttgart.
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