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Updated Porsche Panamera Turbo spied undergoing testing

Porsche’s sporty four-door is already up for a mid-life update

Porsche might appear to be solely focused on getting its new all-electric Taycan ready before its Frankfurt review, but not to be outdone, the four-door Porsche with a somewhat more traditional drivetrain is also receiving attention, with the Panamera and all of its derivatives approaching a mid-life update.

Looking at the development vehicle in these images, we suspect that this is a Turbo S E-hybrid model, down to the twin bar-style running lamps, split wing (specific to GTS and Turbo models) and those telltale ten-piston carbon-ceramic brakes obvious in a lurid green paint finish. As expected, new for this Panamera at the front is that bumper, with a more open design doing little to hide the charge coolers behind. All three standard, Turbo and Sport Design bumpers are expected to be given a refresh.

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At the rear, the Panamera’s light bar is now thicker and more defined, similar in principle to the updated Macan’s rear light treatment, but otherwise the car should maintain its chunky, but still sophisticated and expensive-looking, aesthetic. The lower bumpers are also due for a slight change, with subtly reshaped exhaust outlets.

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Outside of these obvious visual changes, little else is known about the technical revisions expected, but with Porsche’s rapid development in electrified powertrains, we suspect the hybrid models might gain some updated hardware, and possibly a bigger battery capacity.

As the current-generation Panamera is now up to full strength model-wise, these updates should spread right across the current range, including to the Sport Turismo model. Although the Panamera will still top Porsche’s passenger car range, the incoming all-electric Taycan will offer a very interesting counterpoint to the traditional V6 and V8-powered saloon and estate, possibly becoming a new enemy within. Expect the new Panamera to appear next year.

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