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2021 Porsche Panamera Updates and New Hybrid Revealed



Porsche have revealed the 2021 Panamera sedan series: The Panamera Standard and 4, the Panamera GTS, the Panamera Turbo S and the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid.
Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo sedan with new styling elements. Credit: Porsche
Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo sedan with new styling elements. Credit: Porsche

Porsche has revealed the new 2021 Panamera sedan series available from Spring 2021 complete with performance upgrades, styling tweaks, and the new electric hybrid 4S E-Hybrid version.

As Porsche’s four-door sedan wagon, the new generation of Panamera has several styling updates, including the SportDesign front fascia (previously optional) as standard and a new continuous light strip that spreads out across the rear of the car, seamlessly connecting the two tail lights.

Upgraded 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine of the Panamera Turbo S. Credit: Porsche
Upgraded 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine of the Panamera Turbo S. Credit: Porsche

Two new colors are also available for the 2021 Panamera – Cherry Red Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic – along with a new 20-inch wheel design and two new 21-inch wheel designs.

The standard 2021 Panamera models now feature a 2.9-liter twin-turbo engine making 325 hp, replacing the previous 3.0-liter single-turbo unit.

Meanwhile, the Panamera Turbo S (that replaces the previous Panamera Turbo) has received an upgraded 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 630hp and 604 lb.ft of torque.

2021 Porsche Panamera Trio
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, Turbo S and 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Credit: Porsche

This new engine enables the Panamera Turbo S sedan and Sport Turismo models to hit 0 to 60 mph, using Launch Control, in 2.9 seconds, 0.5 seconds quicker than the previous Panamera Turbo models. All Panamera Turbo S models reach a top track speed of 196 mph.

The twin-turbo V8 in the sporty Panamera GTS (473 hp and 457 lb.-ft.) also benefits from a 20 hp increase compared to the previous model, and its throttle calibration is tuned to resemble the responsiveness and finesse of a naturally aspirated engine even more closely.

For 2021 Porsche has released a new plug-in hybrid version of the Panamera, known as the 4S E-Hybrid, which features an electric motor paired with a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 engine capable of creating 552hp and 553 lb.ft of torque. In Launch Control mode, the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid can reach 60mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 185mph.

Interior of the 2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. Credit: Porsche
Interior of the 2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. Credit: Porsche

The interior of the latest iteration of the Panamera has also been updated with a newly-designed multifunction Sport steering wheel with shift paddles. The Panamera Turbo S comes standard with a new GT Sport steering wheel with shift paddles wrapped in leather, while it is optional on other Panamera models. Following the GTS tradition, the GT Sport steering wheel and many other interior areas of the Panamera GTS, are covered in Race-Tex.

Panamera and Panamera 4S E-Hybrid models come standard with 8-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with driver memory package. In contrast, the Turbo S models come standard with 14-way electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory. Appropriate to its performance and enthusiast-focused nature, the Panamera GTS comes standard with 18-way electrically adjustable adaptive sport seats. Both the 14-way comfort seats and 18-way adaptive sport seats are optional on other Panamera models.

The 2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Credit: Porsche
The 2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Credit: Porsche

All 2021 Panamera models now feature Lane Keep Assist as standard, a camera system that detects divider line markings on the road and aids the driver to stay in lane by making corrective steering inputs. Traffic Sign Recognition also uses a camera and navigation data to detect road signs, and displays them in the instrument cluster. Like the previous model, the new Panamera can be optioned with a host of assistance systems, including a head-up display, Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Surround View, and Porsche InnoDrive with Adaptive Cruise Control.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo Side Rear View

Pricing and availability
Deliveries of the 2021 Porsche Panamera models are expected to begin from Spring 2021 with pricing set to be announced closer to the date.


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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Inspired by Time & the Universe



The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the universe’s infinite reach and is limited to 20 vehicles worldwide.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Front View
The new limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom “Tempus” is limited to 20 vehicles and is inspired by the concept of time and the infinite universe, with a special focus on a rare astronomical phenomenon known as a “pulsar.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side View
New “Kairos Blue” paint with mica flakes to represent the night sky. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Unknown and undiscovered until 1967, pulsars are found in the deepest reaches of space (the closest is still 1,680 trillion miles from Earth) and are dense, white-hot stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses – making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.

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Only 20 editions will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, the pulsar features as a hand-painted and embroidered artwork across the Starlight Headliner, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights to reflect the white-hot stars.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Headliner
Starlight Headliner with hand-painted/embroidered Pulsar night sky design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Another design element made to represent time is the “Frozen Flow of Time” gallery – a unique artwork built into the dashboard fascia and made of a single billet of aluminum milled to form 100 individual columns, representing the 100-million years it takes for a rotational spin of a pulsar star.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Dash Detail
The Frozen Flow of Time gallery artwork. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has also deliberately removed the clock from this edition in the hope that from within the space they have created, “the outside world and all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Rear View
A place with where time does not exist. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“The events of the past year have caused many people, not least our clients, to re-evaluate their sense of, and relationship with time. At a moment in history when so much in life seems ephemeral, our patrons are seeking solace in the unique timelessness, longevity and permanence offered by a Rolls-Royce motor car,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side Door Detail
Starry light design across the door panels. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“As we all know, time never stands still, waits for no one. Hence, we manage it, guard it, account for it, weigh and measure it to its smallest fraction. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which those structures no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Interior
The Rolls-Royce clock has been deliberately left out of the design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

For the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, a new bespoke paint color known as “Kairos Blue” has been created especially for this model and includes mica flakes to make a slight sparkling effect that mimics the stars of the night sky.

Owners can also choose to personalize their vehicles one step further with a unique engraving on the Spirit of Ecstasy, choosing to remember a special date and location of significance to the client, a marriage, or a birthday.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Console

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Gunther Werks Unveils Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered Edition



Californian-based Gunther Werks has unveiled the open-top edition of its Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered built on the 400R platform.
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The new Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Remastered Edition. Credit: Gunther Werks

Californian-based Gunther Werks are known for some of the world’s most refined 993 air-cooled restomod’s and have now turned their attention to the open-top 993 Speedster Remastered Edition.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Rear Side Right
Only 25 Speedster models will be built. Credit: Gunther Werks

To create the open-top version of their coupe design, Gunther Werks removed the rear seat and, in doing so, had to significantly re-design and stiffen the 993 chassis with a new roll cage and roll hoop system to mitigate common side effects often associated with the removal of vehicle roofs. Now in place of the rear seats is a new carbon-fiber top Speedster top and tonneau cover.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Side View
Rear seats removed and replaced with a new carbon-fiber top. Credit: Gunther Werks

Some of the extensive exterior modifications of the 993 Speedster include a lower rake glass windscreen (which owners can opt to remove entirely, much like the McLaren Elva or Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2), billet aluminum side view mirrors, additional carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and a revised ducktail spoiler with ram air scoop.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Front Side Ride Aerial
New lightweight bonnet design. Credit: Gunther Werks

Under the hood, performance upgrades include revised suspension to improve handling, and a remapped 4.0 liter flat-six engine rebuilt by Rothsport Racing to slightly boost the 435 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque already achieved in the Remastered coupe edition.

New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks
New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks

Owners will also have the option to upgrade to 5 spoke Fuch wheels with center locking mechanisms if several of the forged Gunther Werks wheel options don’t already catch their eye.

Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks
Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks

Gunther Werks will only be producing 25 models of the 993 Speedster Remastered editions to match production of 25 coupe models already underway and is expected to begin production in 2022.

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Netflix Drive To Survive: Season 3 Premiers This March



Netflix has announced the popular Formula 1 series Drive to Survive will return with Season 3 premiering on March 19 this year.
Netflix Drive To Survive Season Formula 1

With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing a curveball on last year’s Formula 1 season, it was anyone’s guess whether racing, let alone filming of the next installment of the popular Netflix Drive To Survive series, would even go-ahead last year.

The excellent news for race-fans is that production company Box-to-Box Films and Netflix have both confirmed Drive To Survive will be returning to Netflix for Season 3, covering all the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the race season as it unfolds amongst a worldwide pandemic.

Netflix Drive To Survive Drivers

Most likely beginning with the last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, it will be interesting to watch the driver’s and team’s reactions and responses as they navigate the best way to move forward through the “unprecedented” events caused by COVID-19.

Of course, other things we all want to know is what’s the latest with Guenther Steiner? What happened behind-closed-doors to see Carlos Sainz Jr take Sebastian Vettel’s spot at Ferrari? And how did Daniel Ricciardo end up at McLaren?

An additional video shared by Formula 1 broadcast journalist and reporter Will Buxton explains how you may have already spotted the Netflix film team throughout the season and explains some of the gear used to shoot the documentary and how they managed filming in the F1 paddock under Covid-19 restrictions.

Season 3 of Netflix’s Drive To Survive is set to premiere March 19 this year, and if it’s anything like last season, will drop all episodes at once for your binge-watching enjoyment.

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