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Performance Vs. Poundage: Is The Panamera About To Get Elephant Weight Like The 2025 BMW M5?

It seems BMW's first-ever hybrid M5 might start a trend, enthusiasts won't be thrilled about, and the Panamera might be the next car to grow “fat”

by Dimitar Angelov on July 9, 2024, 21:00

Yes, car obesity is a thing and it seems to be getting worse with each year. With more and more performance cars featuring various degrees of electrification, they become more complex and heavier. The latest offender is the 2024 BMW M5, which tips the scales at an SUV-like 5,390 pounds (2,445 kg). To add insult to injury, the new M5 is slower to 60 mph than the outgoing one, although it picks up the pace after. It seems Porsche is the only carmaker that properly electrified its iconic sports car - the 911 – without compromising its character, but another model of the brand might not be so lucky.

The Porsche Panamera was never a lightweight car

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Heavy-performance cars are not a recent occurrence, especially within the VAG (Volkswagen group). Look at the Bentley Continental GT and its, 5,423 pounds (2,460 kg) curb weight. It seems the range-topping Porsche Panamera could match or even surpass it. The 2024 Panamera is already a heavy car, tipping the scales at 5,302 pounds (2,404 kg). That’s heavier than the all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo GT, which weighs in at 4,925 pounds (2,234 kg).

Model Trim Weight (lbs)
2024 Porsche Panamera Panamera 4,295
Panamera 4 4,374
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 5,016
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid 5,068
Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid 5,302
2025 BMW 5 Series M5 5,390

The 2024 Porsche Panamera puts more emphasis on electrification

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Fear not! V-8 power will still be available for the range-topping Panamera models, but the hybrid variants are getting more electric power. This means stronger electric motors and bigger battery packs. We know the 2024 Porsche Panamera Turbo E Hybrid packs 670 horsepower and 685 pound-feet (928 Nm) of torque. That’s 20 horsepower less, but 44 pound-feet more than the outgoing Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid.

The electric motor in the 2024 Porsche Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid delivers 187 horsepower versus 134 in the outgoing model, while the battery capacity has grown from 17.9 to 25.9 kWh. This also results in better electric range – now 58 miles versus 31 in the old model. We know a bigger battery means more weight, which is why the second-most powerful Panamera is now slightly heavier than the outgoing, most powerful variant. We know it’s a matter of time before the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid arrives, and it should, likely, be even heavier than the 2024 Turbo E-Hybrid.

From 2024 the Panamera goes back to being a sedan-only model. Only the Taycan EV will continue to offer station wagons like the Sport Turismo and Cross Turismo. The hybridization doesn’t stop with the V-8-powered Panamera models. For 2025, you will be able to get the Panamera in two additional hybrid variants, powered by V-6 engines – the 4 E Hybrid and 4 S E Hybrid. The 4 E Hybrid develops 463 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Nm) while the more powerful 4S E Hybrid offers 536 horsepower and 553 pound-feet (750 Nm) while having the ability to travel up to 55 miles on electric power.

How does the extra weight affect performance?

Luckily, it doesn’t. Porsche knows how to make a potent performance car and this also extends to its larger offerings like the Panamera. The 2024 Panamera may be one of the heaviest cars on sale today, but it masks its weight quite well. Big thanks to that goes to the Active suspension. It features dual-purpose, active dampers, which also act as anti-roll bars thanks to each of them having a motor pump. Essentially, this negates the need for physical anti-roll bars like in conventional or even most air suspension systems. Then, there is the mountain of torque throughout the whole rev range and the lightning-fast PDK transmission that contribute to the Panamera’s unmatched athleticism.

Dimitar Angelov

Dimitar Angelov

Dim has been an automotive journalist since 2014. Although he is interested in all things automotive, his main interests revolve around, Asian, classic, and sports cars. He is particularly fond of Porsche sports cars as well as JDM classics from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and others. Dim operates mainly from Bulgaria, but can, occasionally, be seen attending Europe's most reputable Auto shows, and events. Read full bio