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2017 Porsche Panamera breaks Nurburgring lap record (video)

Following the debut of the 2017 Porsche Panamera, it seems the new sports sedan is officially the fastest four-door production sedan around the Nurburgring.

2017 Porsche Panamera-Nurburgring

Porsche says on its YouTube channel that the new Panamera is the “fastest luxury sedan on earth”, posting a Nurburgring lap time of just 7 minutes and 38 seconds.

This sort of time puts it on par with cars such as the Lexus LFA (7:38), Ferrari 458 Italia (7:38), and the 2009 Nissan GT-R (7:38), according to Wikipedia. In fact, the closest four-door sedan, as far as we know, is the previous record-holding BMW M5 which posted a time of 7:55.

The record time was achieved using the new Panamera Turbo, which showcases a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 404kW and 770Nm. It’s able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds (3.6 with optional Sport Chrono pack).

Porsche Australia has confirmed the new model range is available to order now, with first deliveries commencing early in 2017. Click play below for a snapshot of the record lap.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.