The Porsche Panamera range just got a makeover and, even though things look more like a facelift from the outside, that’s just how Porsche does business. Inside the changes are more than easy to spot and the same goes for the specs and engines under the hood. The new Panamera Turbo is a beast, no matter how you look at it, especially when drag racing from a standstill mostly due to its impeccable all-wheel drive system. Therefore, you may think pitting an M4 against it might be a bad idea.
Well, that would be the case in normal circumstances but the race we’re showing you today is not exactly a standing quarter mile run. As the guys from GT Board got us used to, their races are done from a 50 km/h roll. That offers BMWs the chance to nullify the advantage all-wheel drive cars would have against them. And in the case of this race, that may very well be the reason why the M4 managed to pull ahead by the end of the race.
We also have to mention that the M4 we’re looking at here has also been tuned by the guys from AK Tuning, according to the uploader. This way, it seems like the power output was taken up to 490 HP, not a huge figure considering what other tuners are offering, but enough to make a difference. On the other hand, the Panamera Turbo comes with a new 4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine good for 550 HP and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque, allowing it to do 60 mph from standstill in a blazing 3 seconds.
Of course, that doesn’t matter all that much when we’re dealing with a rolling start, as I already mentioned. Furthermore, the weight factor also plays an important part here, as the Panamera is over 400 kilos heavier than the BMW and that clearly shows, as you’re about to see.