So many loud, high-horsepower machines parade in front of the security guards at Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany, that even a 911 Speedster begins to look a little dull. Arriving to drive 2021 Porsche Panamera prototypes, I pulled up in a two-seater that caught them completely off-guard: a 2007 Renault Kangoo panel van, registered in the French Alps and caked with several layers of my postcard-like region’s finest mud.
I thought they weren’t going to let me in.
Several phone calls later, the gate opened and I parked my farm-spec beater next to a pre-production Panamera prototype wearing light camouflage over its front and rear ends. It never fully revealed itself, but what matters is under the hood. Porsche is expanding the Panamera range with a mid-level 4S E-Hybrid model, and replacing the Turbo with a non-electrified Turbo S that will be sold alongside the Turbo S E-Hybrid. I drove