Porsche CEO Matthias Müller has already promised the world a more, erm, “agreeable” looking next-generation Porsche Panamera. That’s reason enough to celebrate, but Motor Trend has reported on still more, exciting details which have emerged regarding the future 2017 model.
Of course, we already know that the next-generation Porsche Panamera will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB platform, shared with other large VW Group models like the Audi A8. But in addition, Motor Trend has reported on a forthcoming family of V6 and V8 powerplants, likely with both normally-aspirated, and turbocharged, variants. They will most probably be related to the new Cayenne’s and Macan’s turbocharged 3.6 liter V6 mill.
The next-generation Porsche Panamera will also continue the diesel and e-Hybrid options, and the internal combustion engines of both will remain V6s. Weight-saving materials (aluminum, magnesium, etc.) are also in-store for the next-generation car, so that performance and structural rigidity will increase without adding weight.
Most surprising of all the news is the speculation that two-door coupe and convertible versions of the next-generation Porsche Panamera could arrive, at a date likely sometime after the sedan’s launch. The proposed two-door versions could likely share parts with another Volkswagen Auto Group luxury car: the next Bentley Continental GT.
While the idea of a next-generation Porsche Panamera with fewer than four doors may sound absurd, it’s worth recalling that the current car – along with the Cayenne and Macan – have successfully proven the viability of modern, front-engined Porsches against all odds. Perhaps there’d be a market for it after all…