Car News 24 Mar 2016

Sneak peak at the new Porsche Panamera

The new Porsche Panamera has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring ahead of its launch later this year. The Panamera range is expected to expand to include coupes, convertibles and a shooting brake variant.

The new Panamera will feature a wide range of technical and styling updates internally and externally, similar to those seen on the new 911. It will receive the newly developed MSB (Modular Standard Platform), an advanced rear-drive and all-wheel drive system. The materials for the next-generation Porsche are designed for weight-saving, featuring a combination of aluminium skin panels, with magnesium and steel parts, keeping the kerb weight around 1800kg.

It is expected that the car will receive a whole new series of V6, V8 and turbo engines that are currently under development, with better power output and performance. A plug-in hybrid model is also likely to be included in the range. New transmissions are rumoured, including PDK dual-clutch in automatic and manual versions.

Based on the spy images, the sporty saloon shows some body changes. It will have a longer wheelbase and tighter overhangs at the front and rear. Styling has been changed to make the car more luxurious. The interior features new wood finish surfaces, a larger gear lever and a new touchscreen centre console.

Pricing and full specification will be revealed at the launch of the new Panamera later this year.