Official confirmation is less than a week away, but the 2017 Porsche Panamera is so excited to see its adoring fans that it has broken cover early.
These first images come courtesy of Motor1, and reveal a high-spec Panamera Turbo. These are no grainy, obscured, har- to-define images either, giving a clear view of what to expect from the second generation Panamera.
The new car will be built atop the Volkswagen Group’s new MSB modular platform, developed by Porsche but set to underpin the next generation of large Bentleys, with rear and all-wheel-drive capabilities.
Similarly, under the bonnet of this particular Panamera lies a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine - again lead development of which was carried out by Porsche, for Porsche.
So, despite the similarities with Audi’s own 4.0 litre engine, the two will have little in common, for now at least.
The biggest change of all however, is the way the new Panamera looks. While maintaining the five-door functionality of its predecessor, Porsche has rewritten the style guide of the new Panamera.
The first generation’s awkward hunchback has been smoothed over, the visual weight around the rear quarter panels has come in for some serious slimming, and a more progressive sweep from A- to C-pillar brings a more coupe-like appearance.
Elements from the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept have made their way across to the new Panamera, including the slimline tail lights, sculpted body sides, and flatter headlight housings. The Sport Turismo’s wagon-esque shape has been left on the drawing board though, at least for the time being.
Inside rear headroom is likely to have been trimmed down slightly from the previously cavernous first-gen’s monstrous volumes, but these first images show that rear accommodation will still be more than generous.
The instrument cluster will maintain a central analog tachometer, flanked by a pair of multi-function digital displays for ancillary gauges, as well as navigation, infotainment, and telemetry, depending on how the car is configured.
Full official images and specifications will become known next week, so check in to TMR then for more info on Porsche’s new high-performance limo.
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