Porsche has always been a major sports car manufacturer around the globe and a name synonymous with high performance cars. But their decision to diversify and launch vehicles like Cayenne and Panamera caught a sore eye of many enthusiasts and trade pundits. But Porsche being Porsche, set a new benchmark for the sales of both the cars. Infact, both the SUV and the luxury four door sedan were the trendsetter in their respective genre.
In a latest move, Porsche is planning for the next generation of the Panamera, which is being caught testing without much of a disguise. Based on the new rear-drive and all-wheel-drive platform, MSB, the car will get an aluminum body, sportier driving dynamics and sharper looks. The new Panamera will also get an all-new family of V6 and V8 engines which promises strong power delivery, making it the sportiest premium sedan.
The new Panamera will incorporate some weight saving measures, “Weight is our enemy and we are looking for the same percentage of aluminium as on the new 911,” said Porsche technical head Wolfgang Hatz. “If you do nothing, the car becomes heavier and heavier. Comfort always equals weight too.”
To reduce the weight, the company will use a combination of six different material types, including magnesium, multi phase steels and aluminum panels. The aim is to reduce the weight by 50kg, despite the increase in size, which will help in a better space inside and good results in crash tests. This same combination was introduced first on the 911, to enhance its performance.
On the inside, the car will get a new touchscreen that will house some of the buttons that were earlier located on the centre console. The luxury sedan will also get a new engine and transmission system, and the power could be transmitted via the new PDK dual-clutch automatic and manual transmissions.
Porsche is already doing good in terms of sales, and Porsche is in no mood to launch new vehicle, that is why they are coming up with updates for the models doing good.
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