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Video - 2017 Porsche Panamera testing near the 'Ring

Snapshot: The new Panamera is expected to lose around 91 kg thanks to MSB platform.

Porsche is putting the finishing touches on the second generation Panamera which is safe to say will be an all-new model, even though the styling might suggest the chances won’t be that significant. What we have here in the attached footage is a near-production prototype that was spotted on a damp road nearby the famous Nurburgring track in Germany where it’s performing the final rounds of testing ahead of a market launch planned for the second half of next year.

By making the switch to the newly developed MSB architecture, the 2017 Panamera will go through an extensive weight loss program which should remove up to 91 kg compared to the outgoing model and this will be possible by implementing more high-strength steels as well as more aluminum in the car’s construction.

In terms of design, this lightly camouflaged prototype shows a front half of the car with very few cosmetic changes whereas the rear end appears to be considerably sportier as the sloped roofline has created a more dynamic look at the back which should make the new Panamera appear less bulky.

Sources close to Porsche have suggested the new four-door sports car will use a new range of in-house developed V6 and V8 engines while the prototype seen here is believed to be the plug-in hybrid version which will likely be called Panamera S E-Hybrid like the current car. It’s not known at this point what will power it, but a safe bet is an upgraded hardware of the outgoing model which mixes up a V6 3.0-liter engine with an electric motor for a total of 410 bhp.

Porsche has previously announced the second generation Panamera will be showcased in public for the first time at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show set for next March, with sales to begin a few months later.

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