One thing's for sure: it won't be mistaken for anything but a Panamera.
Call it bloated. Call it ugly. Heck, even call it a beached whale. Say whatever you'd like about the Porsche Panamera but one thing can't be denied: it's been a phenomenal sales success. With the current and original generation approaching the end of its production lifespan, Porsche is about to put the finishing touches to its second-gen replacement. Due to launch in 2016, the new Panamera will be based on an also new advanced rear-drive and all-wheel-drive platform.
Because it'll still be a large car, many weight-saving measures will be utilized such as significant use of magnesium, multi-phase steels and aluminum skin panels. Buyers will also be treated to a new family of V6 and V8 engines. But weight was the single biggest issue Porsche engineers had to resolve. "Weight is our enemy and we are looking for the same percentage of aluminum as on the new 911," stated Porsche's technical head. "If you do nothing, the car becomes heavier and heavier. Comfort always equals weight, too." Along with that greater content of luxury and safety features, Porsche's goal is to ensure a curb weight of between roughly 3,970 to 4,200 lbs.
The new platform is slightly longer and the front and rear overhangs will be somewhat tighter. Overall dimensions inside and out will still be quite similar to the current Panamera. Porsche chief designer Michael Mauer stated that the exterior design "will still divide opinion" but will be "more attractive." In other words, it won't be mistaken for anything other than a Panamera. Expect the familiar diesel and hybrid engine options to return, as well as the Turbo and GTS high-performance trims. Both dual-clutch and manual gearboxes will be available. Porsche is understandably keeping the best details a secret for now, but we're guessing the 2016 Panamera will have its live reveal next year at Frankfurt.