Porsche just recently updated the Panamera last summer, but we’re already hearing whispers of what’s to come for the next-gen model projected for 2017. A recent report from Autocar suggests that there are brand new V-6 and V-8 engines on the horizon. Although these engines will likely make their first appearance in the next-gen Porsche Panamera, it’s a safe bet that the new, sportier V-6 and V-8 engines will find homes in other MSB-platform vehicles under the Porsche and Bentley banners.
“Porsche will have its own new V-8 that will be common to the new MSB platform,” Wolfgang Hatz, chief engineer for Porsche, told Autocar. “It’s a family for the next ten years of cars.”
The highly modular MSB platform will arrive in three variants, known as MSB-M, -F, and –H (mid-engine, front-engine, and rear-engine, respectively), and will be used for several different Volkswagen Group vehicles. MSB-F will underpin the next-gen Porsche Panamera, with the front-mounted engine continuing to support both rear- and all-wheel-drive setups, as well as hybrid power. As an evolution of the current Porsche Panamera platform, MSB will use more aluminum and high-strength steel to shave weight, and push the engine further behind the front axle for better weight distribution.
Based on our earlier report from European bureau chief Georg Kacher, the MSB-F platform should support a range of Porsche and Bentley models. Set to arrive in 2016, the next Bentley Continental will be built on the Panamera’s chassis. In addition to the Panamera, Porsche is reportedly working on a smaller sedan known as the Pajun, which in turn could spawn a small Bentley counterpart.
Porsche recently updated the Panamera for 2014 with upgraded engines, an S E-Hybrid model, new long-wheelbase Executive body styles, and a visual face lift. Current engine options comprise the base 3.6-liter V-6 good for 310 hp, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 making 420 hp in the Panamera S and 4S, a 4.8-liter V-8 putting out 440 hp in the Panamera GTS, a twin-turbo version of the 4.8-liter V-8 producing 520 hp in the Panamera Turbo, and finally an upgraded version of the Turbo’s engine that totals 570 hp. On top of that, the S E-Hybrid combines a supercharged V-6 with an electric motor.
Look for the next-gen Porsche Panamera in 2017, after the Bentley Continental arrives first in 2016.