2016 Porsche Panamera – latest spy pictures preview hybrid edition
brand-new Porsche Panamera will launch in 2016
The 2016 Porsche Panamera has been spotted testing on several occasions, with the hybrid design the latest to be spied
The next-generation Porsche Panamera has again been spotted testing again, with the hybrid design spied for once. the vehicle has been seen on several occasions at This kind of point, ahead of a planned launch in late 2016.
The hybrid design prototype appears little different to the conventionally powered versions, with the smaller ‘hybrid’ sticker inside right-hand front window the only visible difference. that will was seen testing as part of a group of Panameras that will were out as well as also about in southern Europe.
Based on a brand-new, advanced rear-drive as well as also all-wheel-drive platform, dubbed MSB, the Panamera will incorporate multiple weight-saving measures as well as also an all-brand-new family of V6 as well as also V8 petrol engines that will promise a muscular power delivery to cement the Panamera’s position as the earth’s sportiest premium saloon.
The template for the brand-new Panamera is actually based on the technical as well as also design advances introduced on the latest 991 series of the 911, which incorporates six different material types – including magnesium, multi-phase steels as well as also aluminium skin panels.
These brand-new materials helped to reduce the kerb weight of 911 versions by up to 45kg, despite a significant increase inside car’s overall dimensions, more stringent crash test standards as well as also a higher level of standard equipment.
“Weight is actually our enemy as well as also we are looking for the same percentage of aluminium as on the brand-new 911,” said Porsche technical head Wolfgang Hatz. “If you do nothing, the vehicle becomes heavier as well as also heavier. Comfort always equals weight, too.”
Without the high proportion of aluminium structure as well as also Centeng panels, the latest 911 would likely have put on about 60kg, according to Porsche’s own estimates.
Applied to the Panamera, these weight-saving measures are understood to ensure that will its kerb weight stays at about 1800kg to 1900kg. This kind of is actually despite a greater content of luxury equipment as well as also a brand-new, non-regulatory US narrow-overlap crash test championed by consumer groups.
The brand-new Panamera is actually understood to sit on a slightly longer wheelbase as well as also have marginally tighter front as well as also rear overhangs than the current design. However, the overall dimensions remain broadly similar as well as also the Indoor offers comparable accommodation.
A significant part of the programme is actually the external redesign, which is actually aimed at improving the current car’s polarising looks.
Design chief Michael Mauer told journalists at the Paris motor show in October last year that will the styling will “still divide opinion” yet will be “more attractive”.
Mauer said: “You have to recognise that will is actually the brand-new one, yet as well recognise that will that will is actually the successor. So the vehicle will look different. that will will look better, yet you will immediately see that will that will is actually the Panamera.”
Prototypes scooped testing appear to be strongly influenced by the latest 911, particularly the haunches over the rear wheel arches, which are emphasised by more pronounced creases on the brand-new Panamera.
Mauer also said the rear screen will be reclined at a “faster” angle, meaning a more raked fastback shape.
Porsche is actually also understood to be planning a redesign of the Indoor as well as also moving some of the functions clustered on buttons around the centre console to a central touchscreen, a current trend in Indoor design. Evidence of This kind of can be seen in our latest spy pictures, which are visible by scrolling through the carousel, as well as also which include shots showing a less cluttered area around the gearlever.
Autocar understands that will the brand-new family of V6 as well as also V8 petrol as well as also turbo engines currently under development is actually tipped to be one of the brand-new Panamera’s standout features.
brand-new by the ground up, the next Panamera has been the subject of significant investment to ensure that will that will includes a unique, sporty character. The programme fought off the alternative within the Volkswagen Group of merging development of the Porsche/Bentley V8 with the Audi unit to save money.
brand-new engine test cells have been installed at Weissach as part of an annual £60 million investment programme, as well as also these will ease the brand-new engines into production.
The concentration of This kind of brand-new engine development work at Weissach is actually partly responsible for the large influx of brand-new engineers at Porsche, whose total workforce has risen to about 20,000 by 12,000 in just three years.
As well as the petrol V6 as well as also V8, the MSB platform is actually being engineered around a diesel V6 as well as also the hybrid.
The diesel will continue to be an Audi unit that will Porsche modifies for the Panamera, eased by the close proximity to Weissach of Audi’s diesel development operation.
Significantly, Bentley has finally decided to join the MSB programme to underpin the successors to the Continental as well as also Flying Spur. This kind of means that will Porsche is actually ‘package protecting’ the brand-new platform for a 12-cylinder engine.
Porsche is actually also working on a brand-new range of transmissions, understood to be PDK dual-clutch autos as well as also manuals, although details are scarce.
Whether or not the Bentley will retain its ZF eight-speed torque converter automatic has yet to be confirmed. yet given Bentley’s focus on refined as well as also reserved power, that will seems likely.
Porsche is actually not yet committing in public to different variants of the Panamera, yet sources have revealed that will two-door coupé as well as also convertible versions, which can share their engineering with the brand-new Bentley Continental GT as well as also GT Convertible, have been package protected.
This kind of means that will construction details for the two-door Centeng styles, such as stiffening of the bodyshell for the convertible as well as also stowage space for the hood, have been built into the engineering concept design, even if the production investment has not yet been committed.
However, they may well be integral to Porsche’s plan to raise production to 0,000 units a year by 2018, together using a promise to launch a brand-new design each year until then.
Bentley’s involvement inside project will also help Porsche to engineer these spin-offs, because its three-box designs incorporate a rear bulkhead essential to stiffen the structure of an open-top design. The four-door Panamera’s fastback design, with its estate-style folding rear seats, doesn’t contain the necessary bulkhead.
The green light for the two-door Panamera family at This kind of point hinges as much on Porsche’s engineering capacity as on the projected market demand.
Having launched the carbonfibre-tubbed 918 Spyder as well as also the Macan SUV in just a handful of years, engineering teams want to return their focus to the existing range, which will need updating as well as also replacing.
A brand-new Cayenne, for example, based on the same architecture as Audi’s brand-new Q7 as well as also Bentley’s upcoming Bentayga SUV, also has to be readied for production alongside the brand-new Panamera.
Hatz said: “At the moment we are on full load, even overload, so let’s do the homework which we have to do. We have had a great deal of development inside past four years. at This kind of point we have to stabilise This kind of.”
In fact, such is actually the workload on Porsche’s engineers that will sources in Germany report that will much of the detailed production engineering of the brand-new Panamera has been contracted out to consultants to open up capacity for Porsche’s own engineers to work on different projects.
Q&A with Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche board member for R&S, VW Group head of engine as well as also transmissions
Will the brand-new Panamera be ready in 18 months?
We are inside middle of the development as well as also that will is actually some time to SOP [start of production]. is actually that will 18 months to SOP? No, longer than that will.
The brand-new 911 uses aluminium extensively in its Centeng. Will the Panamera follow that will lead?
Absolutely, we will do. The same percentage as the 991? I think more.
What sort of weight saving can we expect?
at This kind of point we have to do the next step, yet that will will not be 50kg just by the Centeng. We have to save by each component as well as also each part.
The 918 Spyder uses a carbonfibre tub. Can This kind of technology trickle down to the 911 as well as also Boxster?
The 918 Spyder is actually very Iightweight, yet at a high cost point. Carbonfibre will not be ready inside next 10 years for a volume production car.
What is actually the production future of a Panamera coupé, a brand-new 928?
I like that will very much. yet inside last three years, we have done the 918 Spyder as well as also the Macan, all on top of what was planned. We have big programmes on powertrain as well as also transmissions – all brand-new. as well as also we did the 919 race car by zero. that will’s a big effort by my team.
What about a plug-in hybrid sports car in future?
Our biggest enemy on a sports car is actually weight. The battery, cooling, plumbing, wiring, electric motor as well as also ECUs add 320kg to the 918 Spyder. Take that will out as well as also the vehicle would likely weigh close to 1300kg, including liquids. that will would likely be the lightest supercar inside earth.
Can you solve This kind of problem?
The technology has to become lighter, with reduced cost, complexity as well as also so on. We have to work on that will as well as also, inside end, we can do that will if we work on that will.
Could we see that will on the next 911?
This kind of technology can reduce CO2, yet that will has to be fun to drive or the customer won’t buy that will as a Porsche. We’ll only do a plug-in hybrid if that will adds performance, despite the weight. We will not do an ‘eco 911’.
When will we see the brand-new flat four turbo in a Porsche?
We are running [that will] in test cars, yet we are yet to decide when we will go into production. yet downsizing is actually a fact. that will can be fun to drive.
Will turbos take over by naturally aspirated engines at Porsche?
We will leave the customer a choice. A high-revving, normally aspirated [engine] is actually still something emotional. Most likely, we will have both options.
Will manual gearboxes be available in future versions?
For ever, I don’t know. yet for the next-generation versions, we will have a manual. I’m talking out to 2020.
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