Porsche is currently hard at work developing its next-generation Panamera sedan, which will ride on a new modular platform called the MSB that will eventually underpin a handful of high-end, performance-oriented models at the Volkswagen Group. According to a new report, the next Panamera will also feature Porsche’s next-generation engines.
“Porsche will have its own new V-8 that will be common to the new MSB platform,” Porsche chief engineer Wolfgang Hatz revealed to Autocar. “It’s a family for the next 10 years of cars.”
Hatz didn’t go into detail but the new V-8 is likely to be a smaller unit than Porsche’s current 4.4-liter V-8 mill, and will almost certainly be turbocharged in some guises. We also know that it will be joined by the automaker’s new 3.0-liter V-6, which was introduced in the 2014 Panamera and will soon be appearing the 2015 Cayenne.
You may be wondering why Porsche would go to the trouble and expense of developing new engines when similar units are already available in the Volkswagen Group parts bin. The key reason is that the Porsche engines are sportier in character than the VW and Audi counterparts.
As for the flexible MSB platform Porsche is also developing, Autocar is reporting that it has not been confirmed yet for any models outside of Porsche. It's currently thought that Bentley will use the MSB for its next-generation Continental and Flying Spur models, due in 2017, but the British automaker still has the option of Audi’s next-generation MLB Evo platform.
The next-generation Panamera, meanwhile, is expected to be revealed in late 2016 before going on sale early the following year, as a 2017 model.