2016 Porsche Panamera Digitally Imagined Based on Latest Spyshots

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They say that Porsche designers are among the laziest in the world, but who are "they" to judge. We think the Cayman is much better looking than the Alfa 4C and the Cayenne wears a fitted evening dress compared to the wellingtons of the  Range Rover and the training shoes of the BMW X5. As for the Panamera… well that's a different story.
The current generation is one of the most widely criticized luxury cars made since the old 4-eyed Lexus GS. A bit of nip and tuck for the 2014MY mid-life facelift helped, but only an all-new model can fix the ugly that the Panamera suffers from.

That all-new generation is already testing and expected to come out in 2016 or early 2017. Prototypes have been seen in various stages of development and recently, they've started looking more complete.

Spanish car magazine recently released a couple of renderings which they based on the latest spy photos. The highlight of the redesigned Panamera is an Audi A7-like rear hatch that connects to the rear fascia in a sharp line.

The rest of its design is based on the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept car, including the taillights and headlights.

Whether the Panamera will end up looking like this can be debated, since the final design has not yet been approved. But we're convinced Porsche will not make any mistakes this time around. With so many great flagship models coming out, too much is on the line.

Expected to lose 200 lbs

Aside from getting a new look, the new Panamera will also be lighter. Thanks to its new platform and more advanced materials, the total weight of the car should go down by up to 200 lbs (91 kg).

Also new are the engines. Porsche has already dropped some cool twin-turbo V6 mills into its latest models which will carry over. However, an all-new V8 is the talk of the town right now. The Germans are expected to move away from the 4.8-liter block to something smaller. The V8 engine and new platform are expected to be shared with the Bentley Continental models coming in 2017.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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