2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Drops Camo, Gives Us a Sneak Peek in Latest Spyshots

If conspiracy theories on carmakers having a tight schedule for the moments when they allow their future models to be spied are true, it means Porsche has intended for us to kick off this weekend thinking about its next four-door cars.
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While earlier today we showed you the third-generation Cayenne prototype wearing an active rear spoiler, the time has now come to discuss the second-generation Panamera.

We've spied the low-riding Porsche four-door on multiple occasions before, but the vehicle has recently dropped most of its camo, offering us a sneak peek as it was loaded onto a truck.

By the looks of it, we are dealing with a Panamera Turbo here. Starting with the nose of the car, we notice the blades that sit on the sides of the air intakes, a feature we've seen on all recent Porsche novelties.

We can also see the silhouette of the new LED daytime running lights, but as Zuffenhausen aficionados know, the Turbo normally gets a different setup compared to the lesser iterations of the vehicle.

The other important element here is the middle section of the model. When Porsche added the elongated Panamera Executive with the first generation's mid-cycle revamp, the afterthought basically told us the carmaker didn't properly evaluate the rear passenger space when it designed the car.

This will change with the new model, and another important cabin transformation - one we've seen in a previous spyshot series - has to do with touch controls for the center console.

Alongside the normal Panamera, Porsche engineers have also been spotted testing a shooting brake earlier this month. This means Porsche has ignored the risks that are determining Mercedes to drop the CLS shooting brakes over disappointing sales, with Zuffenhausen set to materialize the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept.

Riding on the VW Group's new MSB platform, the next Panamera will share its architecture not only with the fresh Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga but also with Crewe's Continental GT replacement. Chief among the benefits of the fresh architecture will be a weight reduction of over 220 lbs (100 kg).

Under the hood, Porsche is preparing massive changes, as the company has joined forces with Audi to develop a new generation of V6 and V8 units. From electric turbos to a new plug-in hybrid powertrain that will benefit from the development of the all-electric Mission E's production version, expect plenty of goodies.

The second-gen Panamera should greet us at this year's Paris Auto Show in October, as a 2017 model, but don't expect the Turbo to be unleashed until next year.
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