Smaller 2017 Panamera Test Mule Spied: Porsche Testing Mission E or 928 Revival?

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With most of the second-generation Panamera line-up having now debuted, you can imagine the tons of questions we asked ourselves when our spy shooters came across a rather odd 2017 Panamera test mule.
The prototype appears to be slightly smaller than the Panamera we've already seen in the wild, but it's too early to get official answers to those questions. Even so, there are two main possible versions here.

The first involves the Mission E. With Zuffenhausen having explained it's all-electric vehicle is set to debut by the end of the decade, it wouldn't be strange for German engineers to start testing the EV, especially since the electron juice hardware would require a longer development time.

After all, we can all remember how an anonymous Porsche product manager called Tesla's Ludicrous mode "a façade" earlier this year, so it's obvious that the Germans fully putting their engineering genius to work while designing the Mission E's production incarnation.

This is a "don't trust your eyes" case

Do keep in mind that the "civilian" appearance of the test car could hide just about anything. By that, we're also referring to a Porscha rumor that's still boiling, namely the revival of the 928.

The automaker has stated the second coming of the Panamera will spawn derivatives. Now, the Porsche Panamera's shooting brake incarnation is certainly coming, but the automaker decided to leave us in the dark when it came to other potential models linked to this story. The most likely version has to do with the rebirth of the old rumors suggesting Porsche is preparing a Panamera Coupe, which would make for a 928 spiritual successor.

After all, the new Panamera will share its platform with the still-testing second-generation Bentley Continental GT, so it would make sense for the German carmaker to add a Grand Tourer to its line-up.
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