The second generation Panamera has just been revealed, complete with record lap run on the Nurburgring, but already the model is reentering the rumor mill.
According to the latest rumor, the Panamera is still under development, because it’s expected to receive later on along the way a flagship Turbo S version (which should be taken for granted) as well as a 700-hp range-topper powertrain that borrows technology from the 918 Spyder (take it with a pinch of salt). A more efficient hybrid version should also come in along the way and we can bet it’s going to use the plug in hybrid technology when it goes on sale. What is more important for us of course are the hotter versions slatted to come sometimes after the Panamera arrives across European dealerships this November. And the most interesting version is going to use the sedan’s biturbo V8 with a hybrid powertrain to deliver in excess of 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts).
Since the tip comes from an unnamed source we’re not vouching for the validity, but the insider adds the hybrid technology would come from the 918 Spyder – and that means electric motors powering the front and rear axle. This arrangement would also deliver a torquetastic 800 pound-feet (1085 Newton-meters), and while no tips on the launch have been triggered, it could arrive before the production version of the Mission E full electric, slotted for 2020. Efficiency implicates another hybrid, paired to the supercharged V6, while the classic range topping version will be the Turbo S model – expected to bring a slight power increase of about 30 hp over the regular Turbo’s 542-hp (404-kW) output.
Via Motor Trend