2017 Porsche Panamera Leaked-02

Here are what looks like official images of the 2017 Porsche Panamera, circulating online. The second-gen Panamera, claimed to be “the fastest luxury sedan on earth”, is set to make its debut next week in Germany.

These leaked studio pics are of the Panamera Turbo model, which we now know will be powered by a 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 engine. That’s downsized from the current Turbo’s 4.8 litre V8, which puts out 520 hp and 700 Nm, or 570 hp/750 Nm (800 Nm overboost) in Turbo S form.

There may or may not be a power hike, but the new Panamera set to be lighter. Following Porsche’s latest trend, the second-gen Panamera, which sits on a new MSB platform, is set to use plenty of aluminium in its body to reduce weight. The ratio will be at least as high as that of the latest 911.

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“Weight is our enemy and we are looking for the same percentage of aluminium as on the new 911. If you do nothing, the car becomes heavier and heavier. Comfort always equals weight, too,” Porsche technical head Wolfgang Hatz told Autocar.

From what we can see, the new Panamera will not be mistaken for any other car on the road, but it does appear slimmer and significantly sleeker. “You have to recognise it is the new one, but as well recognise that it is the successor. So the car will look different. It will look better, but you will immediately see that it is the Panamera,” Porsche design boss Michael Mauer was quoted as saying. Agreed.

Plenty of LEDs up front, including the four-point LED DRLs seen in the latest crop of Porsches. At the back, the slim 911-style tail lamps are joined by a red strip and four exhaust pipes show intent.

There are two interior shots and one shows the new instrument panel. While the layout is typically Porsche with cascading dials, the new Panamera sports only one analogue dial – the central tachometer – flanked by digital meters that should be customisable.

The other pic is of the rear section’s two individual seats, which sandwich a control panel. The latter is a combo of physical buttons and a touchscreen. Speaking of that, the dashboard could get a large central touchscreen that looks like this.

Porsche has officially released a new teaser video of the Panamera, which is inserted below. Not long now.

GALLERY: Spyshots of the new Porsche Panamera