The 2016 Porsche Panamera is rumored to share its platform with the third generation of the Bentley Continental.

The 2016 Porsche Panamera is rumored to share its platform with the third generation of the Bentley Continental.

It will be a custom variant of the MSB platform developed by the Volkswagen Group which has a rear-wheel drive and front-engine layout. Both cars will get a drivetrain installed close to the front bulkhead and well within the wheelbase as it's important for balanced handling during high speeds.

MSB will mix high-strength steels with aluminum which will allow the next-gen Panamera to lose some weight in comparison to the 2014 facelift. It will carry on the layout of the current model with four low-mounted seats flanking a central spine which runs through the cabin. Thanks to the low seating position, the Panamera has a lower center of gravity which improves handling and offers a sports car-like experience for those inside the cabin.

As you would imagine, the 2016 Porsche Panamera will make use of more electronic parts and sub-systems of other models within the VW Group. The wide engine lineup will be carried on, including V6 gasoline engines, diesels, V8s, along with a plug-in hybrid model using an in-house developed V6 turbo. The lithium-ion battery pack will lose around 90 lbs (40.8 kg) so the next-gen plug-in hybrid Panamera will be lighter than today's model.

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