Porsche completes final shakedown testing of the second-generation Porsche Panamera Turbo at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed with Patrick Dempsey at the wheel in preparation of the unveiling of the car this coming Tuesday
In preparation for the online unveiling of the Porsche Panamera online this coming Tuesday, Porsche did some final testing of the second generation Porsche Panamera yesterday.
Racer, team manager, and actor Patrick Dempsey drove a Porsche Panamera Turbo up the most famous driveway in the World, the one leading up the Goodwood Estate for the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Patrick Dempsey drove the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo without any camouflage up the 1.16-mile long combination of short straights and challenging corners.
A New V8 Biturbo Engine for the Porsche Panamera Turbo
The new second-generation Porsche Panamera Turbo has a new 4.0-liter biturbo engine putting out up to 550 horsepower. With Porsche assigned responsibility for eight-cylinder power plants with the Volkswagen family of automotive companies, the same engine will find a way into the current second generation Bentley Continental GT that is currently undergoing testing.
Porsche Panamera design features
The upcoming second generation Porsche Panamera sport new LED headlights and taillights. It also features a sleeker design over the first-generation model it replaces. This is particularly noticeable in the rear quarter panel, which is much smooter and more closely resembles the rear end of the current generation Porsche 911.
The upcoming second-generation Porsche Panamera will be available with several different kinds of gasoline engines and at least one hybrid version as well. It remains to be seen whether a fully electric version will make its way into the line-up in the coming years, if at all.
Possible future developments for the Porsche Panamera
Porsche has already revealed their vision for a fully electric future with the Mission E electric vehicle. It is designed to fully counter the success that Tesla has had with their Tesla Model S. I would expect Porsche’s fully electric vehicle to be fantastic as they have a great track record with electric systems within their racing program as well as with the Porsche 918.
The upcoming second generation Porsche Panamera will also be available in several body styles including the regular Panamera, an extended wheelbase model and a Shooting Brake or station wagon variant. A shortened wheelbase two door Panamera has also been spotted testing as well raising the possibility that the company will be coming out with a successor to the timeless Porsche 928 or at a minimum, a two-door version of the Panamera.
We will be covering the upcoming world premier unveiling of the Porsche Panamera this coming Tuesday so join us again.