Next-Gen Porsche Panamera Gets New Engines for MSB Architecture

By Matthew Askari | March 19, 2014
The next Porsche Panamera will employ the automaker's latest architecture, dubbed MSB, and will feature new V-6 and V-8 engines. A recent Autocar report also confirms that one of the V-8 engines will be unique to Porsche.
"Porsche will have its own new V8 that will be common to the new MSB platform," Porsche chief engineer Wolfgang Hatz told the outlet. Hatz said the V-8 would be part of a family for the next decade of cars. Porsche is leading the development of the MSB rear-wheel/all-wheel drive architecture, which will underpin its future models. Bentley, also a part of the Volkswagen Group, may also opt to use MSB, though it could also use the MLB architecture that Audi will use for its larger models. Bentley has yet to commit to either one for the Continental GT or Bentley Flying Spur.
Porsche's current powertrains were developed in-house, before the automaker was wholly owned by Volkswagen. The automaker has built three V-6 engines, including one for hybrid models, and two V-8 engines for the Panamera and Cayenne. And while it would be far off, a convertible Porsche Panamera could also be possible, though Porsche hasn't confirmed anything. Porsche has said the new architecture could support hard and soft-top Panameras. Source: Autocar