The second generation Panamera must make the most of its new platform, dubbed MSB (Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten, or Modular Standard Platform). It has been designed for a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? If you have thought of a new 928, you are right, according to Motor Trend. The image above is how the American magazine believes the new car will look like. Whatever its appearance ends up being, it will be mechanically very similar to the guy just below.
The first one, also named Typ 970, had an exclusive architecture, the G1, that was created only for the four-door coupé from Porsche. We are not sure developments costs have been covered with the shy sale numbers it has achieved since its presentation in 2009. The British magazine Autocar even said the vehicle would have to share its platform, but that has not happened, as far as we know. This is a mistake a Volkswagen-controlled Porsche will not repeat. And the MSB will make that much easier than before.
As a modular platform, the MSB can have a wide range of sizes. It is just a matter of choosing a different floor pan module for a new 928, for example. Besides underpinning an entirely new 928, the MSB is also slated for Bentley models, such as the third generation Continental. A production version of the Estoque, or of any sedan from Lamborghini, might also be built over the MSB, what indicates development costs have a much bigger chance of amortization than the G1 ever had.
The 928 was a front-engine GT car initially considered to replace the 911 with a more conventional engine arrangement.
It was produced from 1977 to 1995 and was one of the stars of the movie “Risky Business”. It is considered as a one of the most underrated cars in history, even if it had a long life span. Chances are a new 928 would not suffer from the same problem. Considering Porsche is now bringing back some of its most iconic names, such as 718, a new 928 would fit perfectly in the German carmaker’s line up.
The new Panamera will be presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The new 928 will take considerably longer to surface, even because no prototypes have been photographed so far. Or Porsche is hiding them with perfection or no one has been produced so far, what is much more likely.
Source: Motor Trend