Some new reports are out to help fill some gaps in the Swiss-cheese like stream of information surrounding Porsche’s baby Panamera, the formerly Cajun and supposedly now Macan. As of now, the project is still 100% active as a joint effort with Audi and Porsche’s parent, the Volkswagen Group, though with Porsche in charge of a vast majority of the work.
Supposed details of the baby Panamera’s powerplant have been found as well, which are only a series of V6 powerplants. So anyone expecting a baby-Panamera with a V8 won’t be happy about this.
But so far, the report said that an Audi-sourced 3.0L TDI V6 is most definitely in the mix, offering 260hp for the diesel model and 320hp for the diesel “S” model. Next to the diesel V6 are two gasoline V6s, displacing 3.0L and producing either 320hp and 324 lb-ft of torque for the “S” model, while a twin-turbo version should be good for 420-hp and 413 lb-ft of torque on the “Turbo” version. Two other setups are also said to be added, such as a hybrid version using the 3.0L V6 and a much more potent 520hp and 501 lb-ft version as well.
The baby Panamera is described to be aimed primarily at the Audi A7, the BME 6-Series Gran Coupe, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS while also competing against the Audi A6, the BMW 5-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Two body styles are also said to be available, with one being a five-door coupe-ish version while the other takes after the Panamera with a shooting-brake style.
In usual Porsche fashion, a vast variety of options are expected to be available with the baby Panamera, such as Porsche’s Doppelkungel-doo-hickey dual-clutch transmission, fly-by-wire suspension, AWD, torque vectoring, ceramic brakes et al, all of which will most likely add to steepen the baby Panamera’s price.
Speaking of which, they’re projected to hover around the $80,000 mark while one with all the extras could exceed $130,000. And as of now, the baby Panamera should show itself in early 2016 or early 2017.
– By: Chris Chin