When the second generation of the four-door Porsche Panamera launches, it will likely be riding a new platform, complete with an all-new family of V6 and V8 engines, according to a report coming out of the UK.

Autocar reports that the so-called MSB platform will likely underpin the Panamera, and it could be shared with Bentley, provided the Volkswagen-owned, British-built brand commits to the architecture. As for the engines, it's reported that they'll have a sportier character than the V6s and V8s being built for Volkswagen and Audi's vehicles.

"Porsche will have its own new V8 that will be common to the new MSB platform," Porsche's chief engineer, Wolfgang Hatz, said. "It's a family for the next 10 years of cars." Whether the V8 and V6 will be used outside of the Panamera line, though, remains unclear. There's also no mention of what place turbocharging would have with the new engines.

Outside of the well-known four-door Panamera, the development of the MSB platform should allow Porsche (and Volkswagen Group as a whole) some degree of flexibility in designing new entries. According to Autocar, that could mean the rumored Panamera Coupe or even a two-door convertible remain a possibility, with the MSB being "package protected" - designed with new body styles in mind.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Jun Jiusi Zheng
      • 9 Months Ago
      Use less cylinder, keep same price, that's classical VW
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jun Jiusi Zheng
        it's possible you missed that anyone else is doing it to meet new emmission standards. unfortunately I believe you were just trying to hate.
      Lucky Stars
      • 9 Months Ago
      Porsche missing the boat here. If they would made this car in a smaller say 185 inch to 190 inch length to compete against c/e class, bmw 3-5 etc they would of had a hot seller if they could of kept price in the 45 to 60 range. This is where the market is and Porsche is starting to get it with the macan which will be its new top seller, a smaller version of this and it would be their first or second best seller
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        the car is a hot seller as it is. there are rumors a smaller version is in the works.
      • 9 Months Ago
      What does MSB stand for?
        • 9 Months Ago
        LMGFY: Modularer Standardantrieb-Baukasten More: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1072469_first-details-on-porsches-modular-standard-platform-msb