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Since Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its AMG division, it’s safe to assume that a new Vision concept will soon be unveiled. Reportedly, it is going to be a high-performance four-door super saloon that would be pitted against the likes of the 2018 Porsche Panamera and the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.
Mercedes GT 4
For now, the rumored Mercedes-AMG GT 4 is codenamed X290 until its supposed unveiling in 2019. Reports are saying that the super car will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It is scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2019 with a starting price of $148,000. The model will be based on the same Mercedes architecture and platform that are being used on the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants.
There will be two versions of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine available to the market. The range-topping S 4MATIC+ variant will be able to produce more than 600 horsepower. There are also plans to use an integrated starter generator to complement the V-8 engine.
None of these details have been confirmed yet since these are all concept of the GT 4 for now.
2018 Porsche Panamera
The new Panamera ushered in a new exterior and interior designs, a new engine lineup, and plenty of tech goodies such as LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of personalization options.
It currently has two models—the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that can produce 440 horsepower; and the Panamera Turbo with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that churns out 550 horsepower.
2018 Bentley Continental GT
The rumored updates for the 2018 Continental GT aren’t much, except for tweaked styling on the exterior, a new V-8 engine, and an upgraded interior. It apparently packs the shortened version of Porsche’s MSB platform, though the higher-end model will reportedly have a 6.0-liter, W-12 engine. No official word on that, though.
There are reports that the baby Porsche Panamera mule, nicknamed the Pajun, could be the development car for the all-electric Mission E. The appearance of the mule in spy photos proved speculations that the development of the Pajun is back on track after it was shelved in 2014.
Apparently, the Pajun will be arriving in 2019. It is just in time for the planned launch of the production Mission E, which Porsche plans to sell before the end of the decade as a rival to the Tesla Model S. With this coincidence, there are now talks that despite the exhaust tailpipes on the Porsche Panamera mule, this could very well be the foundation for the Mission E.
This isn’t such a surprise as car makers have, for years, tried to lure their competitors through false pretenses. The tailpipes could very well be there to confuse the stockholders in the market, as well as to hide what’s really under the mule’s body.
This latest sighting pushed the luxury automaker company to remain even more mum about the Panamera mule and the possibility that it could be the all-electric Mission E. This attitude has only led sources and experts to believe that the latest photos showed the Mission E in an advanced development stage—road-based testing.
It would only mean that the German automaker is right on schedule to debut the all-electric vehicle by 2019. This would be the perfect time to give the Tesla Model S a run for its money.
We don’t have exact details yet of the technical specifications that the Mission E will come packed with, but expect the vehicle to have a lithium ion battery that can power the car to a range of more than 330 miles. Combined with two electric motors, Porsche’s all-electric car can go 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Isn’t it only this week that Porsche released information about its new Panamera? We argued about the pricing, but here we are releasing details for all the world to see.
Porsche said the Panamera 4S will have a starting price of $100,950. This will even include the destination charge of $1,050.
The Panamera 4S is to be powered by a new 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that produces 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Reportedly, it can go 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds when ordered with the Sport Chrono package.
But for the Panamera Turbo, you’ll have to spend $147,950, including the destination fee. This one features a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that can churn out 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. To save fuel, the Turbo is also equipped with cylinder deactivation system that can shut down four cylinders under light load condition.
The Turbo is expected to reach 60 mph from standstill in just 3.4 seconds. Again, this can be done with the Sport Chrono package.
Aside from the aforementioned features, the Turbo will also be packing new three-chamber air suspension and 20-inch wheels compared to the 4S’ 19-inch ones. For those looking for bigger wheels, Porsche has a package with 21 inches.
Inside, there’s a four-zone climate control system that can also be controlled by rear passengers, thanks to a rear control screen that also displays infotainment functions. This is a cool addition to the already standard panoramic sunroof, massaging seats, ambient lighting, and the Burmester 3D sound system.
Furthermore, the Sport Chrono package includes a launch control, a Sport Plus button to tune the engine and chassis, an analog and digital stopwatch, and a performance display, among others.
Optional to the Panamera are the new Night Vision Assistant and InnoDrive system, which features adaptive cruise control, optimal acceleration and deceleration rates, coasting phases for the next 1.8 miles, and gear selections.
Porsche has finally unveiled its new Panamera this week. The supercar will come with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 550 horsepower on a stylish four-door Porsche.
According to Motor Authority, there’s more to come because Porsche has employed the trickle-down technology that was first seen on the 918 Spyder hypercar. Apparently, there would be a 700-horsepower Panamera version with a hybrid powertrain that combines the V-8 engine with an electric motor.
Speculations said that this Panamera version will be called the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid since Porsche generally uses the Turbo S nomenclature for its top-of-the-lines.
The trickle-down technology mentioned above refers to how the 918 Spyder featured a 4.6-liter V-8-partnered with a pair of electric motors that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
Currently, Porsche is offering a hybrid version of the Panamera, and it has been doing so for quite some time. The current Panamera S E-Hybrid can deliver 416 horsepower from its 3.0-liter V-6 engine and 95-horsepower electric motor.
The company has yet to announce a new hybrid version for this Panamera model, but there has been some spotted testing of what appears to be a fresh Panamera hybrid. Reports said the new hybrid Panamera will be a plug-in version as evidenced by fuel filler caps on both sides of the vehicle (one is for the charging port).
The new hybrid will likely share the V-6 engine with its predecessor. It will be mated with an electric motor, which will have more power than the current S E-Hybrid’s 416 horsepower. It is also expected to be lighter and to have a higher-capacity battery than the previous one’s ability to travel 22 miles on a single charge on a 9.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
The Panamera will hit the European market later this year while Americans can expect it to arrive by January next year.