Porsche Panamera Spied Testing With Center-Lock Wheels

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We last saw Porsche test the Panamera driving a mid-lock wheel in August 2022. A few months later, we saw it again during cold weather development. The company generally reserves this stuff for hotter models like its GT model, so this car may hint at a hotter model on the horizon.

Up front, the development team placed stickers around the headlights to hide their shape. There are panels in the intake corners on the lower fascia, suggesting that Porsche is planning a styling change there.

The center locking wheel is the biggest change along the sides. They feature 10 spokes in the hub which split into a Y shape at the edges. Behind it, perforated brake discs and red calipers are visible. There’s also a panel that hides something on the front fender and a similar piece is on the C-pillar.

Porsche covered most of the rear bumper and the outside of the taillights. The exhaust layout consists of a pair of circular outlets exiting each side with a diffuser in between.

There is no good description of the cabin of this car. Even looking through the windows doesn’t reveal anything significant inside this vehicle.

The styling of this vehicle looks identical to the one we saw back in August. Except, that was previously on the road in the United States, and this car is currently undertaking cold-weather development near the Arctic Circle.

With the center wheel lock and the more aggressive looking design of the front fascia and rear bumper, it looks like Porsche is working on a hotter Panamera. The powertrain is a mystery. The current top of the range in the sedan lineup is the Turbo S E-Hybrid which produces 689 horsepower (514 kilowatts) and 642 pound-feet (870 Newton-meters) of torque.

The launch date for this potentially meaner Panamera is also unknown. The new generation will reportedly launch in the third quarter of 2023 and go on sale in 2024.