New Porsche models?
Now are rumors that the already announced Panamera four-door coupe could spawn a shortened two-door model, giving Porsche a successor to the much missed 928 luxury coupe. The car would be front-engined and powered by V8 engines with power output from 350 to 550 horsepower. It could be ready by 2010, two years after the Panamera, and would compete head-on with the Aston Martin DB9.
Before that, there could be an even more extraordinary new Porsche, an SUV-coupe crossover that mates a 911-style body with a high-riding off-road platform. There’s a precedent for such a car: Porsche has won the Paris-Dakar Rally with all-wheel-drive 911s in the past.
The car is likely to be a result of the continued cooperation between Porsche and VW groups on SUVs, a collaboration that has already given us the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg. Porsche and VW are working together on a new SUV platform that will also be the basis for Audi’s Q5 off-roader. The cars could be ready as early as 2008.
Due out in 2008, the Panamera has been conceived as successor to the 928. Designed with space for four adults, it is also tipped to come clothed in a four-door body in a move that will pitch it into direct competition with cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Maserati Quattroporte.
Power for the new car is set to come from the same 4.5-liter V8 engines as those offered on the Cayenne. They include a naturally aspirated version with 340 hp and a turbo-charged unit with 450 hp. An even more powerful model with more than 500 hp is also in the pipeline. Up to 20,000 examples of the Panamera are expected to roll annually from Porsche’s Leipzig factory in Germany, where it will be produced alongside the Cayenne.