• Porsche Won’t Build the Renndienst Minivan Because Sports Cars

The decision is understandable, especially when you walk in Porsche’s shoes for a bit

Concept cars are tricky to digest. On one hand, they delight the eyes as they preview a carmaker’s (often spectacular) path for the future and on the other, they most often than not leave us disappointed at their lack of fruition. Most concept cars do not get turned into road-going cars. Sadly, that is the case of the Porsche Renndienst minivan. And the reason is simpler than you would imagine.

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Just like you, we were downright mesmerized last year when Porsche decided to drop a handful of never-seen-before concept cars along with their stories. There is not even one that we did not love, however, the Renndienst minivan, the one inspired by the VW Bus-based race service cars Porsche deployed in the 1950s, stood out because it was supposed to be an all-electric vehicle. And it looked cute. Mostly that.

So, it is with sadness that we can confirm the fact that Porsche will not turn the Renndienst into a production car. The news comes from Autoblog, who had a chat with Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s head of global sales. According to von Platen, “we [Porsche] are, we were, and we still will be a sports car manufacturer. Therefore, we do not intend to go into the segment of small city cars, for example, or in segments where we could have more volume.” Fair enough. Von Platen concluded by saying that “going towards the minivan concept, and so on, it is not our plan at all.”

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Does this mean that Porsche sees the likes of Macan, Panamera, and Cayenne as sports car? Sure, they are benchmarks for driving dynamics and road composure in their respective segments, but sports cars? I digress.

At the same time, I can understand why such a minivan does not fit well within Porsche’s current lineup. With people going head over heels for SUVs and crossovers, a minivan (even from Porsche) does not make sense financially.

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Porsche B32 specifications
Engine 3.2-liter flat-six
Horsepower 231 HP
0 to 62 mph 8 seconds
Top Speed 135 mph

What is more, minivans are associated with comfort and soft suspension setups, so the whole sporty approach that Porsche takes regardless of what body styles it churns out is simply conflicting with the core purpose of a minivan. With that in mind, can we really blame the carmaker for not being a fan of minivans?

Source: Autoblog

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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