There’s a Strong Business Case For A Two-Door Porsche Panamera
The two-door Porsche Panamera would be a spiritual successor to the old 928, and Porsche has every reason to do it.by Robert Moore, on LISTEN 03:14
It’s been more than a decade since the idea and rumors of a two-door Porsche Panamera – one that would serve as a spiritual successor to the Porsche 928 – was in the works. Yet, here we are in the incredibly dark year that is 2020, and Porsche has yet to morph the Panamera into a proper two-door. The same can be said for a carbio model which has also been said to be in the works for quite a while now. I’m not here to tell you that it’s happening yet, but I can make one hell of a business case for why such a model will work, and Porsche hasn’t abandoned the idea yet.
A Modern Porsche 928? The Competition Is There
First off, Porsche hasn’t confirmed that the new facelifted Panamera or even a next-gen model will be offered as a two-door model, but it hasn’t said that it hasn’t said it won’t happen either. In fact, during a recent virtual conference with Australian journalists, Panamera Product Line Chief, Thomas Friemuth, confirmed that the idea hasn’t been abandoned.
"We have not finally decided yet. So we are just discussing this topic for several years as you can imagine since other competitors also have two-door cars. But we’re not finally yet ready to decide whether to do this or not. We have quite a nice two-door car in our program called the 911. [But] We are always looking at new opportunities to get new markets and more customers. I can talk about it when we have the decision for it – not yet. I have a lot of ideas."
Yeah, the 911 is a nice two-door sports car, and so is the Porsche 718, but you know what? Neither of those can compete with what Mercedes and BMW is doing right now. The two-door Panamera (and the Cabrio version of it) would be quite a bit larger than the 911 and a whole lot larger than the 718. You know what that means? Porsche would have a proper 2+2 grand tourer to compete with the BMW 8 Series and the upcoming, next-generation Mercedes SL. That’s a very strong business case if you ask me, as Porsche doesn’t have a way to compete with either model right now.
|Max. power||620 hp @ 6,800 rpm|
|Max. torque||604 lb-ft @ 2,300 - 4,500 rpm|
|Top track speed||196 mph|
|0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package||2.9 s|
However, it’s important to note that Porsche hasn’t been given the green light just yet, so if a 928 successor in the form of a two-door Panamera is going to happen, it’s going to be at least a couple of years out. With the current Panamera just being facelifted for the 2021 model year, that model has at least 3 years left to go. The only thing that might make it happen sooner is if Porsche builds the two-door model now with next-gen tech and hardware, then transitions the four-door model later one when the current-gen Panamera is at the end of its life. This would allow Porsche to introduce a new, standalone model based loosely on the next-gen Panamera without having to wait until 2024 or 2025.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but I’m willing to bet that Porsche is going to do it. A 928 successor would be a welcome addition to the lineup and the competition is there – now it’s just up to the company to get the penny pinchers at the dirty VAG to give the ho-ahead.