• Mar 26, 2006

It would appear that it will be that much easier for consumers to 'Accept no substitute' in the near future, as Porsche's burgeoning lineup is showing signs of even greater expansion. In addition to today's 911, Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman, the automaker is expected to bring its Panamera four-door coupe to market-- a platform that could well spawn a 928-style two-door luxury GT.

But even before that, Edmunds Inside Line is reporting that a teardrop-shaped body like that of the 911 could be grafted onto a high-riding AWD rally-style platform. The rumored project is said to be a result of the company's affiliation with Volkswagen, and ride on a new chassis being readied for Audi's upcoming Q5 SUV. The genre-bending coupe could be in showrooms as early as 2008.

The question begs: Will Porsche's exponentially-increasing lineup decrease its brand cachet, or add to the Stuttgart magic? Have your say in 'comments'

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Vermont, where the roads get pretty distorted by frost heaves long before the state can get around to repaving them. A rally-style AWD Porsche coupe would be an awesome car up here -- soak up the bumpy roads in the summer, then put snow tires on it in the winter and keep driving it year-round. I want one already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This concept has been around so long that even I as an amateur designer penned a version of it back in 1995 (using cues from Boxster concept sketches I found in R&T back in the 90s)

      Porsche did a press piece 3 or 4 years ago where they took 911s, beefed up the undercarriage and jacked the ground clearance... and took them off road. Amazingly they were as sure-footed and durable as the Land Rover chase vehicles.

      A Porsche off road coupe makes alot of sense to buyers in countries like Dubai, Algeria, China and Korea where road quality isnt Bavaria-smooth. It also makes sense to anyone who thinks the Lancia/Fenomenon Stratos cars are cool.

      You know who you are.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If things were left up to these so called purists there would be an air cooled 911 and that's it. If they build a fast light weight 4x4 coupe that does not screem "look at me, look at me" like the rest of their line up it will enhance the brand and make skiers happy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What Mark said in comment #12 - ditto for Arizona.
      Lots of dirt roads to explore... fun fun fun.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well when you have a good thing going I suppose it's time to exploit it. With the horsepower wars underway in the 80k plus category, they had to come up with a v8 alternative and soon. No way to cram one in the back end of a 911, so here comes the new 928.
      I think the panamera is a screaming winner, why not take some aston and mercedes s sales in the 80-120k luxo sedan category? I think that car is going to make a huge mark, heck I'd buy one. The 911 rally is a dumb idea, but I doubt they actually go through with it either.
      When you can charge the premium they do for their cars, why not have a few new models? They're overpriced relative to the competition, but they sure aren't begging for customers. Every car company should have it as good as these folks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is sacrilege! Even with their pandering to world demand for SUVs with the Cayenne, Porsche has never strayed from their proven ability to engineer world-class performance road automobiles. Porsche needs to put a Limited Slip Diff in the Cayman S, bring the Panamera to market, and forget this silly off-road nonsense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure all of the purist whiners will hate the idea of the off-road 911, but if increased income/profits at Porsche keep resulting in products like the Cayman, screw the purists.

      Porsche is proving that they understand the changing market and know what it takes to stay alive/independent. More power (pun intended) to them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      JZeke, you forgot U. S. of America to the list of countries with crappy roads. For all I can tell, Korean roads are hell a lot better than ones in Chicago or Detroit...

      Also, you ever driven on Dubai highways? They have world class pavement where it counts, on highways and roads that lead to people's houses that are rich enough to afford exotics.

      However, rally coupe would be a hit in India.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2: The whining purists will be the ones who don't remember the rally-prepped 911 or the 959.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe next they could build a 4-door economy hatch...
      • 8 Years Ago
      this isnt sacrilege, porsche has a few rally world records and a rally inspired high riding non-SUV would be great
      • 8 Years Ago
      it is a rather credible source and although the article mentions that according to the company they will produce this baby in 3y time i believe they got the picture from a Porsche designer wanabee...http://trans.kathimerini.gr/4dcgi/_w_articles_carnews_100042_29/03/2006_149307
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