• Jun 6th 2008 at 10:31AM
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If Porsches are good, more Porsches are better, especially if it means Stuttgart's model range will expand downward. Rumors are swirling that Porsche is working on its own version of Volkswagen's Golf/Rabbit, which may be an opening salvo in a Porsche assault on BMW's slice of the pie with its 1 Series. An über-bunny above the R32 is certainly appealing, but we hope the styling smoothes some from from the melty rendering. There's potential there, but it could turn ugly fast like the Panamera four-door "coupe". Auto Bild is usually pretty close to the mark, however, so it wouldn't be surprising to see this very vehicle sometime around 2012. We're going to guess that most people will just see its taillights.
[Source: Motive Mag]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh I would KILL to have them bring back the 924/944/968!

      A good turbo 4 w/say 250ish hp would be just fine, thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The first car Porsche designed was a cheap VW, the first car Porsche build used many parts from that cheap VW. The only brand dilution exists in the mind of all the armchair experts that don't know the history of the brand they're idolizing here. Not to mention, Porsche is an R&D brand, first and foremost, as it was since day one, they consult and develop automotive (and other industries) technologies for manufacturers from all over the world. And that has always been their main source of revenue. Even today, that's where Porsche makes the most money, not selling cars, so whoever said Porsche might have not been here today if it wasn’t for the Cayenne… put down the crack pipe, and pickup a history book, there were plenty written about Porsche.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As an owner of a Corrado Slc, and a Mkiv R32 the idea sounds really appealing to me , at the risk of possibly further diluting an awesome name sake.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes me think of Packard during the depression. Packard was the "Rolls Royce" of American makes and then they moved down market with small 6 cylinder cars to survive. They survived but the name had been pushed down market in the minds of the filthy rich and after the depression they tried to go back "upmarket" unsuccessfully. The final nail in the coffin was the "Packardbakers."

      Flash forward a decade from right now. Porsche survives by introducing fuel efficient VW clones. Science works its magic and gives us a new way to travel. (Hydrogen, hybrid, full electric, fuel cell, take your pick.) Porsche drops the economy cars and tries to get back to its hardcore sports car business. Would the brand be too damaged to survive?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Porsche Scirocco? Not too bad if the price is right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where does it say it will be FWD car? It will probably be a AWD like the R32.

      Also about dilluting the brand. Porsche actually has two premium brands.

      One is "Porsche" the other is "911". This is the advantage you get when you build the same awesome car for more than 40 years.

      So different Porsches like Cayenne or this entry level car will never dillute the main brand that is 911, unless they f... up quality big time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      People, please(!). Porsche is obviously looking for a way to meet the more stringent CAFE rules, and building an 'economy' car (not another sports car like the 914 or 944) is about the only way they're going to be able to do it. It will also broaden their market appeal to cover more ground than just high-end sports cars and SUVs. If Porsche can bring class/quality to a line of cars that will compete with the Rabbit, more power to them. If it comes to the U.S., we'll finally be able to buy a small economy car that'll have a great image, great name, and (hopefully) will keep its resale value more than its competition. It's the car that VW faithful wanted in the Scirocco, but VW will not sell here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with the 924/944 crowd.
      Bringing something like that or a 944/914 Exige-Fighter hybrid would be Much cooler.
      That comp could be an easy pchop, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did in fact come straight from the world's laziest car designers at Porsche.
      They should also spend their time making the Cayman look better and more distinct, especially the nose and the roof bump; the back of course, is great as-is.

      All of which is irrelevant, because it's not 1987 anymore, and thus you're no longer cool if you own a Porsche. You're more likely a Dentist.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And I thougt it couldn't get worser after a Porsche SUV..
      • 7 Years Ago
      wrong move. VW/Audi/ Porsche will be turning into GM with the badge engineering before long.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Problem: FWD Porsche

      Solution: Drive the FWD Porsche in REVERSE

      = RWD Porsche

      • 7 Years Ago
      And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Porsche can say they'll "try to meet CAFE" and Lamborghini won't: because Lambo isn't quite so arrogant to think that people would buy a Rabbit with a Gallardo nosejob.

      "We won't compromise our brand" indeed. Sure, My. Cayenne.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A sleeker Golf?!? Wasn't that the idea of the Scirocco? The TT is also based on that platform, why would porsche want to step on their own toes? They won't sway any buyers from BMW (if that is their intent), most likely just from VW and Audi... Want a faster golf, just get an S3 or R32 or something, this thing up there is plain wrong.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Ironically Porsche and Lamborghini are now part of the same group. Lamborghini is owned by the VW Audi group which in turn is part owned by Porsche.
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