• Oct 21, 2010
Porsche – which currently offers the Boxster/Cayman twins, umpteen different variations of the 911, the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera sedan – is endlessly rumored to be considering more models. Most often, speculation seems to revolve around another nameplate to slot in below the entry-level Boxster, and certainly that's still a distinct possibility. We already know a smaller 'ute called the Cajun is (probably) on its way, along with the show-stopping 918 Spyder.

But Porsche chief Matthias Müller has apparently hinted that he sees room between the 911 and the upcoming range-topping 918. It seems that the high(ish)-end sports car would be based on existing components, which makes us wonder if it could possibly be a mid-engine car on the 918's platform that eschews that car's hybrid configuration for something more traditional... a flat-six from the 911, perhaps?

Whatever the case, Porsche's plans call on sales of roughly 150,000 units per year, which is nearly double what the marque manged to sell last year. Considering that each of Porsche's current models sell at a pretty decent clip for their individual classes, that much of an increase is likely certain to come from new machines in new segments. We just have a hard time seeing Porsche do anything that might diminish the relevance of the 911 range.

[Source: Autoweek.nl]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      ...or a front-engined GT based on Panamera's platform... Even if it's more likely, I hope for the first possibility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a new 928 V8 2+2 to compete against the ferrari 612 and a lightweight 928 RS V8 turbo to compete against the Ferrari 599, that's what i want from Porsche. of course , the inevitable hybrid 928 to please the politicians and to get some Hollywood customers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        Existing platform: Panamera/Cayenne.

        Modification, significant down-sizing to coupe bodystyle. Possible inclusion of a rear transaxle, such as a 987-style 6MT or PDK between the rear wheels, to further balance the weight. Much lighter than Panamera. Significant use of Aluminum and composite structure.

        V8 and V8 TT engine options.

        Sleek 3-door liftback styling, and 2+2 seating.

        A grand touring coupe to CRUSH the BMW 6-series, MB CL, Maser GS, and under-cut the DB9, Bentley Continental, and other price points.

        More powerful, and possibly slightly lighter than Audi RS5.

        BUILD THAT. The return of the 928 GTS
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've always wondered what the appeal of the 928 was. I never particularly liked how it performed or looked.

        Can anyone enlighten me?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it is really great, it will match the Lotus Elite Concept's weight... even if Porsche does their hybrid treatment to it (hack, spit... )

        I would not argue with a slick folding hard-top as long as the design were very, very good, like Elite's.

        The Elite's and Ferrari California's price point at ~200K is between the meat of the 997 Carrera and Turbo range, not counting the extremely rare GT2 RS, and probably about half the price of the 918 Spyder supercar. Makes sense if this new theoretical car is going to end up between '911' and 918.

        Porsche can do it... but it had better be good. Better than Panamera, and better than Cayenne's improvements, as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      porsche seems to be expanding as fast as they can...i wouldnt be supprised to see a midsize 4 door (sport) sedan in the next couple years
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is so hard to understand about a front engined Quad-cam V8?

      The body was sleekly aerodynamic, and the front axle was well ahead of the engine's center of gravity.

      The rear transaxle (Porsche did it FIRST, long before Corvette and others adopted it) allowed common parts with their mid-engined and rear-engined (differential ring gear flipped to the other side, to correct for the engine orientation) cars.

      It also allowed for better balance of weight distribution, and not so front-heavy for a front-engined car, while the engine location allowed for more practical interior packaging, and room.

      The liftback bodystyle offered sleek aerodynamics, while offering some practical luggage space. and the large glass minimized B and C-pillar blind spots, while offering a distinctive look.

      The weissach axle rear suspension worked around the transaxle, and offered pro-active geometry changes through the suspension's arc of motion, serving to further stabilize the chassis, and slightly passively rear-steer to assist in agility for a car that was significantly larger than the 911 of it's time.

      It offered water-cooled engine performance, and steady supply of cabin heat in cold climates. thus the engine could have tighter tolerances than even Porsche's very good air-cooled engines.

      The aerodynamics, power, poise, and the interior comfort and amenities served to make it a car with great performance, but also capable of being comfortable on long trips. Like most GT cars, it is superior to jittery and unsettled, loud, and more sparsely equipped sports cars. The 928 was more luxurious, and more effortlessly powerful, while still being a very competent handling machine.

      It is a different car than a 911 in about as many ways as two coupes from a common manufacturer can be.

      Maybe some don't like the shark-like styling... which can be said for almost any sort of styling... but the car was executed very well for what it was designed to do, and that wasn't necessarily to take place all on the race course.

      Porsche could, and SHOULD do that again, and they have the platforms, the hardware, and the capability to do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Porsche built on the same platform as the R8 seems appropriate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just hope it's not another 911 S with a few go fast bits at twice the price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        don't forget the extra stickers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that Volkswagen's back in the picture, I'm guessing a revised 914.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always wanted a 915.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Porsche considering new model between 911 and 918 Spyder?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        A new 924/944 would not slot between the 911 and the 918. They used to be referred to as the poor man's Porsche. I'm not opposed to a revival of the plate but that's not likely the future car they are hinting here. I'm with Rob, a 928 would seem pretty likely. Use a modified Rapide chassis and you are looking at a nice GT coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        928, perhaps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe we'll get a new 924 / 944...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the simple, lightweight sub-Boxster? Not everyone wants a 3500 lb 2 door convertible with leather wrapped air conditioning vents and an engine that is impossible to work on at home.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hear VW is going to make the blueSport.

        Porsche doesn't need to go down-market into Audi and VW's territory. They can't be everything to everyone, and maintain their core competencies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every time someone at Porsche farts, Autoblog will be sure to cover it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is a car blog. They have to write about something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think there's room for a GT3 S between the GT3 and the GT3 RS too! And an RSR to top them all!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Screw it...why not
      • 4 Years Ago
      A super Cayman - mid engined and high tech - to take the fight directly to the 458 Italia is a product Porsche is missing. Though the GT2 RS, Turbo and GT3 RS models are competitive numbers-wise against Ferrari's middie V8 supercar, their lower cost origins, relatively common status on the streets as base 911 models means that buyers of super exclusive cars are likely to not shop Porsche.

      I guess this market must be a lucrative one, as evidenced by the 458's success. A mid engined super-Cayman above a 911 in terms of appeal, aesthetics, and technology and priced around $200k is probably a safe bet.

      I hope they don't go California/Elite chasing though with a hardtop convertible based off the Panamera however. That too would be a popular model saleswise, but a complete downer for enthusiasts.
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