• Jan 24th 2011 at 4:24PM
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It's no secret that Porsche has big sales ambitions. Just how it plans on getting there, however, is another matter entirely. On the back of such diversified products as the Panamera and Cayenne, it's clear that extending its product range will be integral to its growth plans, and recently appointed Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller has given a few clues as to what's in store down the product pipeline.

First up could be a Targa version of the Cayman that could stand to bridge the gap between the existing Cayman coupe and its open-top counterpart, the Boxster, with removable (or sliding) roof panels. But that's hardly the extent of it.

In speaking with Automotive News, Mueller hinted at plans to introduce a sub-Boxster four-cylinder sports car based on the Boxster's platform but with the possible use of Volkswagen Golf components to keep costs down.

Beyond that, Porsche has big plans for the Panamera, including possible derivatives (like a coupe or convertible as rumored) as well as spin-offs for other Volkswagen divisions including Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini. One thing's for sure, Porsche's not about to sit back and rely on just one continuing product line any longer.

[Source: Automotive News – subs. req'd]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love boxster and cayman.

      The cayman targa had better be something really special to not choose the drop-top Boxster S or Spyder.

      I'd almost rather see a simpler Carrera Targa. The sliding glass panel is interesting, but the pointed quarter glass, and the thickness of the targa roof mechanism makes the Targa look a bit less graceful than the regular Carrera.

      And there is an aftermarket targa option for a Carrera convertible, to mount a wrap-around rear glass, with a traditional targa roof panel, too, which makes the new cars look like the classic 911 Targa cars.

      I do wish they would build a shortened, much lightened front-engined, rear-PDK RWD transaxle successor to the 928.

      They could use the 987 (boxster S/Spyder, Cayman S/R) PDK transaxle at the aft end of a torque tube, with the V8 or TT-V8 in front of the cabin, like the original 928 did. Bring back the Weissach Axle rear suspension with updates. Maybe a torque-vectoring differential, as well... (cousin Audi's got that tech...)

      With shorter wheelbase, less bulk, only 2WD, and a whole lot less roof, perhaps a 928 successor could weigh somewhere around 3750lbs, instead of well over 4000lbs like the Panamera.

      Give it a really sinister front end, like a a much lower, sleeker, and even more angry Cayenne, and a sleek rear hatch with the adaptive deployable spoiler at the base of the rear glass...

      give it frameless windows in the side doors that meet the rear quarter glass with a flush seam, like the Cayman and Carrera, but extend the quarter windows way back on the body toward the tail lights, like the original 928...

      If they could somehow give it a base model with a Carrera flat 6, mid-spec model with the naturally aspirated V8, and top end with the twin turbo V8...

      Give it an interior that is a cross between the 918 & Carrera GT with the graceful center console (PDK would pretty much not need a shifter at all. just a button or knob selector, plus paddles. think Jaguar XF's 'genesis device' control, or aston and ferrari which just have basic buttons) and the Panamera/Cayenne interior... but slightly simplified. I like tech, but button-overkill is another matter.

      That would be one hell of a grand touring 2+2 coupe. Like the 928 originally was. Not strictly a sports car... but something that is just about as fast, aerodynamically like a hot knife through butter, and almost begging for 800 mile days just to stretch it's legs, and comfortable enough for a driver and passenger to enjoy it, not just survive it. Not even a sore left leg from a heavy sprung clutch, but not distracted by a slushy automatic, either. Automated dual-clutch FTW.

      Porsche's answer to the TSA. Don't fly over land. DRIVE.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic , the whole point of the many buttons in the Panamera is to avoid things like the iDrive. you learn those buttons in no time, saving you the trouble of navigating through menus and submenus while driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i like your ideas. You really understand Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Panamera coupe? Isn't the entire point of the thing that it ISN'T a coupe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't Porsche already have a Targa version of the Cayman... called the Boxster?
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the most iconic Porsches of all time has to be the 1989 911 targa. Clean lines, 5 speed, no power steering, very simple. I think the Cayman Targa is far closer to being the rightful heir to the 89, as long as you keep it manual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cayman Targa, hmmm. I like the idea.
      Today's Cayman can't have a sunroof, the roof's too short I believe.
      Shouldn't be too hard to engineer given that it's already configured as a hatch, ala 911 Targa.
      But maybe they could do someting interesting like the Panorama Windshield of the Opel Astra GTC, essentially the windshield runs right over the heads of the front seat occupants to the B pillar.
      Then there is the naming convention; Targa is a 911 model like Carrera or Turbo.
      Would the Targa then be a Cayman model too? Maybe it should recieve a dedicated name, the Boxster coupe became the Cayman, unlike the 911 coupe which kept it's 911 name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, please.

      The world needs more targa tops.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche screw a Targa, that's what the coxster is for. How about you give us a Cayman TURBO please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I second the cayman turbo, or even just one with one of the higher output version (400+hp) of the 3.6l NA
        • 4 Years Ago
        how about not a Cayman turbo , but a Cayman GTS with the V8 from the Cayenne GTS ? that thing makes a great sound.