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Even though Bloomberg describes Porsche sales as "flagging," what that really means is that they aren't growing as much as they were – the maker of go-fast cars should still have a record year. Porsche is apparently considering two ways to remedy that: one is to stagger its new unveilings so that each year births a new model, and the other is to create a supercar to occupy the space between the $245,000 911 GT2 RS and the forthcoming $845,000 918 Spyder.

There are quite a few other contestants in that space, from relative newcomers like McLaren and BMW (well, soon), to rivals like Ferrari and cousins like Lamborghini (even sooner). At least one analyst doesn't think Porsche should be having such thoughts, saying "Development costs for such showcase vehicles are huge. It requires some very creative mathematics to make a plausible business case for such a car." But apparently, said analyst hasn't been paying attention to the creative developments Porsche has applied to the 911 for decades now. This is a company that all but sold out of a $170,000 car that could only be bought in combination with that $845,000 car.

Such a supercar remains but a consideration, so it's a long way from being anything close to real. However, the brand's sales chief did talk about more editions of the Cayman and Boxster, as well as extended-wheelbase and convertible versions of the Panamera "four-door coupe" which would add more runts to Porsche's litter.


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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that's good, meaning Porsche is doing well. But is the 918 really faster than the GT2 RS? At any rate, I don't think you're buying the 918 for the speed anyways. In between, slot in a low-displacement turbo V8 that's the fastest Porsche. Release the next Panamera, and change the rear roofline, otherwise the car is fine. Make it more A7-esque, and it's fine. Yes, the Panamera and Cayenna dilute the brand, but if it brings more money to develop better sportscars, why complain?
      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the sub-Boxster? Sigh.
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about they ponder building a car to bridge the gap between $0 and $50,000, first? (Yes, we keep hearing rumors of a sub-Boxster car, but nothing has materialized in either reality or conceptual form.)
      • 3 Years Ago
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        John Hughan
        • 3 Years Ago
        YES!! But an extended-wheelbase Panamera? What, the existing monstrosity isn't huge enough?
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        soundbargaming
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly! Porsche needs to obliterate all the pointless 911 models and come down to a street version and barely street legal version. They need to redesign the 918 to use electric power only, but make it extremely powerful electric. Triple the power of the Tesla Roadster motor and add two of those motors to the 918. They also need to develop an lightweight "skateboard" battery pack that would power it for at least a couple hundred miles. Have it accelerate 0-60 in a time that would make the Veyron gasp.
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my opinion, the GT2RSR could be wilder. Have you ever seen an older 911 next to a 935? Take that mental picture and go in that direction. Gut it, widen the track front and rear, and widen the body to cover ridiculous tires. Around 800 HP sounds good. That should come in around 500K and make say 25 examples.
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes. This is great. To slot in between the GT2 RS and 918 Spyder, they could put out a new mid-engine sports car to compete with the other models in that range, or they could put out the oft mentioned 928 reboot based on the Panamera platform. If they did it right and gave it like 600+ hp from a new V8, it would beat out the 599 and SLS AMG. Although I DO like the idea of a new Carrera GT. That car was like Dwayne Wade on the Heat. Don't even have to be a Porsche fan, you just couldn't help but like it.