There's no question that Porsche is on the move. The company that once revolved almost entirely around the 911 has since expanded to include smaller sportscars, sedans and SUVs, and is showing little sign of slowing down. The Cajun is set to arrive shortly to slot in below the Cayenne, while the 918 supercar will anchor the top end of the company's product line-up. But that ain't all.

Porsche is also said to be working on a Junior Panamera tentatively known as the Pajun, though we pray that's just a temporary moniker until the final name is announced. Britain's Car magazine claims the Pajun could breed sedan, coupe, convertible and even shooting brake derivatives, and share its underpinnings with upcoming models from Bentley and Lamborghini as well. Both those bits of information, however, have also been said about the next-generation Panamera under which the Pajun is meant to slot, so we'd take that bit with a grain of salt.

Powertrain options, meanwhile, are speculatively tipped to include V6 engines producing as much as 550 horsepower in direct-injection, turbo form, a twin-turbo V8 topping 600, a plug-in hybrid and an array of Audi-sourced diesels, driving either the rear wheels or all four – all of which also seems conspicuously Panamera-like.

Back at the heart of what Porsche does best, the 961 project that was initially expected to pack a twin-turbo V8 in a 911-based chassis has, according to CAR, been dropped in favor of what's now being dubbed as the 960. The supercar would still slot below the 918 but reportedly be based on a new mid-engine platform, separate from both the 911 and the next-generation Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8.

Considering the synergies which the Volkswagen Group seems keen to bank on and the number of cars the group already fields in this segment, that doesn't seem likely, but the plan to switch to a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six just might, though distinguishing it from the upcoming new 911 Turbo could prove a tough sell even for a mint like Zuffenhausen.


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      Jive
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't mind the name. Pajun is delicious. It's a Korean scallion pancake. Cayenne is a great spice. Someone at Porsche's R&D is a foodie.
        Drakkon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jive
        And a Cayman is a crocodile like creature in central America. They have some explaining to do!
      tagg8019
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to both of them! Everyone cried and complained when they built the Cayenne and it was the best decision Porsche ever made becuase it was hugely successful. Then came the Pananmera, another success and an amazing car despite critiques about it's style which is purely function over form, a Porsche mantra from the beginning of the company. I like how Porsche is appealing to it's insanely loyal customer base by building everyday cars so they don't have to buy a BMW or Mercedes-Benz to take the family to grandmas in. It's makes a lot of sense and cents for Porsche.
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      CAR is full of BS , they say anything to get some attention. Some time ago they started the rumour that Porsche will cancel the Pamanera after its first generation.
      Clock
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was looking for a naturally aspirated V8 with a long front engine coupe based on the panamera platform. The last I heard thats what they were doing, remaking the 928. Still these look interesting.
      MANARC100
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don’t understand why Porsche does not use its flat six as its six cylinder engine in all of its products. Is there an engineering reason why this would not work well? Subaru uses theirs in everything. How much better would a Panamera be if it sounded like a 911. Even the SUV would be more unique from competitors yet strongly tied to Porsche heritage....well its engine at least.
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, I'm a Porsche guy but these names are getting moronic.
        biopsea
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        excited about the future of Porsche. we were all skeptical re: both the cayenne and panamera; guess what - they are porsche thru and thru. the name pajun will not last (just a chop of panamera junior).
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Better than another 9XX name with XXX behind it that makes no sense. Still, Cajun!? Pajun? Pachinko? Serious, their product naming department is about as exciting as the design department.
      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      We Cajun demand a $20K discount and 100lbs of boiled crawdads for the use of our good name.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a load of garbage. A coupe, convertible, and sedan based on a an SUV platform?? 600hp twin turbo V8's in them?? What a load of nonsense. And the 961engine project?? Really?? Porsche has already BUILT a 961. It was the race version of the 959car campaigned in IMSA racing. And Porsche never uses a model designation on a car different from the original. Not to mention the supercar they're working on has but been confirmed to be built on the 918 chassis and employ a variant of the RS Spyders V8. So yeah, I'd say speculation is a gross understatement. Someone has been straight pulling sh1t from the fantasy files. Speculation is a
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha a crossover
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