Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 23, 2012
Automakers are always in a overhauling cycle with their model lineup in varying stages. Porsche happens to be in the middle of its cycle. So far, the company has introduced the new Panamera and refreshed versions of the Cayenne, 911, and the Boxster. Automobile magazine has uncovered what the company has got planned up to 2016.
First up are the vehicles we know about; coming in 2013 are the new Cayman, the smaller Macan, and the 918 Spyder. The 918 Spyder will come with equipped with a 4.6L aluminum V8 producing 550 hp and 515 lb-ft of torque, and will be paired with two electric motors for a combined total output of “at least 720 hp” and 550 lb-ft. The setup can provide 15 miles of range on the electric power alone. Also the setup can have the engine on or a combination of the two to drive the rear wheels. The front wheels get their own electric motor, which means the 918 will have on-demand all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.
In addition the 918 Spyder, there will be a car that will sit underneath and provide competition to the Ferrari 458 Italia. Codenamed the 960, the vehicle will use a new mid-engine platform, that will also underpin future Lamborghini models. Power will come from a 4.0L flat-six with dual twin-scroll turbochargers producing somewhere in the range of 600 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque.
Also coming in 2013 is a heavily refreshed Panamera which will also bring a long-wheelbase version and possibly a Panamera shooting brake and a four-seater Panamera cabriolet.
There is also the rumor of a smaller Porsche sedan, codenamed Pajun (short for Panamera junior). The Pajun will inherit many components from the larger Panamera and will come with four doors with seating for four. The Pajun will arrive in 2016 and could spawn two or three different body styles.
There is talk about a BMW X6 competitor that will be based on the next generation Cayenne that could arrive in 2016.
Source: Automobile Magazine