In recent years, Porsche has been heading away from its sports car roots and has ventured into segments such as SUVs and has transformed the Boxter Roadster into a stylish coupe with its own name, Cayman. Moving forward, Porsche is headed into the four-door-coupe segment with the upcoming Porsche Panamera.
While some worry about the arrival of a four-door Porsche, Porsche proved many wrong with the sales record of the Porsche Cayenne SUV. Porsche hopes that the Panamera will be a strong competitor to the Aston Martin Rapide, Mercedes CLS and the upcoming Audi A7.
Click through to see what’s in Porsche’s future plans.
Boxster: The Boxster is expected to get a facelift in 2008.
Cayman: The Porsche Cayman is also expected to get a facelift in 2008 even though the car is only two years old.
911: The next-generation 911 just debuted in 2004. The 2008 911 Turbo Cabriolet variant hits the market this month.
The range-topper 911 GT2 will make its debut at the Frankfurt auto show this month – sales begin in early 2008. powered by a 3.6 liter Boxter six that produces 530 horsepower with 505 lb-ft. of torque. Weighing in at 3,175 lbs the Porsche 911 GT2 has the ability to do 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and 0-100 mph in 7.4. Top speed is limited to 204mph.
Panamera: The Panamera will debut in 2009; U.S. sales are expected to begin next year. The Porsche Panamera is powered by a 4.8 liter V8 from the Cayenne which produces 400 horsepower. The car will first debut in rear-wheel drive followed by an all-wheel-drive version. Porsche has also confirmed a hybrid Panamera.
Cayenne: A total redesign is scheduled for 2009. Just today Porsche revealed the Cayenne GTS model that will fit between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. Porsche will also unveil a production hybrid version of the Cayenne next year that is said to have a fuel-economy rating of 24 mpg.
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