Porsche’s Future: Cayenne redesign in 2009, Panamera sales begin next year

Porsche's Future: Cayenne redesign in 2009, Panamera sales begin next year

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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