New Porsche Panamera will spawn coupe and cabriolet versions

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 16, 2012

The next Porsche model that will be released in relation to the overhaul of its entire range is the second-generation Cayman that will arrive later this year. Porsche has been revamping its lineup since 2009. Porsche started by launching the fourth Panamera range and it has continued with the production of a new Cayenne, 911, and Boxster.

The second-generation Cayman that Porsche is planning to show is essentially a fixed-roof Boxster. Since it shares similarities with the existing Boxster/Cayman, it’s expected that the new 981-generation Cayman will bear majority of the styling cues, interior, and powertrains of the drop-top.

The 2013 Boxster is powered by either a mid-mounted flat-sixes, which displace either 2.7 liters (Boxster) or 3.4 liters (Boxster S) or the base engine that’s rated 265 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, the larger unit can deliver 315 hp and 266 lb-ft. With regards to the transmissions options, these two engines could be mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.

There had been a $3700 gap n the base price of the outgoing Cayman and the previous-generation Boxster on which it was based. This means that the next Cayman will have a retail price of about $53,200.

Porsche is also set to launch a heavily restyled Panamera in 2013. This upgraded Panamera comes with numerous variants. This facelift means that a long-wheelbase version will be offered. It’s mostly targeting the Chinese market.

It’s also possible that the Panamera shooting brake and a four-seater Panamera cabriolet will make it way to the market soon. At the company’s next product planning, expect models that are greater than the Cayenne and Panamera to be discussed.

Even as the product planning committee is working hard, the all-new second-generation Panamera is expected to go forward to 2015, now that the facelifted car could be revised from bottom to top, it probably makes sense to extend its lifecycle by introducing additional variants earlier than anticipated.

The Porsche Pajun – a smaller version of the Panamera, will arrive in two or three body styles when it comes out in 2017.

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