It was expressed by Michael Maur, design chief for the German carmaker, that although he is not yet finished with the newly released Panamera, he was also working on the 911's replacement. It also came out, however, that this replacement could be more than just a further development of the new generation 911, but rather join the carmaker's range as a fifth version, flanking the long-lived coupe.
When further pressed on the topic the company refused to say anything further except that, according to them, there is particular interest in this section of the market.
The most current sales numbers for the entry level Porsches, like the Boxter and Caymen, show a downturn, while the demand for the flagship vehicles such as the 911 and specifically the Cayenne remain high.
Details for the release of the latest 928 have not been confirmed, but the carmaker seems to be determined to derive the new model on the chassis of the Panamera. Coming with three doors and a hatchback, the new model would be a direct challenger to cars like the Bentley Continental CTC.
No information have been released on engine lineup, but there's a likelihood that the new car could bring in a revolutionary new technology with a consideration of smaller, supercharged powerplants to cut emissions level.
The carmaker is also working to bring its start-stop technology, which already exists in the latest Panamera, to its other models in its range, together with the Cayenne, but, as of the moment, there is no move in this respect for the 911.
Porsche claims that the 911 has already improved its emissions performance by as much as 25 percent, satisfactorily meeting future requirements.