Porsche may launch at least four new models by 2018

Article by Anita Panait, on December 4, 2012

German carmaker Porsche would be introducing at least four new vehicles by 2018. The new vehicles include the Macan mid-sized crossover as well as a 918 Spyder hybrid sports car that will be launched in 2013. Currently under consideration are a sports car positioned between the 911 and 918 Spyder and a sedan smaller than the Panamera.

According to Porsche chief executive Matthias Mueller, they won’t decide on the sports car until the end of 2013. If the sports car materialises, it would be underpinned by the new Volkswagen Group MMB architecture for rear-wheel drive and midengine cars, which would also be used for the next-generation Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8.

Within the VW Group, Porsche is heading the development of MMB platform. According to Mueller, the smaller sedan, dubbed the Pajun for Panamera Jr., "could be a possibility," but did not disclose a timetable for reaching a decision.

The Pajun could be targeted against the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E class. Mueller, however, disclosed that derivatives of the Panamera sedan, such as a coupe, will be coming in the next few years. Although Porsche displayed a wagon version of the Panamera at the Paris auto show in September 2012, the carmaker has yet to approve it for production.

Mueller said the Panamera will receive a major freshening in 2013. Porsche’s chief executive said that the consideration of the 550, a sports car smaller than the Boxster, has been indefinitely postponed. Porsche determined that the 550 could weaken its image as a luxury sports car brand. Porsche unveiled the second generation of the Cayman coupe at the Los Angeles auto show and expects to roll out the model in the US in April 2013.

Porsche Cayman boasts a styling that’s marked by razor-sharp, sculpted edges and precise lines. These emphasize the Cayman’s low, extended silhouette, with the help of its windscreen, which is shifted around 100 mm forward, as well as its roof line, which reaches far back. Its shoulder line is typical of a more advanced styling and runs from the wings towards its rear side panels.

Moreover, the car’s door mirrors are positioned near its top shoulder. The dynamic recesses in the car’s doors are especially expressive, guiding induction air into the air scoops then directly into the engine. This is the car’s most prominent visual feature, highlighting the mid-engine concept.

In addition, the new Cayman’s front end is characterized by cooling air inlets, increasing in size towards both the left and right sides of the car. Integrated far outboard are round headlights, complete with 4-point position lights or daytime running lights, which are an unmistakable identifying feature for the new Cayman.

A large and low aluminium rear lid and a rear section with wrap-around edges are also unique to the new generation Cayman. Above this sport coupé’s rear window is an LED brake light that spans the whole window width and which warns traffic behind. Meanwhile, the rear spoiler’s thin blade is directly mounted on the rear lid. Compared to that of the Porsche Boxster, the Cayman’s rear spoiler is higher and also deploys at an angle that is steeper.

The Cayman’s overall appearance is more independent and well-differentiated compared with the previous model. Its exhaust system’s newly designed tailpipes terminate visually at a low and central point. The Cayman has an oval tailpipe, whereas the Porsche Cayman S sports two-branch dual tailpipes.

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