The Future of Porsche. What's in store? {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

10 Sep 2015

We’ve just seen a landmark change in Porsche’s philosophy, whereby the mainstay 911 range has got turbocharged engines for the first time. This is the first time we’ve seen the 911 bow to the ever-increasing emissions regulations, though we’re even more excited about the prospect of these new turbo engines. But that’s only a small part of what most people know Porsche for, as the range has now expanded to include seven models – Boxster, Cayman, 911, 918 Spyder, Panamera, Macan & Cayenne. Okay, the 918 is sold out now, so realistically it’s just six models, but for a long time the range peaked at three at the very most with the 944, 928 and 911 in the 90’s.

The recent success of Porsche can be largely attributed to the Cayenne, given that it was cheaply developed alongside the VW Touareg (meaning it made big profits) and the Boxster as it opened Porsche up to a much cheaper marketplace. But now that has been expanded to the Macan which fills the smaller void below the Cayenne and the Cayman which offers a smaller, more focused sports car offering as the 911 has grown up in size as well as demeanour. And of course we have the Panamera, the luxury sports saloon that has been selling well since it first launched despite having what most would describe as ‘challenging’ styling. So currently there’s something for everyone in the Porsche range, from the £40,000 Boxster to the £150,000 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, with saloons & SUVs in between. But what’s to come in Porsche’s future?

Future:

One strong theme in Porsche’s future is actually hinted at in the current range where we see the e-Hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera and the fact that the 918 Spyder was a Hybrid model too – electricity. Across the range there are going to be more concessions to the environment, and the introduction of a new model to rival what is considered a Porsche.

Boxster/Cayman – these will get the new turbocharged engines seen in the 911 in 2016, but not necessarily in the same format – it’s most likely that there will be the 3.0 turbo in the S models, but there will be a four cylinder turbocharged model coming too, meaning the first four cylinder Porsche since the 968.

911 – along with the turbocharged engines that will spread across the range, expect to see an e-Hybrid model of the 911 for the first time. It will most likely use the smaller turbocharged 3.0 litre engine mated to two electric motors in the front wheels giving nearly 500bhp. And could this be the first time we see a diesel powered 911? Not likely, though don’t rule it out for the 2018 all-new model.

Macan – the small SUV should be getting an e-Hybrid option too, along with a smaller diesel engine option.

Cayenne/Panamera – nothing too much going to happen in the short term for these models, before they are replaced in a couple of years’ time with all new models.

The ‘Pajun’ – this is a codename based on this model being a Panamera Junior – a smaller saloon model aimed at the BMW 5-Series sized market – or more specifically the Tesla Model S. Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week was the MissionE Concept which was a very curvaceous 4dr saloon which was smaller than the Panamera – and was 100% electric.

The Mission E is an obviously concept-styled, but very telling look at what we can expect from the Pajun in 2018. With a low, sleek body the MissionE has strong overtones of the 918 Spyder at the front, with LED headlights sitting within front intakes and heavy swollen front wings. Then there’s a small glasshouse with a very 911-like rear end, and rear suicide doors. What strikes you most about the MissionE is the way the body sits low and inboard of the wheels, much like a proper sportscar, yet when you see the interior you can tell it’s just very cleverly packaged. The whole panel behind the front wheels moves forward to reveal the charging port, but there’s also induction loop charging too. Obviously the production Pajun won’t be as extreme as this, but expect a lot of the overall styling concept to make it through, but with less concaved bodysides and normal doors.

What makes this extra special though is the powertrain – the MissionE has 600bhp from two motors, giving four wheel drive and four wheel steering. Due to advanced battery tech the range is set at 310 miles, making it a match for the Model S. The Pajun will undoubtedly weigh less than the Model S though, so performance is likely to be the same between the two. Also given that a top-spec Model S is £100,000 you can expect the higher volume manufacturer Porsche to be able to meet that if not beat the price. We can expect this powertrain to go into the Pajun unchanged.

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