More 911s: A No-BrainerOf course, Porsche's sports car lineup isn't complete without a full array of 911s. The new model, introduced last year, will predictably spin off a dizzying number of variants, including the all-wheel-drive 4S (2012), the Turbo (2013, 530 hp), and a GT3 (2015, 430 hp). Porsche also will live up to its tradition of making customers pay more for less equipment with a decontented, lightweight Clubsport package. One major new twist involves the 911 Targa, which debuts in early 2014. In recent years, it's been little more than a glorified sunroof, but Porsche wants to recreate the much-loved late-1960s/'70s Targa, which was available with a folding removable top and a heated glass backlight. The most prominent design detail of this classic Porsche roof treatment was the substantial roll bar available in anodized silver or matte black. The modern iteration of the classic Targa theme should look particularly striking thanks to a lower roofline, a more radically angled roll bar, and a wraparound rear window. The optional Turbo-look body style, which will likely be offered across the 911 lineup, will add an even-more-voluptuous rear end and optional twenty-one-inch wheels.
Macan: A Smaller SUVThe vehicle previously known as the Cajun (Cayenne Junior) will officially be called the Macan. Porsche says the name is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger. Porsche's second SUV will launch as a four-door in the fall of 2013. As our spy illustrations indicate, it should look somewhat familiar since the greenhouse and the basic structure are taken from the Audi Q5, but the Macan will have its own body panels and interior. Other Porsche-specific touches include a Sport Chrono pack with launch control, stronger brakes with optional carbon-ceramic discs, larger wheels, and a new exhaust system with a switchable free-flow sport muffler.
The powertrains also come from Audi and include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V-6 producing about 240 hp and 290 hp, respectively. In addition, there's a Macan Turbo S in the works. It features Porsche's own heavily tweaked 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated at 350 hp. Also planned is a Macan Hybrid, fitted with a 230-hp four-cylinder complemented by a 50-hp electric motor.
Likely but not yet confirmed is a two-door model, due in 2014. Mind you, this is the version that Audi would have preferred Porsche concentrate on to begin with, but Porsche wants the four-door volume. And, indeed, executives are expecting a lot of volume -- some 50,000 Macans a year.
Panamera and Pajun: More Four-DoorsApproximately one year from now, Porsche will launch the Panamera XXL, a stretched version of its luxury sedan sporting a 5.9-inch-longer wheelbase. At the same time, the car is due to undergo a comprehensive face-lift. That will carry the Panamera out to 2015, when we will see the follow-up version. It will be lighter, not quite as big, and better suited for sporty derivatives. The second-generation Panamera will use a new architecture known as MSB-F. This acronym denotes a front-mid-engine modular rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout. MSB-F is being developed in Weissach for Porsche, Bentley, and Lamborghini.
A smaller Porsche sedan is still known by its code name, Pajun, short for Panamera Junior. The Pajun uses the same flexible components set as its bigger sibling and will appear in 2016. It debuts as a four-door four-seater but over time will spawn a convertible and a coupe or sporty hatchback. It's described as an antiestablishment sedan -- sharp, striking, and spirited. Its three-box shape should help avoid cannibalization with the larger Panamera, which is expected to retain its egg-shaped, 911-inspired rear end.
As far as powertrains go, Porsche is the driving force behind the new modular V engines that will be used by all the premium brands in the Volkswagen Group. Starting in 2013-14, the Panamera/Pajun and the Cayenne/Macan are expected to become available with a range of much-improved turbocharged engines. We expect a 3.0-liter V-6 (slated to produce about 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque), a 3.6-liter V-8 (500 hp and 500 lb-ft), a 4.0-liter V-8 (550 hp, 515 lb-ft), and a high-performance S edition likely to churn out 550 hp and more than 515 lb-ft. Alternatively, there will be a pair of Audi-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel units rated at about 245 hp and 325 hp. In addition, we'll see an uprated 4.2-liter V-8 TDI, which should muster some 365 hp. Also in the works are two plug-in hybrids, one with a 220-hp four-cylinder and the other with a 330-hp V-6, both hooked to a pair of electric motors that add at least another 135 hp to the grand total.
Once the Pajun has been established in the marketplace, Porsche's total production output should exceed 200,000 vehicles per year.