We’ve heard rumors, murmurings and letters alluding to a Porsche Panamera-based auto aback the first-generation archetypal fabricated its admission in 2009. Although they haven’t embodied yet, and we haven’t alike apparent the two-door as a concept, a agent for the aggregation accepted the modern-day 928 charcoal on the table.
“We accept not assuredly absitively yet. We accept been discussing this affair for several years, as you could imagine, aback our competitors additionally accept two-door cars. We’re not assuredly accessible yet to adjudge whether to do this or not,” said Thomas Friemuth, carnality admiral for the Panamera artefact line, in an account with Which Car.
If launched, the archetypal would acceptable access as a front-engined auto with a 2 2 basement layout. Whether it would abrasion the Panamera nameplate depends on if Porsche artlessly chops the sedan’s wheelbase and removes the rear doors, or if it gives the car its own design. Either way, it would aces up area the 928 larboard off in 1995.
Global appeal for coupes and convertibles alone decidedly during the 2010s, which makes Porsche’s business case challenging. Mercedes-Benz offers two-door variants of the current-generation S-Class, but they’re a boxy advertise — and the aggregation accepted they will not be replaced aback the next-generation auto arrives. BMW has adored the 8 Series to represent in the segment, but the four-door Gran Auto outsells the auto and convertible models by a advanced margin. It accepted the two-door M8s will sit out the 2021 archetypal year.
“We accept absolutely a nice two-door car in our affairs … it’s alleged 911,” Friemuth said.
He additionally accepted the Turbo S E-Hybrid will acknowledgment to the Panamera ambit in the advancing months. Porsche didn’t detail it aback it appear the changes it’s authoritative to the car for the 2021 archetypal year, but added advice will appear in September 2020. We apprehend the Turbo S E-Hybrid will accept a bigger array pack, and Friemuth acerb hinted the constituent amalgam drivetrain will put added ability beneath the driver’s appropriate foot.
Which Car abstruse the electric motor in every amalgam Panamera will advance 134 horsepower, acceptation the abutting Turbo S E-Hybrid could bear a 754-horsepower bite if it receives the 620-horse V8 that admiral the non-electrified Turbo S appear in August 2020. If that’s accurate, the archetypal will acquire the account of actuality one of Porsche’s best able street-legal cars. It would alike top the 690-horsepower 911 GT2 RS.
Electrification won’t acquiesce the Turbo S E-Hybrid to exhausted the Nürburgring time set by the Turbo S, however.
“The Turbo S E-Hybrid, on a clue like the Nürburgring, will not be faster. It has added horsepower, but in agreement of the weight of the car, at the Nürburgring, the accepted Turbo S is faster. This can alter from racetrack to racetrack,” Friemuth said.
Additional advice about the 2021 Porsche Panamera calendar will appear in the advancing weeks. The short- and long-wheelbase sedans and the Sport Turismo base wagon will access in American showrooms in aboriginal 2021. Meanwhile, crosstown battling Mercedes-AMG is advancing to blaze aback with its own badly able constituent amalgam drivetrain, which will ability the GT Four-Door. It alike hinted it wants its Nürburgring aloof rights back.