May 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
After a recent press event rumours that Lamborghini will build its Estoque sedan have sparked up again. The cause? Lambo’s chief executive, Stephen Winkelmann, has stated that a third model line was under development.
Winklemann went on to say “It has to be an everyday car. We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.” He wasn’t kind enough to give clues like which segment the new car would compete in, but he did indicate that it would benefit from collaboration with the VW Group. He also confirmed that the car would take about four years before it reaches showrooms.
Suspicions are running high that the future vehicle is the a production version of the Estoque concept, which was originally unveiled way back at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. If the Estoque does reach production it’s likely to share underpinnings with the next-generation Porsche Panamera, Audi A9 and possibly a Bentley four-door coupe.
October 27th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
In a new report Porsche president Michael Macht has stated that Porsche will now be sharing platforms with other VW Group brands. These platforms will include both the 911 and the Panamera.
The report of Panamera platform sharing came as a surprise to many but it makes a good deal of sense. Even with the expected discontinuation of the 2010 Panamera platform at the end of its current model cycle, around 2017, sharing the platform could yield a lot of benefits for VW’s other brands. There has been success in this area before with the Porsche Cayenne already shared to VW as the successful Touareg.
But sharing the 911 to other brands, or its platform, doesn’t seem like such a hot idea. Even if it is shared to, say, Audi or VW, the Porsche version of the car will remain the most exclusive, highest-performance variant. But opening the door to cut-rate, off-brand 911s could work to tarnish Porsche’s image.
As for the Panamera, the brands thought to benefit from the Porsche-engineered sedan platform haven’t been named yet, but Lamborghini has already been ruled out. That leaves Audi and Bentley as the most likely recipients, with ultra-exlusive Bugatti and more mainstream brands like VW less likely.
What other vehicles could come from sharing the Panamera? At Bentley, the speculation runs toward a basis for a new Continental GT, while Audi could make use of the car as a sedan version of the R8 – but that would compete closely against the Panamera.
Whatever happens with the Porsche-VW union it’s set to be an interesting period for the two automakers.