The 911 is an amazing sports car, but what if you need four usable seats?
The second generation of the Porsche Panamera was recently unveiled and we absolutely love it. Many people criticized the original Panamera's looks, but we doubt that these people will have the same objections with the new one. Now that Porsche has finally fixed the Panamera's aesthetics, we think it's the perfect time to create more models that are based off its platform. Even though the new Panamera has been unveiled, we have still spotted Porsche testing some new variant of the car. What could it be?
We aren't sure what Porsche's plans are for the new Panamera, but Porsche North America CEO, Klaus Zellmer has confirmed that there has been demand for a Panamera coupe as well as a convertible. The demand for a two-door version of the Panamera in the US may actually be bigger than the demand for crossovers. Crazy, right? If Porsche were to introduce a two-door version of the Panamera, we have the perfect name for it, the 928. The 928 was built from 1975 to 1995 and was originally intended to be the 911's replacement. The 928 came with a butter-smooth 5.4-liter V8 that could be paired to a manual or automatic transmission.
We understand that a revived 928 would not be intended to be a 911 replacement, but we still think that there is a perfect spot for it in Porsche's lineup and the luxury coupe market. We don't think that a 928 and a 911 would have the same customer. The 911 may have become a lot more user friendly over the years, but it does still sacrifice a bit of practicality. Yes, the 911 does come with rear seats, but we wouldn't want to be stuck in them for any extended period of time. Also, Porsche owners will tell you that the 911's front trunk, or "frunk", can hold plenty, but it isn't exactly built for large items. We think that the 928 would appeal to people who carry more than one passenger regularly and need a bit more luggage space.
The original 928 had a two-door, four-seat layout with a glass hatchback that provided plenty of cargo room. The Panamera is already built in a very similar configuration, albeit with two extra doors. All Porsche would need to do is hack off the rear doors and boom, the 928 would be reborn. We also think that the 928 would compete in a different market than the 911. We consider the 911 to compete against models like the AMG GT, Aston Martin Vantage, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar F-Type, and McLaren 570 S. We think that the 928 would be a closer rival for models like the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, BMW M6, and Bentley Continental GT as well as their convertible counterparts.
So just how good would a new 928 be? Since we are suggesting that the 928 be based on the Panamera, we would utilize the same engines. This means that the base 928 would come with a 434-horsepower 2.9-liter V6. We would also love to see Porsche bring back the 928 GTS which could bump power up to around 460 horsepower. Like the Panamera, our ideal 928 would also have a top-range Turbo variant with the 542 hp 4.0-liter V8. We doubt that Porsche would consider giving this car a manual transmission given the new Panamera's only transmission option is an eight-speed PDK. As much as we would love a traditional manual, not having one would help differentiate it from the 911.
We think that a two-door Panamera variant makes sense for Porsche. It seems like Porsche is ready to move back to a numeric naming scheme, as evidenced by the new 718 Boxster and Cayman. Porsche could even call this new car the 928 Panamera to match the 718 naming scheme. The 911 would continue to be Porsche's purpose-built sports car, while the 928 would be tailored for people who are looking for something more spacious and comfortable. Some purists were a little upset that the 991.2 911 was softer than previous generations, so having a separate grand touring model could allow Porsche to make the 911 even better.