Audi has had a horse in almost every automotive race for awhile now. Sporty sedans, luxury sedans, sporty coupes, mid-engine supercar, luxury SUVs, sporty SUVs — the list goes on and on. However, one automotive segment Audi has yet to enter is the premium GT car segment. Currently occupied by all of its rivals, Audi is the only one left out of the race. However, it might have a chance to enter thanks to VW Group sibling.
It’s just now being reported by Autocar that Porsche could possibly be working on a two-door Panamera Coupe/ Cabriolet. Such a car would be a two-door, front engine GT car based off of the Panamera.
According Porsche design boss, and Panamera designer, Michael Mauer, “As a designer there are no limits to what I can conceive. I believe it is the design department’s role to sketch and consider every model it can for the future so that we are ready should anyone wish to pursue a project.”
This is pretty standard in the industry. Car companies and their designers will often sketch or design car ideas that might not even be made, just to sort of test the waters a bit. However, that does mean the idea is real. Plus, while Mauer wouldn’t confirm it, he wouldn’t deny it, either.
“But if you are asking me to confirm if such projects are on the way then you are going to be disappointed. It is not my role to consider such things.” he told Autocar.
If Porsche does make a Panamera Coupe, it would sort of be a spiritual successor to the original Porsche 928 (one of my personal favorite cars of all time). In fact, Autocar’s sources claim that if such a car were to be made, it wouldn’t use the Panamera name but instead something sportier. If that’s the case, we could get an actual successor to the 928.
However, the more interesting bit is what Audi might do with this. If a Porsche Panamera Coupe were to exist, Audi would have a platform to base its own premium GT car on. Something like a potential Audi A9; with a front-mounted V8, two-doors and Quattro all-wheel drive; would certainly be possible based on a Panamera Coupe.