Word in the media is that Porsche is looking to build something to fill the price gap between the $300k 997 GT2 RS and the $870k 918 Spyder coming out in the near future. Many sources are talking about another mid engine sports car, or even quite literally a toned down 918. Just one question, who in the supercar market wants to buy the half assed, toned down version of another car? The answer is nobody. People who spend as much as a house on a car want “the best” and would not settle for having a “poor man’s” model of anything. I have a better idea, and I hope this is actually what Porsche is doing behind closed doors.
First off there is not a market gap for a mid engine supercar between the turbo 911s and the 918. The blown 911s already compete against the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Mclaren MP4-12C. The next step up would be the Lambo Aventador, Pagani Huayra, and the upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor, but that is where the 918 fits in. This means that this new car needs to be in a different segment altogether, a segment Porsche doesn’t currently occupy, the Gran Turismo.
Im thinking Ferrari FF and 599 Competitor, it would fit the price range and the image would be perfect. The new car would be a direct descendent of the Porsche 928 in the highest end of the modern GT segment. Like the Ferraris this Porsche should be a performance focused GT car that can achieve staggering speeds and handle corners, while still keeping its driver in comfort.
Porsche has shown what they can do with a big car already with the Panamera Turbo, 0-60 in the low 3s, 190mph+, and 70mph+ in the slalom, and that’s with just 500hp. Imagine what could be done with 650-700hp in a car a couple hundred pounds lighter. The use of advanced electronic assists here is welcome because it must not be out done by its Italian competitors, and such gizmos suite modern GT cars quite well. Speaking of power, Porsche could use an up-tuned version of the twin turbo V8 already seen in the Panamera Turbo, some variant of the Carrera GT’s V10 (N/A or Turbocharged), or could design a new engine for the project. This is a Porsche and should have a Porsche engine at it’s heart, but I would also argue that no other engine in the VW/Audi bin would really be suited for a proper Porsche GT car anyway.
With the next generation 911 coming later this year, the GT2 RS won’t be in production for much longer. Therefore, Porsche could try to undercut the Ferraris on price just a little, but at this level it really wouldn’t matter. The main thing they need to do is make it widely appealing in all ways. I personally love the Panamera, however its looks are controversial for many, this must not be the case for the new GT car. It must be absolutely gorgeous like the Carrera GT was, and have that nice sleek Porsche look to it. Awkward proportions must be avoided, and a hatchback design like the 928 would be fine so long as the designers do not force it on the car. The looks must be natural and flowing, elegant yet extremely potent.
Porsche does not currently offer any true GT car anywhere in their lineup and that is a large segment to be missing. I think that this need for an offering in the 400k range could be no better suited than by a 928 successor in the highest realm of the GT class. Porsche is extremely capable to make such a car, and in my opinion, to not fill this gap with a GT car would be extremely foolish. Porsche needs to make this car, and I am sure that it would blow the doors off of the Ferrari FF because that will surely be its target.