Cayenne’s diesel genes
Panamera S to $364,900 for the Turbo model and Porsche is trumpeting five innovations including the operating system for the lift-up rear wing.
But there is no word on numbers for Australia.
‘‘That is the million-dollar question,’’ Winkler says.
He forecasts as many as 80 per cent of Panamera buyers will be new to Porsche and expects them to be pushing for something new on all fronts.
‘‘The customers will be more demanding,’’ he says. ‘‘I think the expectations of Panamera customers will transform our organisation.’’
Winkler says the Panamera will join the Cayenne in Porsche’s hybrid push, though it is unlikely the fourdoor luxury car will get a diesel. ‘‘At this point, no plans,’’ he says. And what about the hybrids? ‘‘Cayenne will get here first,’’ Winkler says. ‘‘Before the end of 2010. We might be six weeks later than Europe but we really want it here before the end of 2010. We will get the first right-hand-drive cars produced and on a ship before England.’’
The hybrid will be part of a new Cayenne model, which Winkler stresses is a pure Porsche and not just a body job on the Volkswagen Touareg with powerful engines.
And, for the first time, he emphasised even the first-generation Touareg was really a Porsche project.
‘‘It is a car we did for Volkswagen. So they have taken a Porsche, we have not taken a Volkswagen,’’ Winkler says.