Cayenne’s diesel genes

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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.

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