New Porsche boss says his firm should be sharing platforms and knowledge with Bentley

Porsche’s new boss Matthias Müller has said the firm should share platforms and knowledge with VW Group stablemate Bentley - but admitted the British brand’s own plans could affect the chances of putting further variants of the Panamera into production.

Porsche is said to be keen to improve its economies of scale, particularly on the Panamera’s platform. That’s led to speculation that the car could spawn a a big two-door coupé as an indirect successor to the 928.

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Müller has now admitted that further variants of the car are likely, but he also foresees tie-ups with Bentley. “I think we have to discuss with Bentley whether we can put together our performance, our engineers,” he said. “It should be possible.

“What we want to do, in conjunction with Bentley, is to have a common architecture, a common performance in purchasing, and so on. That is just an offer to Bentley; you have to understand. Everybody will be keen to get synergies and reduce costs, and at the end of the day, have a better revenue.”

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Müller said that more than one Panamera variant was being considered. “To have only a four-door limousine is a boring option for the future,” he stated. “You can imagine a coupé with two doors, a longer version, maybe a van, a combi, or something else. There are a lot of ideas about the Panamera line-up but we cannot do all of these derivatives at the same time, and we need to look at the customers, whether they are keen to have a derivative of the Panamera.

“We have to look at our competitors, and our internal competitors. Maybe there is a Bentley; we have to look at whether the Porsche can fit in with the strategy there. It would be stupid to have a car, a derivative, which substitutes, or is substituted, to 100 per cent by another brand.”

When asked directly if Bentley’s Continental GT would affect the production decision on a two-door 928 successor, Müller said, “Yes, of course.”

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23 November 2010

Surely nobody would want a Porsche the size of a Bentley , would they ? I would have thought a Porsche/Bugatti tie-up more suitable , since the Veyron is the sort of car old Mr P might have designed if someone had offerred to pay for it.

18 July 2013

I've been dreaming that I can have like this someday.

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23 November 2010

“You can imagine ... maybe a van, a combi, or something else."

Sorry? Did I read that right???

23 November 2010

Surely the 928 would compete more with Audi at 60-100k price point rather than Bentley at 110k+ price point. And did he seriously suggest a Panamera based van, uhh Mr Muller the doctor will see you now. Actually Porsche did design the original Zafira, maybe a 7 seater is on the cards?

Myk

23 November 2010

[quote Paul123]

“You can imagine ... maybe a van, a combi, or something else."

Sorry? Did I read that right???

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Brilliant! Can I put an early order in for a caravanette?

And he mentioned stretched! One thing the already plug-ugly Panamera doesn't need is more sheet-metal.

Has he been at the Christmas sherry?

23 November 2010

To all those hoping that being integrated into the VAG group would allow Porsche to concentrate on building sports cars and not have to worry about balancing economies of scale by building SUVs and ugly saloons, be very afraid.

The stretched-van-combi Panamera family is coming, undoubtedly with vague 911-esque design cues which don't fit at all and look foolish. But anything to help the team get to 10 million cars per year, I guess...

23 November 2010

Oh my god, white van man with air cooled porsche turbo engine - makes me shiver just thinking about it...

To live is to drive

23 November 2010

“To have only a four-door limousine is a boring option for the future,” he stated. “You can imagine a coupé with two doors, a longer version, maybe a van, a combi, or something else. There are a lot of ideas about the Panamera line-up but we cannot do all of these derivatives at the same time"

Is this the same philosophy that brought up Nissan Murano convertible?

Dark age of taste!

23 November 2010

I can see it now a Porsche 911 weighing 2.7 tons powered by the W12 engine. In reality it would make sense to share the V8 engine to contain development and manufacturing costs.

23 November 2010

What a depressing news article...

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