Porsche has temporarily closed order books for its entire range as it updates and retests each model to the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standards, which come into force in September.
A spokesman told Autocar that Porsche has increased its existing stock of cars to reduce the order bottleneck this causes, but buyers wanting to spec a completely custom model will have to wait until the WLTP-approved models reach market.
“Due to the time this test procedure takes, some models might not be ready for 1 September,” the spokesman said. “But we have grown the stocks of each car in the same way we would if a new model year were to be introduced so as to minimise the impact.”
Such a technique is often employed by manufacturers to fill the space between one generation of car and its successor, but this is the first time Porsche has grown stock for its entire range to minimise disruption for a new regulation. Other major brands are thought to be employing the same tactic.