Porsche: Time To Do A New 959


The techno-fest that was the Porsche 959 could be getting a spiritual successor in the next few years, according to Porsche's top man.

In an interview with German magazine Suddeutsche Zeitung, Porsche CEO Matthias Muller wants to plug the gap between top-end 911s and the forthcoming 918 supercar with a successor to the 959 of the 1980s.

You might think the boys and girls at Stuttgart will be busy enough with the impending launch of the new 911, but Porsche's boss clearly has his eye on the next stage in the plan to double sales to 200,000 units in the next few years.

The predictable parts of this plan involve greatly increased technology-share with parent company VW, a four-cylinder Porsche Boxster and the new Cajun mini-SUV.

The less predictable part seems likely to involve a new 400,000-euro supercar that should help Porsche compete with the upper reaches of Ferrari's range - the likes of the 599 and FF.

As for when this will happen, or what form it will take, we simply don't know. But it'll certainly be intriguing...

(Thanks to PHer Steve Welham for the spot...)

 

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  • cheesyblob 30 Aug 2011

    If this really is a 959, successor, and it has 4WD, and a Highly powerful Twin-Turbo Flat-6 and Porsche rallies it, this will be a really interesting car.

  • Ex Boy Racer 30 Aug 2011

    Interesting thing is that Porsche competed model for mode with Ferrari back in the 80's no problem. Certainly the Turbo was seen as a match for anything from the Italians.Now due to the erosion of their brand values by cheaper models that just isn't the case - as can be seen by asking prices and waiting lists - so they have to produce a new 959 just to compete with Ferrari's production models. Which means it won't get close to the new Enzo, so it's a lost cause from the start.

    It makes me a little sad, particularly when i remember how special my 993 made me feel in the early 90's, but i guess you can't argue with Porsche's financial results.

  • Twincam16 30 Aug 2011

    cheesyblob said:
    If this really is a 959, successor, and it has 4WD, and a Highly powerful Twin-Turbo Flat-6 and Porsche rallies it, this will be a really interesting car.
    What might be really interesting is if Porsche, in demonstrating that it's a four-seater and therefore eligible, plonks a just-about-within-regulation hyper-turbo'd 1.6-litre four-cylinder in the rear and enters it in WRC.

    Obviously the road cars would have a bigger flat-six, but motorsport tech means you can get that kind of non-road-legal power from a much smaller engine anyway.

    It'd certainly make rallying a great spectacle again.

  • Gatefold 30 Aug 2011

    Whereabouts did the Carrera GT fit in porsche's brand strategy?

  • CampDavid 30 Aug 2011

    Gatefold said:
    Whereabouts did the Carrera GT fit in porsche's brand strategy?
    It didn't need to, they had more money than God at that point

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