[December 3, 2008] Many an enthusiast dreams of owning a Porsche. Porsche loyalists expect Porsches to be rear-engine, rear-drive two-seat coupes. That is, after all, the way it's almost always been, and what (at least traditionally) makes a Porsche a Porsche.
Many a Porsche loyalist considered ~ and probably still consider ~ the Cayenne SUV to be an abomination. But Porsche survived the "upheaval," and the Cayenne has been successful enough to remain in production, even into a second-generation model. Who knows how those loyalists are going to react to something equally "sinister" ~ a front-engine, four-door Porsche? On the surface, it may seem like insanity ~ even sacrilege ~ on Porsche's part, but it really does make sense.
For starters, the earth didn't spin of its axis with the introduction of the Cayenne SUV. Secondly, four-door "sports coupes" are growing in number, and rapidly so. Mercedes may have started the segment with its coupe-like CLS four-door (which has just been "cloned" in the form of VW's Passat CC). Many other sport sedans have taken on a coupe-like profile, the Lexus GS serving as one excellent example. Even the next Buick LaCrosse four-door sedan is taking on a coupe-like stance. But, more significantly, serious sports car makers are jumping on the four-door sports coupe bandwagon. Aston Martin seems serious about producing its Rapide four-door, and Lamborghini is currently showing off a seemingly production-ready Estoque four-door. Why would ~ how could ~ Porsche, one of the most revered sports car manufacturers on earth, sit on the bench, watching everyone else play the game?