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Porsche Confirms New-Car Debut For Detroit

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On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Confirms New-Car Debut For Detroit

Earlier this month, reports indicated that Porsche would be debuting an all-new model for the 2011 North American International Auto Show. This week, Porsche has provided our hungover, post-holiday minds with an official confirmation that it will indeed be using Detroit for a world debut.

Of course, Porsche hasn't come clean with the specifics of what it will be debuting. Autocar's report in early-December indicated that the show car would not be a refined version of the confirmed-for-production 918 Spyder Hybrid, which was originally debuted as a concept at last year's Geneva show. Instead that report pointed to a rumored Porsche spin-off of the 918. That model is rumored to be a venerable supercar in its own right and would give Porsche a car between the 911 and the 918.

At that same time, a Porsche spokesman left us with the very unspecific "We’ll have something spectacular to show[at the Detroit Show]. You’ll have to wait and be surprised."

That's about as much as Porsche has given officially. But, assuming that it's taking a hard-lined, narrow definition of "spectacular," we're going to rule out the Cajun crossover--although Porsche's marketing team will undoubtedly surround that model with hyperbole of the highest order. We're also going to rule out an up-spec version of one of its existing cars (ala the 2012 Cayman R from LA); that really wouldn't quite live up to "spectacular," either.

Personally, I'm hoping to see a new, smaller 918-based model. That car has been rumored since October, and I'd love to see what type of car Porsche can spin off the 918 Spyder Hybrid. Plus, word is that that model might revive the 929 badge, so that's a bonus of and in itself.

It's not yet clear if a smaller, 918-based two-seater would be a hybrid in the vein of the 918 itself or a petrol model. I tend to think the former, but rumors have leaned toward the latter. I just hope that we get to find out in a couple weeks.

Since the average, car-loving working man can't necessarily drop everything and fly out to auto shows around the world, Porsche will offer its January 10 press conference via live Webcast at porsche.com/detroit. So whatever Porsche's spectacular, new car is, you'll get to see it at the same time as the press corp.


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