According to the Chinese, 2022 is the year of the tiger. At Porsche Hangout, we think that it could very possibly be the year of the Porsche. Despite COVID, chip shortages and Tesla, sales in 2021 were strong. Clever product design means that Porsche (more than ever) is perfectly positioned to compete with the market at large. Let’s take a look at four models that emphasize this, along with where we think Porsche could be headed.
1. 2022 Porsche Cayenne
This is the car that saved Porsche from going bankrupt. A very polarizing model. Whether you belong to the love or hate camp, both have to agree that the Cayenne commands a special place in the Porsche collection. It proved once and for all that sportiness can be combined with practicality. We’ve seen the recent trend of moving away from diesel powertrains affect this segment. Now the base Cayenne is only available in the twin turbo V6 gasoline variant. Looking more closely we’d be inclined to think that the long-term plan with this model is to go fully hybrid, with a view to becoming electric.
Barely 10 years old, this model line is again demonstrative of Porsche’s acute understanding of the dynamic auto market. Can you combine sportiness with luxury? Absolutely. If there was one model that proves that in a Porsche you can have your cake and eat it, it would be the Panamera. We love the sumptuous interior and the fact that you no longer need to think twice before taking your partner and kids. Our personal favorite in this range is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid which practically oozes class and performance in equal amounts.
3. 2022 Porsche 911
Just like an eau-de-parfum the 911 is the essence of Porsche. It doesn’t make concessions for practicality, luxury or economy. This is about performance. This is about driving experience. What we do love about the 911 range is how Porsche has made the experience accessible to all owners by offering such a wide range of variants.
4. 2022 Porsche Taycan
We had to save the best for last. The Taycan is proof that Porsche continues to innovate. We believe that the future of personal transportation is rapidly moving beyond the internal combustion engine. In order to stay relevant, you must adapt and overcome. Porsche did more than that with the Taycan and their revolutionary partnership with electrify America. There may be relief in sight for those of us that are yet unable to afford the Taycan – Porsche may be introducing a cheaper EV.
Honorable Mention – 2022 Porsche 718
Making the top 10 list of Car and Driver’s best automobiles is no mean feat, but Porsche managed to pull it off with the 718. This is also the only Porsche available in a 4-pot version, which is rumored to appear Stateside this year. If you are looking to get into the Porsche experience, but don’t have the experience to box in the 911 ring, this may well be the ticket to ride.
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If all this has left you wondering which Porsche is right for you we don’t blame you. Over the last 10 years Porsche has been relentless in their innovation and reinvention of their definition for the auto. To diversify so much while remaining true to their roots requires the skill we have come to expect from the Stuttgart brand. Right now, not too much about 2022 is certain, but we are sure Porsche will surprise us.
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