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    Porsche is on fire

    Have you all noticed that since almost a year ago, when the 997 was unveiled, Porsche has introduced (including C4 & C4s) 8 different models.

    997 C2
    997 C2S
    997 C2 Cab
    997 C2S Cab
    987 Boxster
    987 Boxster S
    and now
    997 C4
    997 C4S

    I have never seen in the history of Porsche that so many cars got introduced to the public in such short period of time.

    Now my point is, Do you all anticipater to see the 997TT sooner than we expected it?

    Considering the number will increase shortly by the introduction of the 997 GT3 and the Cayman in September.

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    My belief on this one is that it must be a real pain at the factory keeping the tooling for the 986/996 series going alongside the 987/997 - I'm sure the production engineers are desperate to get the 996 production out of the way for many reasons; floorspace, logistics and potential for error being but a few.

    As has already been said on this forum, Porsche has had the time and the money this time around to plan and design the production process properly, and not being budget-constrained (as they surely were with the 996), no doubt they've been able to work on many 997 variants simultaneously, which is bound to be more efficient anyhow.

    Can't wait to see the Turbo ... how quickly it appears will I guess depend on how much it shares in common in terms of tooling and components with the existing 987/997 variants.

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    Any new info about the release date of the 997 GT3???

    it seems that C4 and C4S are here soon as what we think before,so..are there some surprises??

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    To me its just two models in different trims. Is the Mercedes E350 really different from an E500 or E55? I don't think so. And the 997 is a 997 regradless of trim or engine size.

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    WOW. I have to ask how many cars (all models) is Porsche making/assembling perday?

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    At the Zuffenhausen facility in Stuttgart, Porsche is making 150 cars/day on 2 shifts. Includes all models except the Cayenne (which is made in Austria, I think) on the same production line. Interestingly, the cars can be intermixed on the line as they come through. Production of a series of cabriolets is limited to how many roof retracting mechanisms they can make and have ready. I saw about four waiting to be installed, meaning that they couldn't have had five cabs in a row on the production line. The whole process of assuring that the right parts are at the right spot in the line is amazing giving the many different combinations that are possible, including models, colors, interior designs, engines, etc. Just watching the production of the dash boards was amazing, several carts worth of parts and a series of steps by the production workers to build the thing. The engines are each made by a single technician who walks along with the engine on a conveyor system through about 30 steps picking parts off the bins behind him, turning around and installing them, the whole process taking about two hours for each engine.

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    Balloonmeister,

    Quite informative post. The efficiency of the Zuffenhasen assembly line to which you refer is interesting from an operations standpoint. Also the rapid intro. of 997 variants speaks to the planning of the latest 911 from upper management, from Wiedeking on down. BTW, I think the Cayenne is built in Leipzig (Germany). My understanding is that the fruits of the Cayenne labors (with high sales in the USA and high profits therefrom) has helped PAG accumulate capital that enabled it to plan and execute the 997 series with model variants coming in rapid-fire. Management at my local dealer here in the USA speculates that the 997TS in coupe and cab form might be available here in the states by summer 2006. Here's hoping they're right!

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    Seeing as the Cayenne has been able to give P a boost it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next while. With gas prices increasing I'm not sure that the Cayenne will see another surge, even with the newly planned restyle. And, with the sports car market being slightly limited, it'll be curious as to the next "big hit" for them, that will be the big money maker? I'd think the 997 line is their current success story. Will it be the sedan that they've been talking about? It appears the Boxster days are sorta gone so I'd doubt that the Cayman will be a runaway hit. Any thoughts?

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    SrfCity said:
    Seeing as the Cayenne has been able to give P a boost it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next while. With gas prices increasing I'm not sure that the Cayenne will see another surge, even with the newly planned restyle. And, with the sports car market being slightly limited, it'll be curious as to the next "big hit" for them, that will be the big money maker? I'd think the 997 line is their current success story. Will it be the sedan that they've been talking about? It appears the Boxster days are sorta gone so I'd doubt that the Cayman will be a runaway hit. Any thoughts?



    Regarding the Cayenne I agree with you in particular with the advent of Audi Q7 (7 seater) around the corner it won't help at all.
    Cayman on the other hand will have a good run compare to the Boxster.
    The money maker I would say would be the 4-door sports sedan. I just hope they'll introduce it before S6 or RS6 becuase price wise it will be higher than the two for sure and performance wise who knows?
    I have a feeling that the 4-door will be based on the A6 Chassis and the Cayenne engine (Audi too) which in a way makes it a rebaged Audi with higher price tag; but it will make good money for Porsche if it gets to the market soon enough.

     
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