It’s not every day that we see a fleet of Porsche test vehicles lined up in a row. That’s exactly what happened recently in Southern California, Redondo Beach specifically. A Cayenne, Cayenne Coupe, and Panamera were resting in the parking lot, and a cool Motor1.com reader stepped in to snap some close-up photos.
These three prototypes all sported Porsche black band camouflage, but thanks to a fan named Ted (hikingsupsurf67 on Instagram), we are treated to a very take a close look at them all. He was friendly enough to share a high-resolution image with us, which was a huge help in peeling off the faux headlight tape and trim to give us an idea of what was going on underneath.
Our attention falls to the Panamera first, as sightings of a previous prototype suggest that we could be looking at a whole new generation rather than a facelift. We saw the same changes to the fascia on this model, and we were treated to a very close look at the smaller Taycan-inspired headlights from the Panamera. Extensive camouflage on the fenders and rear pillars suggests this is the next-generation Panamera. The current model has been around since 2016, so it’s definitely due.
As for the Cayenne prototype, our sources don’t believe it’s the next-generation model. The standard Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe are seen here with camouflage relegated to the front fascia and headlights, where again we are treated to a very close look. Porsche will set things up, as is easily seen with the large corner vents. The headlights will also be slightly smaller and edgier, and there will be a slight redesign of the taillights. As an added bonus, this Cayenne Coupe test vehicle appears to be a hot Turbo GT, meaning there’s 631 horsepower or maybe more under the hood.
We said possible because Porsche could add a few more ponies to the Cayenne lineup with this refresh. We previously reported on the possibility of a revised hybrid powertrain for the SUV, though nothing has been confirmed yet. Similarly, with such extensive exterior and interior changes coming to the Panamera, at least a few changes under the hood of the sedan for hybrid and pure combustion models are all warranted.
The updated Cayenne lineup could debut this year as the 2023 model. We still think the new Panamera is a bit further along, debuting next year for the 2024 model year.
Enjoy more Porsche chat on the Rambling About Cars podcast covering the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, available below.