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Not long after Porsche announced that it would be building the car that ultimately became the Panamera, rumors of a revival of the 928 began. Porsche's last front-engine GT went out of production in 1995, and it certainly would certainly make sense to reuse the new front-engine car platform for a coupe. If the car, which could be called the Panamera GT, does come to fruition, it will likely go on a shorter wheelbase and perhaps be lighter than the four door.
Hopefully, if the coupe is built Porsche's designers will decide that it's no longer necessary to accommodate six-foot-three-inch former CEO Wendelin Weideking in the back seat. That would allow for a far more graceful roof-line than the humpbacked Panamera. Now would be the time to start crossing all those fingers and toes.

[Source: L'Automobile Magazine]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i certainly would certainly like to hear more about this
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO: lossing two doors will still not save this flacid design and the 928 moniker deserves better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree somewhat.

        The picture at the top of this article does a disservice to the shark. Just simply cutting two doors out of the body of a panamera is not enough, and there is no reason for it to have such a long roofline.

        But I don't think it is necessary that the car looks like the above picture. I think the general chassis, drivetrain, and interior design of the Panamera are good.

        If they give it the angry fascia similar to the new Cayenne, but shortened vertically for a low-to-the-ground car, and if they give it a very sleek fastback profile, with a correctly shaped roof, unlike panamera's roofline...

        I think they could do pretty well, if they do it correctly, and as more than just a 3-door panamera body.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two doors, long roofline = shooting brake?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dissagree: really the only thing that ruins the design IS the roofline, and the reason for it is so the rear passengers have enough headroom... eliminate that concern and I think you have a damn good looking GT...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how the the worst looking part of the car has been cropped in the picture. That tail light, C-pillar, rear wheel, hatch "hunch back", area is just wrong...really wrong.
      Bob Browsky
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't Porsche learn their lesson from the original 928?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bob Browsky
        What lesson would that be? A 17 year run is pretty darn good?

        That a front engine with a rear transaxle is good for handling and weight bias, as well as cabin packaging?

        That a GT coupe is a viable alternative to their other sports cars?

        That V8 power is nice to have, not that a boxer 6 is anything to scoff at... (and I do have a boxer 6 front-engined GT coupe... something Porsche didn't do.)

        That sharp, sleek styling doesn't go out of fashion all that easily, and still looks pretty darn good even now?

        Which lesson are you talking about?

        I am a fan of Porsches, especially boxer engines... but the water-cooler (front-engined) porsches were just fine, in their own right, and the 928 was, and still is a very nice V8 GT coupe. And now Porsche is doing forward-mounted, water-cooled V8 engines again. (and has been since Cayenne arrived...)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bob Browsky
        They did. That's why this time they're not positioning it as the 911 replacement. This time, it's just a coupe based off of a four door roughly based off of the 911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And judging how well the Panamera is selling, it could be quite the competition for the 911.

      I'm of the opinion that a coupe based off the fastest sedan in the world could potentially beat a lot of the fastest coupes in the world... and on this chassis be quite nice to drive as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not really a Porsche fan, but I wholeheartedly approve of a new 928.
      • 5 Years Ago
      928 dreams
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an old 911 maniac I was always sceptical about the Panamera even though I always understood the economic reason to build this car. But then I had the experience to push a Panamera Turbo through the Black Forest on a quiet Sunday morning and although it's so much heavier than a 911 I was surprised that it still has the handling characteristics of a sports car. No comparison to a BMW M or an AMG E/S, these cars could have 1000 HP and would still feel like the sedans they are. Haven't drove a Bentley continental or a Bugatti Quattroporte yet, but I seriously doubt that they can match.

      So while folks rightly discuss the question if the P looks like a Porsche should look, I can seriously confirm that it drives like a Porsche should.

      Greetings

      Baby, Munich / Schwabing
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, well hopefully they pair the V8s with a proper manual transmission then...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The ONLY way a Panamera coupe would work is if it received SIGNIFICANT weight reduction from the sedan.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh good grief. Anyone who's driven a Panamera Turbo at high speed will laugh at the notion that the car's weight is a significant problem. We're talking about one of the fastest, most powerful production cars in the history of the entire auto indusry, and also happens to have sublime handling. Knocking off hundreds of pounds at this point isn't going to do a great deal for the car... it'll only make it more expensive (which it doesn't need to be), less featureful (which defeats the purpose of the car), and somewhat noisier to boot. There's no market for super-light four-door sedans.

        Okay, sure, maybe on a track the Panamera isn't as nimble as a 911, but -- again -- that's really not the point of this car. This is an Alp-climbing, Bahnstorming GT car for four. You want a lighter car for the track? Get a GT3 RS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't believe you're stupid enough to argue against removing weight from a car.
        Do yourself a favor...... just stop posting.



        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no reason to give up the utility of a sedan for a coupe, if there isn't a significant weight savings.
        If you're not aware of the obvious benefits of cutting weight from a car, I don't think I can help you, sir.
        Especially, when it's a 4,400lb performance sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only way I found myself able to accept the shape of the Panamera was to think of it as a 4 door 928, except for the raised 911 front end, which I guess they wanted to stick with since they used the same approach on the Cayenne.

      If those red Italians can do both mid engine and front engine, Porsche should be able to sell 928s alongside 911s.

      I just hope they find a way to make it as futuristic looking as the 928 was when it first came out.
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