Some of Porsche's finest have been front-engined transaxle coupes. But will Stuttgart ever make another?
Over two decades before Motor Trend had a similar idea, in 1983, MotorWeek compared the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to the Porsche 928S. At the time, the Camaro was America's best-selling sports coupe and the 928S was Porsche's top-of-the-line model that also happened to have the highest top speed of any car sold here.
The Porsche 928 was perhaps the consummate European GT of its day. With a powerful front-mounted V8 engine that grew in displacement as the model years went on, it was capable of eating up the miles at triple-digit speeds in great comfort for occupants. It was also an unusual beauty, with its sharp front and curved rear featuring innovative integrated bumpers.
There are plenty of reasons to hang around Pebble Beach this time of year, including the fact that manufacturers love to use the Concours d'Elegance as an excuse to roll out some of the more inventive concepts of days gone by. This year, Porsche parked the evolutionary ancestor to the mighty Panamera at its display.
Porsche invested remarkably in the 928, introduced in 1978, planning for it to supersede the by-then 15-year-old 911. It had a transaxle to keep weight balance 50/50, an instrument binnacle that tilted with the steering wheel, sun visors for rear passengers, polyurethane bumpers that, compared to the chromed monstrosities of the day, actually maintained the car's lines, and some of the coolest pop-up headlights ever. Its front-mounted V8 with 297 horsepower got 82 more ponies than the Ferrari 30
The roadways can be a dangerous place to be, no matter what type of vehicle is moving you and yours to and fro. Though cars and trucks are getting safer year after year, the same can't necessarily be said of motorcycles. While advances like anti-lock brakes, traction control and even airbags have made modern motorcycles easier to ride, it's no surprise which vehicle generally wins when a car and a motorcycle collide.
Porsche and Bentley are related under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, and a new rumor suggests that the two might become kissing cousins. Autocar had a chance to speak with Porsche CEO Matthias Müller, and the head honcho of the German sports car vehicle brand says that a collaboration with Bentley could help push future Panamera variants foward. Per Müller,
This is not a new Porsche 928. It's just an interesting sketch, found posted on the internet at Porsche Consulting's website. There are some new rumors about a two-door GT in the same vein of the Porsche 928, and this sketch is similar to some of the renderings that have been floating around. Of course, you toss a bunch of Porsche design elements in a blender, and it wouldn't be hard to come up with this vehicle.
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.
While spy shots of a Porsche Panamera mule wearing the skin of a BMW 5-Series are hardly enough to get the gasoline in your blood to boil, shots of a mule reported to be a coupe variant just might. After the debut of the Panamera sedan in late 2009, Porsche is expected to unveil a new front-engine GT coupe in the tradition of the 928. The spy shots of the GT Coupe show a heavily modified 928 body with extended fender flares and a host of technical development gear. The coupe will share around 60