This sketch comes directly off the homepage of PorscheConsulting.com and is nothing but a simple drawing of a car that does not yet exist. Some are going to speculate if this could possibly be the next Porsche 928, others will say it’s just a design exercise, and the rest, hell, they’ll probably just dismiss it as a marketing ploy by Porsche. What this design will do however is evoke some pretty serious thought especially since there are rumors going around that Porsche is in fact working on a new 928 successor.
For those of you out there who were born after 1990 let me give you a piece of history. Back in the early 1970’s Porsche was looking to replace the 911 due to languishing sales and wanted to do this by building the best combination of a luxury sedan and sports coupe. It needed to be comfortable, fast, handle great and look every bit as sexy as the 911, but whereas the 911 was a pure sports car, the 928 was to be more of a GT car. Sketches were done, engines were developed and in 1977 the 240 hp front engined, rear-wheel drive 928 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.
Some people loved it, while others hated it saying that it was too conformist and went against the purist spirit of original 911, the car that Porsche built its reputation on. One thing that couldn’t be denied though was that it was different. It also followed a tried and true American formula as it had a big honkin’ V8 up front and rear drive in the back. We as Americans loved this thing. The problem however was that the big 928 was just that… big, and It didn’t handle as good as the 911. Because of this the 911 continued to be produced and sold next to the 928 as Porsche’s full blown sports car.
Over the years the 928 went through many iterations and with each one it became better and better. It started as the simple 928 in 1977 and by the end of its production run in 1995 (that’s 18 years people) it had the final designation of 928 GTS. The final year as with most product line models is the best, and for the 928 it was no different. It made 345 hp and 369 lb-ft tq., went 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and had a top speed of 175 mph, impressive by today’s standards and massive by those of 1995.
For some, myself included, the Porsche 928 will always be one of the coolest, best looking and most desirable GT cars ever produced. It has a great history and a body shape that is completely timeless. Now I don’t know if Porsche is going to make another big two-door GT car and if they do I have a feeling it will just be a Panamera with two missing doors. What I’d love to see though is for Porsche to go back to the drawing board and rekindle some of that old 928 fire. They do that and you can bet we’ll have a car that is every bit as iconic as the original.