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Sketch on Porsche website shows big front-engined coupe in the style of the 928
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25 June 2010

Porsche seems to have given the clearest hint yet that it intends to build big front-engined coupe in the style of the 928.

This sketch is on the opening page of the Porsche Consulting website and appears to show a 928 type coupe with strong 911 styling cues.

See the Porsche 928 picture

There have been long-running rumors that Porsche would spin-off a two-door GT using the same basic architecture that underpins the Panamera five-door.

Other sources have suggested that some senior Porsche engineers have been frustrated that the 911 is limited to six-cylinder engines and would like to build a front-engined V8 GT car which would more closely compete with rival models from Ferrari, Mercedes and Aston Martin.

Porsche has probably been encouraged by the strong sales performance of the Panamera, which should allow the company to easily hit its 20,000 per year target for the five-door model.

Porsche Consulting is part of Porsche Automobile SE and was spun off in 1992. Today it employs 222 people and turns over 61 million euro, working on projects including training and business consultancy as well manufacturing projects in the Automotive, construction and furniture industries.

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Los Angeles 27 June 2010

Re: New Porsche '928' revealed... or not

TheOmegaMan wrote:
It is great. Any car can be improved though.
That's a meaningless phrase applicable to lots of fine cars, and it isn't as if Porsche are stuck in a time warp still selling 356Bs, with Beetle engines, is it?

The 911 is the most incrementally improved car on the planet, over 40 years development, a car undergoing perpetual improvement, the most recognised for its unique shape, deceptively simple, often copied, never emulated. Some admirers may prefer earlier, less electronically complicated, lighter models to current versions, (like me) but that's a driving preference, not a dislike of modern 911s.

TheOmegaMan wrote:
I'm not a Porsche accountant so what do I care?
That doesn't stop you telling Porsche how to sell more, hence:
TheOmegaMan wrote:
The new USP would make it a seller.

TheOmegaMan 27 June 2010

Re: New Porsche '928' revealed... or not

Los Angeles wrote:

Why?

Can it accelerate faster, out-do the top speed, be cleaner than the current engine?

Will it be lighter?

Will it cost next to nothing to tool up the factory?

Will there be no reliability issues?

Will a flat 8 sell more 911s than ever?

The current 997 is a superb super car. Why fix it?

In the name of progress. Engines getting towards 4 litres would be better to have 8 cyl, as well as the 911 needing to fend off M3s and in-house rivals

Maybe not

First two, yes, the last one I assume you mean 'economical' because CO2 is NOT a pollutant. It would be similar mpg.

I'm not a Porsche accountant so why should I care? It's the cost of progress...

The flat 6 hasn't exactly been a beacon of reliability.

The new USP would make it a seller.

It is great. Any car can be improved though.

jelly7961 26 June 2010

Re: New Porsche '928' revealed... or not

Los Angeles wrote:
Can it accelerate faster, out-do the top speed, be cleaner than the current engine? Will it be lighter? Will it cost next to nothing to tool up the factory? Will there be no reliability issues? Will a flat 8 sell more 911s than ever? The current 997 is a superb super car. Why fix it?

You tell him La La! A lot of the negative comments about the 997 - and in particular the fact that it looks like the first 911 are nothing but petty jealousies in my opinion. I do not believe there to be a more rounded car available. Fast? Check Well-built? Check Economical? Check. And yes please bring back the 928 - it and my W124 Merc were my nominations on the Bext car you ever owned? thread.

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