Porsche is preparing to build a sophisticated luxury super-coupé in the spirit of the old 928 — but only if it sees an end to a global downturn in sales.
One senior company source has admitted to Autocar that the large three-door would be a "very nice" addition to the Porsche line-up. But he also insisted that the car is still some way from board level approval.
The new car would be substantially based on the new Panamera, but Porsche would need to make some significant new investments in body engineering as well as interior and exterior restyling.
Autocar understands that the Porsche bosses who are behind the new 928 say that they need to make the best use of the money sunk into the Panamera project by producing another model based on that car.
Sources say that the investment demanded by the Panamera project has been "very substantial". This is mainly because the car’s engineering is almost entirely new.