Porsche 928 Rebirth Rumors Rise Yet Again

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2011 Porsche Panamera 928 rendering

2011 Porsche Panamera 928 rendering

If the truth of a rumor is measured by its unwillingness to die, the arrival of a new Porsche 928 successor is all but guaranteed. We've been hearing the talk for years now, with yet another restatement coming out of Europe today.

The rumors leverage the Panamera platform interpreted in coupe form, the two-door/front-engine layout being about the only thing that ties it to the classic 928. The name for this postulated sport-coupe could increment the 928 by one to yield 929. If it does arrive, it could be built by 2014 or 2015, according to an unnamed insider.

In addition to the hard-top version, Porsche might be building a cabriolet as well, though we're not sure our mental imager can make the jump to a two-door soft-top Panamera.

Stepping back from the hype and hypotheses, an expansion of the Panamera range does make sense, in a way. The bulbous four-door now sits beside the Cayenne as one of Porsche's highest-volume models, and there is likely some element of Porsche's audience that would like a car positioned somewhere between the extremes of the 911 and the four-door. On the other hand, if the 928 formula had worked the first time around, it might still be with us.

Also hinted at by the unnamed Porsche insider: a Panamera-based shooting brake. Now that's an idea we can get behind.


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Comments (3)
  1. I still love the design of the mighty 928 and it still look ahead of its time today! Cutting 2 doors off the Panamera and calling it a 928 is a cheap shot. I do not know whether to laugh or to cry. If that is the route the new 928 is heading, than its just a Panamera coupe.

    A time when cars are getting more aggressive and bold in designs, I think Porsche should show us what their team of designers can do and not cutting/adding areas to their present cars and call it something else or brand new. This is getting a bit tired and honestly, everytime they announced a new model. It always looks like the previous model. I guess that's why I am still a fan of their older models.

  2. "there is likely some element of Porsche's audience that would like a car positioned somewhere between the extremes of the 911 and the four-door."
    Yeah, it's called the Cayman.

  3. car and driver still have thebest renderign for a 928 replacement. Agressive low slung and a hint of 918 in it.
    the 928GTS is still my all time favourite car, and is the one i aspire to own above all others. The McMerc SLR is the modern iteration of that long gone classic.
    very long and agressive bonnet with a snubbed cabin jsut for 2.

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