With Porsche changing its naming convention to a numerical system for its sportscars (with the 718 range set to join the 911 soon) a name from the past has re-emerged and may grace the rump of a new range-topping sports tourer.
Last seen in 1995, the 928 moniker looks set to appear on a new front-engined coupe, but unlike the V8-only original, the new 928 is expected to offer a selection of turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, with both rear and all-wheel-drive models.
The drivetrain choices will mirror those of the second-generation Panamera, with the new 928 and Panamera set to share the Volkswagen group’s Porsche-developed premium MSB front engine, rear drive platform which will also be seen beneath the next Bentley Continental.
Don’t expect a retro-revival of the original 928 however; the styling will more likely follow Porsche’s recent themes. The look of the next Panamera will lead the 928’s styling direction, with the recent Mission E sedan concept giving a preview of what to expect.
As a proper four-seat coupe the new 928 will offer accommodation that the 2+2 911 range can’t match, but will also be positioned as more a of a GT, rather than an all-out sports car, lining up against competitors as diverse as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, and the coming Aston Martin DB11.
As for a time-frame, the next Panamera isn’t expected to surface until late 2016 or early 2017, with the 928 most likely to follow up to 12 months later.
After that expect Porsche to add more high-performance variants as the model ages. However, no drop-top version is on the agenda, with the 928 expected to remain as a coupe only.
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