It's a 928 for modern times.

Porsche hasn’t had a front-engined grand-touring coupe since the demise of the 928 in 1995. There’s not a high likelihood of one joining the lineup again anytime soon, but Automedia comes to the rescue by rendering a modern revival as the Panamera-based 929.

Rather than just slicing two doors off the existing Panamera, this rendering gives the coupe heaps of style. In an interesting touch, the B-pillar doesn’t extend all the way to the roof, which leaves a bit of the side glass exposed. The downward sweeping roof features a large glass panel, which might provide good rearward visibility. Peeking inside, you can see the rear seats from the 2+2 layout. The tail borrows significantly from Porsche’s existing sedan, which gives the 929 a look that fits the rest of the company’s lineup.

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Since this model would likely share the Panamera’s platform, it would also be able to use the same engines as the sedan. The range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid with a biturbo 4.0-liter V8 and electric motor provides 680 horsepower (507 kilowatts) and 626 pound-feet (849 Newton-meters), and this powertrain would be just as good in a coupe as the setup is in the sedan. “Mash the throttle and this thing is a rocket: it’s not just the initial acceleration that’s impressive, the 50-80-mph run is suck-you-into-the-seat quick,” Managing Editor Steven Ewing wrote about the drivetrain in the Panamera.

Rumors circulated about a Panamera-based coupe in the past, but nothing ever happened with them. The reason for Porsche not to build the three-door variant is easy to understand – there’s no need for it.  If the extra set of doors turns a customer off from buying a Panamera, then the dealer can walk the person to the other side of the showroom where the endless variants of 911s sit.

Source: Automedia

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