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Vaigra 02-12-2006 05:34 AM

Porsche 989 Concept 1988
 
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Taken from Wikipedia:
[COLOR=black][B]989[/B] is the internal Porsche project number for a four-dour luxury sports sedan that never went into production.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Type 989 development was initiated in 1988, and was overseen by Dr. Ulrich Bez, who was also responsible for the 993 series.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The platform for the 989 was front-engine, rear-drive, with a wheelbase of 2826 mm.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]A new 80-degree, water cooled V8 engine with a displacement of 3.6 liters and a power output of at least 300 bhp at 7000 rpm was developed. (Various sources cite different engine displacements. According to [I]Autoweek[/I], the 989 V8 engine was to be all-aluminum, displacing 4.2 liters.)[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The prototype was designed by Harm Lagaay, the result foreshadowing the lines of later models such as the 968, 993 and 996. Specific design influences to later Porsche models include the control-arm suspension, which would later be used on the 993, as well as the headlight and tail-light designs which were obviously adapted for the 996. (Autoweek)[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]After Ulrich Bez left Porsche AG in September 1991, the project lost momentum, and in January 1992, development of the 989 was halted. Although Porsche officials initially claimed that the only prototype was destroyed, they now contend that it still remains in storage. A rear-view photograph of the prototype (silver color, 17 inch Cup II wheels, unregistered licence plate BB-PW 989) is published in the German classic car magazine Motor Klassik, No. 4/2003, p. 28.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The Porsche Panamera, due in 2009, can be considered as the successor of the 989 project.[/COLOR]

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Vaigra 02-12-2006 05:59 AM

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henk4 02-12-2006 06:21 AM

The magnum opus on Porsche: Excellence was expected, by Karl Ludvigsen gives a bit more, including a pic of BB-PW989, according to Bez to the Learjey for the Road.

There were tow competing designs, one by Giugiaro and one by Harm Lagaay, who had just taken over the styling department. His was the design of the car shown. Bez: Piech and I spent half an hour in the studio alone with a model of Lagaay's design and could not find enything wrong with it.

The new engine was a 3.6 all-alloy V8, DOHC, weighing 419 pounds
engine size could be stretched to 4200 cc, giving 344 in stead of 300 BHP (after the 989 was axed Porsche tried to sell the engine to others, but nobody wanted it).

Development of the car was done by using a Mercedes 300CE body fitted with engine, powertrain and suspension of the 989.

The cancellation of the project in January 1992 was mainly based on the horrendous cost overrun already experienced and the uncertain market chances of the car.

Ludvigsen does not mention whether the prototype still exists, but he quotes Wiedeking: We tried to something of the project (i.e. selling the engines) but we failed so we scrapped everything.
Whether he meant this literally is unclear.

What was certain is that the project created a lot of antagonism within Porsche, with blames mostly going to Bez and Arno Bohn, who became Porsche MD in March 1990.

Guest 02-12-2006 07:38 AM

hmmmm, just looks like a stetched 911, oh wait, thats what it is, at least the rapide managed to keep the DB9 syle, this just lookes like a 928 had some sick affair with a 911 and then mutilated the child!

HondaNSX 02-12-2006 07:56 AM

it looks stupid, porsche should not make a sedan..

henk4 02-12-2006 08:01 AM

[QUOTE=HondaNSX]it looks stupid, porsche should not make a sedan..[/QUOTE]

or a SUV?

PBB 02-12-2006 08:20 AM

[QUOTE=henk4]or a SUV?[/QUOTE]
Especially not since it's only their best selling model and Porsche defintely can't use the additional capital to invest in developing new sports models.

jorismo 02-12-2006 08:24 AM

[QUOTE=henk4]or a SUV?[/QUOTE]

I think it's for Porsche one of the best desicions ever. They made some big money and can now invest in new cars and other development.

henk4 02-12-2006 08:32 AM

[QUOTE=jorismo]I think it's for Porsche one of the best desicions ever. They made some big money and can now invest in new cars and other development.[/QUOTE]

Maserati is currently being kept afloat by the QP:)

Cotterik 02-12-2006 10:38 AM

man that thing is UGLY

Rockefella 02-12-2006 11:05 AM

[QUOTE=Cotterik]man that thing is UGLY[/QUOTE]
I second that.

Radoman 02-12-2006 11:28 AM

Good thing they never sold that ugly pile.

Wolf03 02-12-2006 12:19 PM

It is a concept...not many concepts look nice but I really think the idea of a 4-door Porsche is bad. It just doesn't feel right but then again, I can't wait to see what design they come up with.

lobster 02-12-2006 12:24 PM

not feelin it

henk4 02-12-2006 12:31 PM

[QUOTE=Wolf03]It is a concept...not many concepts look nice but I really think the idea of a 4-door Porsche is bad. It just doesn't feel right but then again, I can't wait to see what design they come up with.[/QUOTE]

it was not a concept, it was really being prepared for serious production, but economic circumstances prevented that.


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