Looking back instead of always looking ahead: With a new study, Porsche celebrates the debut of its first sports car 75 years ago. But this Vision 357 is far from “retro.”
Berlin – Porsche celebrates 75 years of sports cars. The premiere of the 356 “No. 1″ Roadster in the summer of 1948, the manufacturer paid tribute to them with a new design study. This Vision 357, now presented in Berlin, takes up the lines of that legendary two-seater as a masterpiece. The no. 1″ received the licensed for general operation on June 8 as a roadster, the first car under the Porsche name, and then moved into full-scale production as a coupe.Nonetheless, the study points to the future, according to design director Michael Mauer.
This is not just shown under the name Vision 357. Built on the floor of a 368 kW/500 hp Cayman GT4, the silver flask is intended to show what Ferry Porsche’s dream car would look like today.
Classic details combined with new technology
The Mauer design team took care of details such as the wraparound windscreen or the characteristic fan grill of the 356, but at the same time broke new ground with lights or cameras instead of exterior mirrors.
The Vision 357 can look sharper, be stronger, drive faster, and have higher value. But the original is vastly superior in one respect: Although the studio only exists once, around 78,000 examples of the 356 were built between 1948 and 1965. dpa