Porsche Details Five “Secret Prototypes” On Video

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Porsche 984Porsche Cayenne CabrioPorsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster ClubsportPorsche PanamericanaPorsche 918 Spyder Rolling Chassis
Porsche it the type of automaker that intertwines legend with reality. An automaker brought into the spotlight by talented engineers with a passion for motorized sports, Porsche also happens to own a handful of “secret chambers” where lesser-known concepts are enjoying their retirement.
The Stuttgart-based company decided that it’s high time to go through five of those cars, putting together a video that makes men go weak at the knees. The starting point is the 984, developed from 1984 to 1987.

984 is Porsche for compact, lightweight, and aerodynamic. The two-seat roadster features 968 styling inside and out, but tips the scale at 880 kilograms (1,940 pounds) compared to 1,370 kilograms (3,020 pounds). Even more impressively, this concept has 135 PS (133 horsepower) to offer, translating to 220 km/h (137 mph) on full song.

That kind of speed isn’t posing any trouble to SUVs in this day and age, which gets us to the Cayenne Cabrio. This design study was completed in 2002, and as the name implies, Nissan and Range Rover weren’t the first to chop the roof off their mid-size utility vehicles. As for the most curious feature of the Cayenne Cabrio, that would be the bi-polar rear of the concept.

Next up, the 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster Clubsport from 1987 is an open single-seater sports car based on the 3.2 generation of the 911 Classic. Designed as a tribute to speedsters from the 1950s, this work of wonder could top 245 km/h (152 mph) thanks to 231 PS (228 horsepower).

Panamericana is many things to many people, but for Porsche, it’s rooted in the Carrera Panamericana open-road endurance race held in the earliest part of the 1950s in Mexico. The equivalent to the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia, this event borrowed its name for the 1989 concept created for the 80th birthday of Ferry Porsche.

As distinctive as the Panamerica is, the 918 Spyder Rolling Chassis is the definition of eye candy for a Porsche enthusiast. Completed in 2011 and shown to a few journalists, the prototype has 550 PS (542 horsepower) combined because the powertrain was still in development at that point. Series production started two years later in Zuffenhausen, coming to a grinding halt after 918 examples of the breed were manufactured.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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