A beautiful tribute to the first Porsche, the 356

A beautiful tribute to the first Porsche, the 356

The Stuttgart manufacturer is celebrating a very important anniversary. For this, it provides a concept that connects the past, present and future.

Porsche raises the curtain on a brand new concept that fans of the luxury brand will love. It is a tribute to the Porsche 356, which, on June 8, 1948, officially became the first model of the brand to receive its general working permit.

The modern Porsche 356

“We have created a very unique anniversary in the form of the Porsche Vision 357, which uses the 356 as a basis to emphasize the importance of our design DNA”said Michael Mauer, Vice President of Porsche’s Fashion Division. “This concept car is an attempt to combine the past, the present and the future with coherence, with a balance that remembers its historical form and details that raise expectations for the future.”

The proportions of the Porsche 357 vision undoubtedly evoke the feelings of the 356. Its shoulders are broad and the windshield wraps between two black A-pillars to “visually connecting highlighted side faces”. The surfaces of the body work are smooth, for example, the door handles are hidden near the windows. At the back, we get a nod to the 356 through the grille that includes the third brake light.

With a flat 6 of 500 hp

The Porsche Vision 357 has 20-inch magnesium wheels fitted with carbon fiber covers and center locks. These rims are reminiscent of those of the Porsche 356 A and 356 B. The two-tone paint scheme in Ice Gray Metallic and Grivola Gray Metallic “recalls the gray tones that were already popular at the time”. This Porsche has no mirrors, instead there is a camera. Its exhaust pipe is made of titanium and its side skirts use natural fiber reinforced plastic or NFRP as in the Porsche Mission R.

Under its beautiful body, we find the expected 500 hp six-cylinder boxer engine. This Porsche Vision 357 is actually a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS in disguise. This mid-mounted engine can use synthetic oil.

It will be on display until mid-February in Berlin as part of the exhibition “75 years of Porsche sports cars”. It will then be presented at other international events.