Berlin (dpa / tmn) – Porsche is celebrating 75 years of sports cars. The manufacturer honored the PREMIERE of the 356 “No. 1” Roadster in the summer of 1948 with a new design study. This 357 Vision, now unveiled in Berlin, takes that legendary two-seater line as a showpiece. “Number 1” received a general operating license on June 8 as a roadster, the first car under the Porsche name, and then went into mass production as a coupe. The research however points to the future, according to design director Michael Mauer.
This is not only indicated by the name Vision 357. Built on the floor pan of the 368 kW/500 hp Cayman GT4, the silver bottle is meant to show how Ferry Porsche’s dream car would look today.
Old details combined with new technology
Mauer’s design team took details such as the windshield or the distinctive fan mirror from the 356, but at the same time broke new ground by using lights or cameras instead of exterior mirrors.
The Vision 357 may look sharper, have more power, drive faster and have a higher value. But the original is better than it in one way: while the study only exists once, almost 78,000 examples of the 356 were built between 1948 and 1965.
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