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Porsche Vision 357 Emulates the Iconic 356 on Its 75th Birthday

  • The Porsche Vision 357 concept pays homage to the German automaker’s first sports car, the 356, which went into production 75 years ago in 1948.
  • Although based on the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS, the Vision 357 echoes the classic 356 proportions and curvaceous, sleek bodywork of the original Porsche sports car.
  • The Vision 357 is packed with unique details, from the delicate headlight and taillight designs to the motorsport-inspired front splitter and comical decals on the windows and side seats.

Porsche likes to celebrate an anniversary. Sometimes the tributes can feel forced, honoring a vehicle or event that has faded from memory or creating a limited edition as a cash grab for customers who just want an exclusive museum piece. However, the Vision 357 concept, unveiled in Berlin at the Volkswagen Group’s “DRIVE” forum, feels truly special and salutes a worthy ancestor, commemorating 75 years since the launch of the first Porsche sports car, the iconic 356.

2023 porsche vision 357 concept

Surprisingly for a concept car released in 2023, the Vision 357 is not electric. Instead, the sly coupe is based on the bones of the 718 Cayman GT4 RS, including the glorious 4.0-liter flat-six that puts out 493 horsepower. Porsche envisions the mid-mounted motor in the Vision 357 running on carbon-neutral synthetic fuel—as indicated by the “eFuel” logo on the gas cap—which Porsche has committed to developing in hopes of retaining the internal combustion engines that power the trademarked. vividly known.

But the real focus of the Vision 357 is design. Despite sitting on a modern platform, the 357 retains the 356’s proportions, with a narrow cabin, squat stance and wide rear. The bodywork is ultra-smooth, without the harsh creases in the metal that were impossible to create when the 356 first arrived in 1948. The door handles are hidden next to the side windows and the headlights and taillights are barely perceptible, merely represented by a series of dots arranged in circles and rectangles respectively. The brake light is sneakily integrated into the rear grille that runs from the rear glass to the diffuser, another reference to the 356.

2023 porsche vision 357 concept

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The Vision 357 also includes nods to Porsche’s motorsport heritage, most notably with the “75” racing number adorning the doors and bonnet. A large front splitter protrudes while the side benches are made of natural fiber reinforced plastic, as on the Mission R concept and Cayman GT4 ePerformance prototype. The concept rides on 20-inch magnesium wheels with carbon fiber hubcaps that straddle the line between the aerodiscs on ’80s race cars and wheels with traditional spokes.

2023 porsche vision 357 concept

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Porsche designers certainly had fun writing the Vision 357, as evidenced by the comical decals that dot its body. A small cloud with the word “Air” sits on the side glass just in front of the intake, commanding the surrounding atmosphere to naturally feed the engine. A small Tyrannosaurus rex sticker on the side seats stems from conversations the designers had while working on the project, and joked that because they were creating a gas-powered concept in 2023, the vehicle would be “like a dinosaur”. made.

After the Vision 357’s exhibition in Berlin ends in mid-February, it will appear at events around the world. Hopefully the timeless design also serves as inspiration for the next-generation electric 718 sports cars expected in 2025.

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