Porsche pays homage to its model line, the 356, with the Porsche Vision 357 and a reference to the Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster – Ferry Porsche’s dream of a sports car. The concept car is built on the technology platform of the 368 kW (493 hp) 718 Cayman GT4 RS. The exterior concept study is the highlight of the special exhibition “75 Years of Porsche sports cars” at the Volkswagen Group’s “DRIVE” Forum in Berlin, which opened with an event on January 25, 2023. The exhibition is open to the public from January 27, 2023, and the Porsche Vision 357 will be on exhibit until mid-February. The design study will be presented at the South by Southwest in Austin from March 10, 2023 and at further international events over the course of the year.
The proportions of the Porsche Vision 357 evoke the lines of the 356. The windscreen wraps around the A-pillars that are black and visually unite the side window surfaces into a single unit. This DLO (daylight opening) graphic resembles the visor of a helmet. The car features the concealed door openers by the side windows and the tail lights, which sit behind a patterned array of points in the body itself. A nod to the original is the grille pattern in the rear, in which the third brake light is integrated. Like all current Porsche models, the Vision 357 features a four-point light signet in front. The round design of the headlights is an hommage to to the characteristic lights of the 356. The two-tone concept with Ice Grey Metallic and Grivola Grey Metallic in the nether regions of the front end hearkens back to the grey tones that were already popular in the 1950s.
The car sits on 20-inch wheels that are made of magnesium and are fitted with aerodynamically advantageous carbon fiber hubcaps and central locks. Visually, they also recall a legendary Porsche wheel: the 356 A and 356 B with drum brakes had rims with the notably large bolt circle of 205 millimeters.
The “75” anniversary logo decorates the doors and the front of the concept car like a start number. The wrap-around, jointless front hood is fastened with quick-release mechanisms. Threaded rods stabilize the large front spoiler. On the side sills, the Porsche designers used natural fiber-reinforced plastic (NFRP). The basis for this sustainable materials is provided by flax fibers from agriculture. Instead of traditional exterior mirrors, the concept car is fitted with cameras on the edge of the roof. The visible tailpipe trim in the rear is made of blueish-looking titanium, while the inside of the tailpipe is made of ceramic.
The Vision 357 has process air intakes positioned high behind the driver- and passenger-side windows, which designers decorated with “Air” decals. The naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine theoretically draws 368 kW (493 hp) from four liters of displacement.
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