Over three decades ago, Porsche had another departure from the legendary sports car maker roots – much in the same vein as the current Panamera Sport Turismo wagon.
At odds with its general image, the Panamera ST is a neat fit inside the lineup where there are also two SUVs, thanks to the great combination of style and extra utility. The company has actually played with such an idea – longroof variant of an existing model – way back in its past. The one-off 928 shooting brake nicknamed 928-4 for example appeared back in 1984 as a 75th birthday present for Ferry Porsche – and we even have video proof of the oddity. The Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Germany, started on this birthday present by modifying an existing 928 S to gain 9.8 inches (25 centimeters).
They then slapped a pair of luxury seats in the back, delivered a more upright B-pillar and higher roof that delivered a hatchback shooting brake styling – and there were even fixed headlights instead of the production 928’s pop-up units. The only thing left unchanged was the powertrain – 5.0-liter V8 packed 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts), good for an estimated top speed of 162 miles per hour (260 kilometers per hour).