The 928-4 shows the Panamera Sport Turismo is not a new idea.
While seemingly at odds with the Porsche's roots as a sports car maker, the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon seems like a great fit in the brand's lineup because of its combination of style and extra utility. But the company has toyed with the concept of offering a longroof variant of an existing model before. A one-off 928 shooting brake called the 928-4 was built in 1984 as a 75th birthday present for Ferry Porsche - and a recent video has put the spotlight on this unique vehicle.
The Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Germany, started on this birthday present by taking the existing 928 S and stretching it by 250 millimetres. The designers used the extra space to fit a pair of more comfortable rear seats inside. They also made the B-pillar more upright, so it was easier to get back there. A higher roof ensured that occupants had enough headroom, and a rear hatchback made the most of the bigger boot. Up front, fixed headlights replaced the production 928's pop-up units.
Ferry Porsche must have liked the colour green because a dark shade of it covers the exterior and much of the cabin, including the leather trim and carpet.
Despite the extensive body modifications, the company left the powertrain the same as the standard 928. The 5.0-litre V8 produced 306 horsepower, which allowed for an estimated top speed of 162 miles per hour.
There's only a single 928-4 in existence, and it lives in Porsche's warehouse. However, Europeans will finally be able to get own their own wagon from the brand when the Panamera Sport Turismo goes on sale in October. Just 30 years late, Porsche.