Nardone Porsche 928 Restomod has a futuristic 1980s interior to die for
It’s safe to say that there is sufficient High-priced Porsche 911 resto-mods. Been there, seen this – y’all can’t be the new lead singer, folks. There’s fodder in lesser-loved Porsches like Nardone Automotive did with the Porsche tourer that was too far ahead of its time: The 928.
Revealed on Wednesday, the Nardone 928 is described by its creators as “a perfect little sister to all the beautiful 911 restaurants out there”. Like all resto-mods, this is a modernization of a classic car, yet respecting the traditional form while improving the function. Nardone does this by redesigning most of the vehicle in lightweight composites, paying homage to its 16-inch “manhole” wheels with new 18-inch wheels, and restyling its headlights and taillights with a modern twist. The latter is now a single skinny cyberpunk lightbar, while the former remains the original pod-like pop-ups, though they now have the four distinct elements of the current Porsches.
I think they make the 928 look like a Budgett frog, which is appropriate given that it is Wednesday, my friends.
Its interior is updated accordingly, with a clean design and Italian Alcantara and Foglizzo leather upholstery. The center console looks like something Star Trek: The Next Generation, and would be mistaken as such by the show’s original audience, with Porsche Classic Management infotainment and Apple CarPlay built-in. (Fortunately, it’s not that new dashboard sharing system revealed this week.)
Today’s technology also underpins the chassis, with electronically controlled active suspension and variable-ratio electric power steering. Its brakes are larger for a good reason since the car’s naturally aspirated V8, whose displacement has not been specified, has been reduced to 400 horsepower. A six-speed manual transaxle (vs. the factory five) with an integrated limited-slip differential distributes power to the rear wheels, via reinforced axle shafts to handle the extra punch.
Those who already know the 928 as the underrated machine it was, having only sold around 61,000 units in its 18 years of production, will no doubt be pleased to see this poor Porsche finally shaken. The rest of us, well, we’re just happy to be in on the secret. It won’t be well looked after for long, as Nardone’s 928 will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed June 23-26, where it might finally make the general public feel the way about the 928 just a select few- some always have.
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