Porsche’s V8-powered 928 has been redesigned with a modern twist by a young French company called Nardone Automotive. The restomodded coupé gets design changes inside and out, a custom body made of carbon fiber and a 400 hp V8 engine.
Nardone explained that it has been working on this project for the past three years with the help of partners such as Italian design house Studio BorromeodeSilva. It couldn’t have picked a better time to reveal it: Long frowned upon by enthusiasts, the 928 is slowly earning the respect of collectors, and the popularity of restored classics (like Singer’s 911-based creations) has skyrocketed in recent years. . †
The 928’s wedge-shaped design has been updated with redesigned bumpers at both ends, punched out wheel arches, a modern-looking interpretation of the standard flip-up headlamps and a new take on the taillight bar. 18-inch wheels inspired by the 16-inch units that Porsche offered when the 928 was new give the look a finishing touch, and most of the bodywork is built with carbon fiber to help control weight.
More customization can be found in the cabin, which is upholstered in leather and Alcantara. The instrument panel and center console have an elegantly minimalist design that nevertheless still looks historically accurate, and the Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) system offers the driver a modern, Apple CarPlay-compatible infotainment system. We were told there is also a high-end sound system.
Power comes from an evolution of the 928’s naturally aspirated V8, although that’s not saying much. During its 18-year production run, the coupe saw its displacement gradually increase from 4.5 to 5.4 litres. The front-mounted, water-cooled eight-cylinder should develop around 400 horsepower, thanks in part to modern engine management technology, and it will spin the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. That’s one cog more than the stock 928 on offer. Uprated brakes, an electronic suspension system and an electric power steering system will be standard, so Nardone’s 928 should ride very differently from the original model.
The Nardone Automotive 928 made its public debut during Design Week in Milan in June 2022. It then travels north to England to take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed which opens on June 23, and deliveries are tentative. scheduled to start in 2024.
Pricing information has not been disclosed.