In celebration of Porsche’s 75th anniversary since the registration of its first sports car, the iconic 356, the company decided to reimagine this classic model with a modern twist. The result is the stunning Vision 357 concept, initially unveiled as a coupe earlier this year and now showcased in its latest iteration: the Vision 357 Speedster.
Taking center stage at the highly anticipated 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., the Vision 357 Speedster concept pays homage to the original 1954 356 Speedster, which was specially created at the behest of renowned U.S. importer Max Hoffman, the visionary behind the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
With the coupe’s glass roof replaced by a sleek windshield, the Speedster exudes an exhilarating sense of freedom. The driver is surrounded by minimalistic design elements, featuring only essential controls and exposed carbon fiber accents throughout the cabin. Notably, the futuristic transparent panel of the digital instrument cluster provides an unobstructed view of the road ahead.
Emphasizing its contemporary nature, the Vision 357 Speedster conceals its taillights beneath an intricately milled mesh pattern, creating a captivating effect. The retro-inspired 20-inch wheels, constructed from lightweight magnesium and adorned with carbon-fiber hubcaps, not only enhance the car’s aesthetics but also improve its aerodynamic efficiency. Departing from traditional side mirrors, slender camera stalks take their place, adding a touch of innovation to the vehicle’s overall design.
Diverging from its coupe counterpart, the Vision 357 Speedster boasts an electric powertrain. Utilizing the platform of the 718 GT4 e-Performance, showcased at the previous year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, this concept car serves as a testing ground for the upcoming electric 718 sports car, set to debut around 2025. Equipped with electric motors on each axle, the Vision 357 Speedster delivers an impressive combined power output of up to 1,073 horsepower.
While a production version of either Vision 357 concept may not be imminent, Porsche’s design chief, Michael Mauer, has hinted that elements from these concepts could influence the design of future models. This includes the potential incorporation of these design cues into the electric 718 or even the highly anticipated next-generation 911.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, running from July 13-16, serves as the perfect platform for Porsche to unveil not only the Vision 357 Speedster but also the 718 Spyder RS and Mission X concept to the public for the first time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Porsche Vision 357 Speedster
What is the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept?
The Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept is a modern interpretation of the classic Porsche 356 Speedster. It is a concept car that combines sleek design elements, electric power, and innovative features.
When was the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept revealed?
The Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept was revealed at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.
Is the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept an electric vehicle?
Yes, the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept is an electric vehicle. It features an electric motor powering each axle, delivering a combined maximum of 1,073 horsepower.
Will there be a production version of the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept?
At the moment, there are no plans for a production version of the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept. However, certain design elements from this concept may influence future production models.
What other models are being showcased by Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed?
In addition to the Porsche Vision 357 Speedster concept, Porsche is also showcasing the 718 Spyder RS and Mission X concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
More about Porsche Vision 357 Speedster
- Porsche Official Website
- Goodwood Festival of Speed Official Website
- Porsche 718 Spyder RS
- Porsche Mission X Concept