Nardone Automotive breathes new life into the Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 is back. He wasn’t particularly popular back then, and his futuristic look didn’t catch on. But over the decades, a fan base emerged. Among them Thierry Nardone, who developed a restomod for the classic with his company Nardone Automotive and breathed new life into the 928.

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At first glance, the restomod and the original model look almost identical. Only gradually does the eye catch many modern details.

Optics: The body is very close to the original

Starting with the body, which has been widened at the fenders and is made almost entirely of carbon. The front and rear lights have also been modernized and equipped with LED technology.

Nardone Automotive Porsche 928 Restomod

The body has been widened at the fenders and is made almost entirely of carbon.

An important detail: the headlights now shine with LED light, but the old pop-up headlights – which are no longer found on new cars – have been retained. That should warm the hearts of all enthusiasts. At the characteristic rear of the Restomod, a strip of light now stretches across almost the entire width.

Nardone Automotive Porsche 928 Restomod

Very trendy: the light strip at the rear of the restomod.

The rims have also been reinterpreted, but they are clearly based on the old 16-inch “manhole” wheels. Today, however, two inches larger and completed with Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tires.

Interior: This is where modernity comes into play

The interior is fully lined with Foglizzo leather and Alcantara. But the even greater contrast between the original 928 and the specially developed GT is the technology.
Nardone Automotive Porsche 928 Restomod

Interior with Foglizzo leather and Alcantara, plus there’s carbon. Speedometer and infotainment are digital.

This is where the restomod comes up trumps with Porsche’s PCCM infotainment (Porsche Classic Management System), which was specially developed for use in Porsche classics. Apple CarPlay is already integrated. The speedometer has also been digitized, and some carbon in the interior should not be missing either.

Technology: The French 928 makes 400 hp

Even if the design of a revised classic is fascinating – the heart remains the engine. The Porsche still drives in a very classic way with a V8 naturally aspirated engine. Today, however, with an output of 400 hp; In 1977 it was 240 hp.

In 1992, on the other hand, the last year of construction, the Porsche 928 GTS came with 350 hp from a displacement of 5.4 liters. This variant comes closest to the Restomod in terms of performance. However, the 928 from France is based on the Porsche 928 S4, which was built from 1987 to 1991 (five liters displacement, 320 hp and V8 engine with four-valve technology).
Nardone Automotive not only made sure to preserve the special features of the 928 in terms of design, but also in terms of technology. That’s why the restomod comes in a transaxle design: the engine is in the front of this vehicle, while the transmission is in the back. Above all, they wanted and want to achieve a balanced weight distribution (Mercedes also used this technology with the SLS).

Instead of the five gears previously installed, there is now a manual six-speed gearbox in conjunction with a limited-slip differential. In addition, the Restomod drives with electronic suspension, a reinforced brake (due to the increased power) and power steering.

Price: The Restomod costs almost 500,000 euros

One opportunity to see the “new 928” live is at the “Goodwood Festival of Speed” in Westhampnett, southern England (June 23-26, 2022).

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Nardone Automotive breathes new life into the Porsche 928

And finally, more good news: The Restomod will not remain a one-off. It can be ordered now and is not limited – but there is a “Launch Edition” comprising eight cars, which is said to cost 480,000 euros net without the base vehicle. The first customer vehicles are to be delivered from 2024.

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