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Porsche 989: Ugliness runs in the family

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When Porsche presented the Panamera, the first thing I wanted to do was to throw up. Seriously, I have never seen anything so hideous before. And they keep doing this even today; not one generation of Panamera looks good. But, it turns out that we need to blame the Porsche genes for that. Not only that Panamera has ugly brothers in form of Cayenne, Macan, Cayman, Boxster and 911, it also had an ugly predecessor-the 989.

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In 1988, a new wave of designers came to Porsche to present some new changes and to finally make Porsche do something else other than using the same design. So, there were quite a lot of ideas going on, but not many seemed to be good enough to put them into a concept form, let alone into production.

Apparently, this 911 is from the 1980s. To be honest, they are all the same. I don't know how you could tell them apart. Credit: CARMagazine.com

However, there were few problems. First, Porsche lovers tend to say "911 is awesome". But, since Porsches are driven by people who are in a mid-life crisis, I don't think the statement is valid. Second, at that time, Porsche was getting into some financial problems. The sales numbers were dropping, and people were eagerly waiting for a 911 replacement. That's why the new designers had to come up with something to keep the company going. And they did.

So, this was Porsche lineup in the late 1980s. Not much to say, really. Credit: ClasicCarsTodayOnline.com

In the late 1980s, Porsche expanded their range with two new models-the 944 and 928. Initially, the 928 was supposed to replace the squashed Beetle, but it later became a car that attracted some new and younger clients. And then, Porsche started to experiment with more concepts, with their biggest one being the 989.

The 989 came in a form of a 4-door saloon with a front-mounted V8 and RWD, meaning that it was based on the 928. The design is just ridiculous, because it shows what would happen if the 911 got some horrible disease. By adding another set of doors, Porsche didn't improve it. They were unnecessary and not really practical. But, the biggest issue was 5.0-litre V8 engine, which could produce only 300 HP.

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That engine was fine in the 928, but putting it in a 2 ton limousine just didn't make any sense...and it also meant that the power-to-weight ratio wasn't really ideal. Porsche tried to fix that by making a new 4.2-litre V8 with 320 HP, but that wasn't enough either, especially because they wanted to compete with BMW 5 and 7 series and Mercedes and S-class. And to be honest, the interior didn't look quite good compared to BMW and Merc.

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Until 1991, Porsche's Chief Engineer Dr. Ulrich Bez was trying so hard to keep the project going. But, at one point, even he said: "Fuck it. I give up." I don't blame him, because the 928 sales dropped like crazy and it didn't seem like a good idea to replace it with this monstrosity. All Porsche's head honchos sat together and decided to halt the 989 development. In 1992, Dr. Bez left Porsche and the company officially cancelled the 989 project.

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Later, Porsche designers were using the 989 as a mule for other models, so the 989's headlights ended up on the 993, the rear lights on the 996, and the overall vomit-inducing shape was used once again on the hideous Panamera, which is just proof that ugliness runs in the genes. Ever since they presented the first Panamera, they didn't even try to improve the looks to other generations. But hey, you either look like a supermodel (i.e. Ferrari, Pagani, Aston Martin...) or you look like something that came out of an elephant's ass (i.e Panamera...and the entire Porsche lineup). It's all in the genes.

What kind of designers would think that this is beautiful? Credit: Autobild.de

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