There’s been quite a bit of talk recently about this long-forgotten Porsche concept car, as the German company pulled it out of the mothballs to show it at Pebble Beach. In all honesty, I don’t really understand all the hating about this car; sure, it’s awkward, not particularly pretty and according to Porsche, not quite rigid enough to make it into production, bur frankly, it’s not that bad. The 1987 Porsche 928 H50 Concept car looks exactly as you would expect it to, if you tacked on an extra pair of doors on a 928 and made it longer. Check it out:
Seriously. It’s not that bad. I know that for purists, the original Porsche 928 was an unmentionable sacrilege and a sin against nature, but come on. To my eyes, it looks very much like the Porsche Panamera now offered, which is a fine-looking car. I’ll admit that the H50 doesn’t look nearly as polished as a finished product should, but it’s a concept car, so it’s to be expected. It’s even surprising that it is fully functional. To me, the only thing that’s a problem, visually speaking, is the fact that the car is riding way too high.
Despite its unconventional appearance – for a Porsche – the 928 H50 was powered by the same V8 that propelled the standard, two-door 928, and it could reach a top speed of 168 miles per hour, a number it has nothing to be ashamed of, even today.
As far as I’m concerned, the rear of the car is really the part that screams UNFINISHED. The window seems ill-fitted, and there’s a noticeable lack of detailing. It’s really a shame they didn’t keep working on it, as I think it would have made a fine addition to their line-up, at the time. Every company can benefit from a four-door supercar, even Porsche.