The title screams ‘80’s hair band reunion tour, but it’s really a feel-good film for Porsche fans around the world.
Porsche fancies itself as something of a rebel in the automotive realm. At least, that’s the underlying tone in a documentary recently released by the manufacturer. Called Decades of Disruption, the 27-minute video draws on a bit of star power and lots of marketing speak to establish the brand as a “disruptor” of auto trends and performance benchmarks through the years.
All of Porsche’s big players make an appearance, starting with the 356 and 550 Spyder before transitioning to the 911 and its turbocharged 930 variant. From there we see the 959 with some admittedly cool Dakar footage, followed by the Carrera GT and Porsche 918 Spyder. You’d think that would be Porsche’s endgame for a short feature on mind-blowing machines from Stuttgart, but the video wraps with a lengthy look at the Panamera and a teaser for the properly impressive Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
We got up close and personal with the new Panamera flagship at the Geneva Motor Show, and it certainly fits the bill for being a disruptive, segment-busting vehicle. Its boosted 4.0-liter V8 and electric motor combine to create 680 horsepower, sending this four-seater to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. That’s a bit off from the all-electric Tesla P100D in Ludicrous-Plus mode, but still quite impressive for something designed to carry more than two people.
Sadly, fans of front-engined Porsches from the 1980s will be left wanting more. There’s nary a mention of the 924, 944, or the 928. Also curiously absent in any form is the Boxster, not to mention the Cayenne sport-utility vehicle. Considering the video’s lengthy conclusion featuring all kinds of Panamera love, we suspect Porsche is banking heavily on its not-a-hatchback five-door family car to carry the brand into the future.