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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The unseen Porsche's sportscar concept powered by motorcycle engine

When an automotive company develops a car model and the results are then able to trigger motivation for similar companies to develop their own vehicles. We can see this, when Volkswagen (VW) launched the Volkswagen XL1, a futuristic electric-powered sportscar back in 2013. The mentioned car then made its compatriot automotive company Porsche amazed by the use of a carbon fiber chassis.
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept, the unseen Porsche's sportscar concept up to 2020 powered by motorcycle engine as a modern interpretation of its Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: OtoJurnalisme)
Therefore, the German car manufacturer, which is both under the same banner of the parent company Volkswagen Group, decided to make the XL-1 chassis as the basis for the development of their next sports car at that time, ie a modern interpretation of their Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car which was launched in 1964. Shortly after then the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer managed to bring the Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept into reality. 

Actually, the similar modern interpretation project of the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car had ever been carried out by GWA, an American coachbuilder company, when rebuilding the 904 inspired classic car based on the Porsche 987 Boxster which was later named the Porsche P/904 Carrera in 2011.

The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car that was present in the 1960s. (Picture from: RSF Motorport' Twitter)
Just an info about the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car that was present in the 1960s, the car was made as the successor of the legendary Porsche 718 race car. Although the Porsche 904 was built as a racing car, but it can and is legally driven on the public roads. Initially, the Porsche's two-seats race car were made only 100 units, but in fact the German company managed to sell 106 units because its demand at that time was high.
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept, the unseen Porsche's sportscar concept up to 2020 powered by motorcycle engine as a modern interpretation of its Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: WSupercars)
Back to the Porsche's concept car developed in 2013 ago, if we could be seen its exterior, it is not too strange like most concept cars were at the time. At the front, the car looks thick with a typical Porsche design, with a rather long muzzle in which the oval-shaped headlights mounted that at a glance remind us of the Porsche Boxster or Cayman (now called Porsche 718). Meanwhile, the rear is quite simple and embedded in the current Porsche identity, which is a thin LED taillight.

Uniquely, the 904 Living Legend concept car is powered by a Ducati 1199 Panigale motorcycle engine, namely a 1.2-liter V-twin which is capable of producing a maximum power of around 200 hp @ 11,000 rpm. Can you imagine a sports car with an aerodynamic body built on a carbon fiber chassis and powered by a V-twin motorcycle engine?
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept, the unseen Porsche's sportscar concept up to 2020 powered by motorcycle engine as a modern interpretation of its Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: OtoJurnalisme)
Well, most likely the Porsche's concept car whose inspired the birth of another VW's concept car made named the Volkswagen XL-Sport, due to both use a Ducati motorcycle engine. So no wonder if the technical specifications of the Porsche 904 Living Legend are basically identical to those of the XL Sport, that's includes an acceleration time of 0-62 mph (100 kph) in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph (270 kph).
From its very simple and casual appearance, at that time many thought this car concept was ready to enter the mass production line. The chances are the Porsche 904 Living Legend could be become a serious rival to the new Alpine A110, if only the German company made its production version and marketed it today. But what can I say, it turns out that the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer prefers to keep it a secret and save this concept car in the warehouse, its existence was only known to the public in 2020. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | TUNINGBLOG.EU | OBSCURESUPERCAR ]
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