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Posted 05 April 2012 - 19:47
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 21:56
A tragedy for automotive design. I've always had a soft spot for the design of the 911. His contributions to automotive design have been enormous. If Porsche continues along the path he set them on, his design will at least live on.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 22:09
Posted 05 April 2012 - 22:14
Indeed, I like the subtle updates that keep the 911 fresh = A good thing™
I can somehow see there will be a segment on him and Porsche as a car maker in a future Top Gear episode to celebrate what they have achieved up till now, I just hope Hammond isn't presenting it
He was a great designer and definitely an innovator in the sports car world, but I always hated how Porsches all have looked generally the same since forever. Very similar to the tactics of BMW.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 22:20
I've always liked that personally. The company has always had a real direction, but as we've seen it's a direction they choose to pursue, rather than having to. When they want they can come out with some really unique designs, such as the 924, the 928, and suchlike. It's a company I like a lot, although I do think Porsche lost some of their charm in the 997 phase of cars. They didn't look the same. I suppose that's a problem though when you think something isn't right because the design isn't the same. I can see where you're coming from, taking that into consideration.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 22:24
They did do a pretty good job at least keeping the design "modern" over the years.
I'm glad they got away from the Volkswagen Beetle look:
The GT2 and GT3 do look damn nice though, I'll give it that. I think the added spoiler brings the design together really well.