Porsche 904 Revival Rendered As Cayman Supercar With 918 Spyder Tech
Alan Derosier had an idea: to use his excellent design skills and work on an imaginary supercar that would complement Porsche’s most recent flagship model, the 918 Spyder, for a fraction of the price. The idea stems from a hypothetical 904 revival by drawing a modern interpretation of the ephemeral Carrera GTS from the mid-1960s.
The end result is what the artist calls a “baby supercar” by combining the proportions of the 718 Cayman with technology inherited from the aforementioned 918 Spyder. The 904 influences are pretty obvious, from the shape of the doors to the air intake behind them. Sleek LED headlamps and taillights inspired by those of the Mission E concept bring the 904 into the 21st century to create a wonderful blend of old and new.
The Carrera GTS as it was officially known is exceptionally rare, with only 106 cars ever made, with Porsche turning down hundreds of requests from customers to purchase the road version of the special homologation. In the same vein as most Cayman models today, it uses a four-cylinder engine mounted between the axles transmitting power to the rear wheels.
As Chery’s former senior exterior designer envisioned, the modern 904 would inherit the hybrid technology Porsche developed for the 918 Spyder with its two electric motors. More than seven years have passed since Stuttgart’s last supercar, which means the technology has become more accessible. Alan Derosier imagines his Carrera GTS reboot with a sticker price 50% lower than the 918, which originally had a US starting price of $ 845,000.
The 4.6-liter V8 would likely pose some packaging issues given the car’s small size. A more compact four-pot with hybrid assist thrown into the mix would stay true to the roots of the 904 while embracing Porsche’s electrification push. At over $ 400,000, it would close the gap between top 911 models (Turbo S, GT2 RS) and a future replacement for the 918 Spyder no earlier than the middle of this decade.
Of course, this is just a pipe dream, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a “lesser supercar” from Porsche to take on McLaren and Ferrari.