Porsche 984 concept

Porsche Junior concept car© Porsche

This Porsche 984 article is about the Porsche-SEAT PS sports car idea and the materialized Porsche Junior concept car.


Porsche-SEAT PS

In the beginning of 1980's SEAT contracted Porsche to develop inline 4-cylinder engines for its models Ibiza, Malaga and Ronda.

1.2 L (52 kW) and 1.5 L (66 kW) 4-cylinder inline SEAT engines had 'system PORSCHE' written on them© SEAT

In 1984 the Porsche-SEAT co-operation also led to a sports car concept called the PS. It was was supposed to be a small car (3675 mm long and 1100 mm high) with a transparent bubble roof. The low roof meant the headroom was sacrificed for the design. Naturally the supposed engine was the 'system Porsche' inline-4 with a 5-speed gearbox. The weight target was a low 880 kg / 1940 lb.

The PS with the mid-mounted 'system Porsche' SEAT watercooled engine (the rear-mounted radiator can be seen). And check out the double bubble roof on the drawing on the right!© Porsche

Although the PS looked very good on the drawing, the project didn't materialize with SEAT. Still, Porsche didn't discard the project yet at that point.


Porsche Junior

After the PS project was cancelled, Porsche didn't give up yet and designed a new roadster called the Porsche Junior. The initial design saw the car with 4WD system.

This drawing shows a version with 4-cylinder boxer engine and with 4WD system© Porsche
The Junior's roofline gave more headroom than was initially designed for the PS© Porsche
This mock-up is without the engine, no side air inlets made yet. The 16" forged Flatdish wheels look good.© Porsche

Although the Junior looked very good when the prototype was finished, the PS might have looked even better. The Junior was more down to earth in terms of occupants headroom and so the roof was made higher. While the 4WD system was dropped, the optional retractable hardtop remained an interesting feature. In the beginning of the Junior project it was still of transparent plastic like seen on the red mock-up model. Unfortunately it was not anymore in the double-bubble design as seen in the PS project.

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