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Porsche’s Attempt At Making A Motorcycle

19
April
2013
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
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  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Over time, many car manufacturers attempted to make a motorcycle, some even started making motorcycles before going on to making cars. We've seen supercar brands, especially Ferrari and Lambo (see related below), in the form of a motorcycle, but usually the motorcycle was not from the manufacturer but from fans of the brand.

One brand that has never really been associated with motorcycles, apart from some contracted design studies (for the likes of Yamaha and Harley), is Porsche Open Porsche link in a new window. German Porsche is one of those sports cars that when you say the name, people's eyes start watering: everyone wants a Porsche, few can afford it.

But Porsche actually one day in the past envisaged making motorcycles. They even made a concept Porsche motorcycle, in collaboration with designer Hess (Heß). French reporter from the weekly magazine Le Point - Auto Addict, Jacques Chevalier, had been allowed to enter into Porsche's secret storage area where prototypes, race cars, design studies, etc are hidden, a sort of Area 51 Open Area 51 link in a new window. Here is one photo he made of the motorcycle:

Click for bigger version of Porsche Hess Motorcycle
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You can see many elements from BMW in the bike, and the engine appears to be from a 912 or 914. It was just a trial, a let-us-see-if-it-is-anything. It was quickly dropped and Porsche continued successfully making cars.

But one can only imagine what would have happened if Porsche started making sportsbikes.

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Via: Le Point - Auto Addict



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