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Porsche Karisma

The Porsche Karisma concept car by Bertone.

Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Karisma Bertone, introduced at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show as a high-performance saloon car, marked a significant rekindling of the Bertone-Porsche partnership in the 1990s. This collaboration traced back to the 1960s when they presented a spider/roadster on a 911 chassis at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The Karisma, however, took a different route, showcasing unique features and design elements. Built on the mechanics of the Porsche 911, the Karisma’s standout characteristics included deep swage lines along the wings, a transparent roof, and large gull-wing doors that encompassed the entire driver and passenger compartment. These features set the Karisma apart as a provocative saloon, pushing boundaries with its unconventional design. In the 1990s, while the Porsche 911 reaffirmed its enduring appeal, Bertone decided to steer clear of direct comparisons. Instead, they focused on crafting a classy saloon that could stand on its own merits. The project evolved with the goal of achieving a design that combined feasibility in terms of size and functionality. The Karisma’s styling continued to be defined by deep swage lines, a transparent roof, and the distinctive gull-wing doors, a concept initially explored in the 1967 Marzal prototype with Lamborghini mechanics. The extensive glazed surfaces provided onlookers with a generous view of the interiors, including the rear-mounted engine compartment. Inside, the Karisma prioritized comfort and well-being by eliminating unnecessary features. The result was a futuristic four-seater saloon with a rear-mounted engine, boasting both innovative functions and design features. The transparent roof and gull-wing doors, carrying echoes of Bertone’s past ventures, contributed to the overall allure of the Karisma. In retrospect, the Bertone Porsche Karisma not only reinforced the collaboration between the two iconic names but also stood as a testament to Bertone’s commitment to pushing design boundaries. The Karisma’s bold and unique features, combined with its high-performance capabilities, added a distinctive chapter to the legacy of Bertone-designed automobiles.

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Technical Specifications

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    1994
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    Porsche
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    Karisma
  • Coachbuilder
    Bertone
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    4500
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    Luciano D'Ambrosio
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