Porsche: We know them as primarily as sports car manufacturers.
Sure, there's the Cayenne, which angered purists back in the day, the Panamera, and the Macan now, but all of them have high-performance models. There may be different body styles now, but going fast will always be on Porsche's mind.
So it may come as a bit of a surprise that Porsche had developed an economy car. We're not talking Civic or Corolla fighter here. What Porsche had in mind was more of a Kia Pride alternative. Don't believe it? Well, Porsche actually built one example for us to believe.
It was called the C88 and there's actually meaning to this name. The 'C' stood for China, and the 88, well, it was supposed to mean good luck and fortune. It was presented at the 1994 Beijing Motor Show, and looked like nothing Porsche has ever made before, or since.
The C88 was a small, four door sedan, measuring at a mere four meters, which is about the size of a Kia Pride sedan. It also had an 1100 cc engine making somewhere between 48 to 68 horsepower. A sports car, it's not. As far as looks go, it was rather basic with unpainted front and rear bumpers, steel rims, and a pretty generic-looking design.
Quirks? Well, you won't find any Porsche badging on it. Also, it came with one child seat, likely a reflection of China's one-child policy at the time. The interior came with no frills too; the instrument cluster doesn't even come with a cover. It does have a funky-looking dash to spruce up the cabin, but don't expect power windows in here.
The car was supposed to be set for production but plans fell through. It was also supposed to be offered in India, and other developing nations. There were even talks of bringing it to Europe, but that never came into fruition.
Now, the C88 resides in Porsche's museum in Stuttgart. It would be interesting if it went into production as it could have changed the course of Porsche's history. Would they have made more 'regular' cars if they made the C88? We'll never know, but it's more than likely that we wouldn't recognize Porsche the way they are now if the C88 made production.