Concept cars are usually brash, look-at-me-now objects. They’re meant to attract the eye, engage the senses, and hopefully, speak to us and get us excited for what the future holds. Porsche, however, is somewhat different in its approach. Rather than offer wild statements, Porsche tones down its concepts, favoring more realistic styling that often goes into production without many major alterations. Yet, walking through Porsche’s top five design concepts, the designs still achieve what other, wilder concepts set out for. Take a look.
1959 Porsche Type 754 T7
Developed after the T6 bodied 356, the Type 754 T7 is the evolutionary branch that started the legendary Porsche 911. Debuting just four years before the launch of the world’s most well known sportscar, the Type 754 T7’s design language continues to inform 911 designs to this very day.
1988 Porsche 989
Long before the Panamera, Porsche looked as if it was going to produce another four-door sedan inspired by the 911. The Porsche 989 concept, however, was far ahead of its time. While the current 911 was still using the 964-body style, the 989 concept used what would later become the 996’s styling. Porsche tried to get the project out of concept stage, but the company couldn’t make it work. However, the idea behind it would later pave the way for the current Panamera.
2002 Porsche Cayenne Cabriolet
This is one concept we’re glad didn’t make production or inform any production cars like the two previous concepts. The Cayenne Cabriolet’s design is similar to the failed Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it’s a big SUV without a top. Let’s just hope Porsche never resurrects it.
2010 918 Spyder
This is barely a concept car. The 918 Spyder concept looks nearly identical to the 918 Spyder production car. The only thing that changed is the side-exit exhaust, which was relocated to the rear decklid for production.
2015 Porsche Mission E
Finally, the Mission E — the first fully electric Porsche, the Mission E wowed the world’s automotive media and public alike. The future-forward design looks absolutely stunning and the tech promised will push Porsche further into the tech-laden future. Porsche has already green-lit the program, and given how close the 918 Spyder was to the concept, we’re betting that the Mission E will retain much of its styling, which makes us very happy.
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