German automobile brand Porsche is known for its performance cars, but many people think they look pretty similar. Referring to the first Porsche 356 to the latest Taycan, Porsche designers have kept that DNA alive successfully. But it doesn’t mean they don’t experiment with design often. In this article, you get to see Porsche concept cars that are undoubtedly enhanced Porsche signature styling in the last decade and have been very important for the company’s future even they were never brought out in production.
Well, here we take a look at a Porsche Van, the concept car that brought us the 2020 Taycan, a Stunning Supercars and many more secret concept cars.
2005 Porsche 906 Living Legend
Porsche designers often take inspiration from the company’s history, and most of the time, it works pretty well like Porsche 906 Living Legend. The concept car is so modern looking, and it is so hard to believe that it was designed 15 years ago in 2005.
The concept is a 1:1 hard model and planed like two parts inserted in each other and the gap between them as a ventilation for the power plant.
This racing-inspired supercar is intended to tribute to the original Porsche 906 and show a glimpse of the company’s vision for future electric cars. You might notice some of the design elements similar to the latest Taycan and the 1966 Targa Florio. No doubt it’s one of the most beautiful Porsche concept cars.
2010 Porsche 918 Spyder
The 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder is a well-known supercar and had its genesis just a few years back from production in 2010. The concept first appeared at 80th Geneva Motor Show, March 2010. There is absolutely no difference between the 2010 concept and the production car and the production was limited to just 918 units. It’s a hybrid, 2-seat mid-engine supercar featuring electric drive technology.
2011 Porsche 918 RSR
The Porsche 918 RSR ‘Racing Lab’ is another version of the 918 Spyder made in 2011 as a part of the Porsche Intelligent project. This concept has quite the same aesthetics as 2010 918 Spyder, and it was first shown in Detroit Auto Show 2011.
The car is a fusion of 918 Spyder’s design and hybrid drive technology from the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. What is unique about this car is that it was meant to bring hybrid racing cars to events like Le Mans respecting 908 and 917 coupes, but they never placed the car in any races except some exhibition races.
2012 Porsche 911 Vision Safari
Porsche 911 Vision Safari is an off-roading capable prototype based on the 991-generation of Porsche 911. they built this car to honor the Porsche 911 SC Safari, which already has shown its off-road abilities in the 1978 legendary East African Safari Rally.
This 2012 rally car has raised suspension, reinforced wheel housings, roll cage, large bumpers, rally cockpit, special race seats and exterior covered in Martini stripes makes this car a perfect rally crossover, and no doubt it has vibes of its predecessor.
The car was tested on Weissach test facility tracks by the designer Michael Mauer himself. The company claims there was no change in the performance of the Porsche 911, even some of the significant design changes. It is one of the best Porsche concept cars with offroad capabilities.
2012 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
This Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo was intended to compete with Mercedes-Benz in sport wagon territory. This 2012 concept holds the body of a station wagon, but the performance of a sports car can go 0-60 less than 6 seconds, which is pretty good for the time. You might have noticed an “e-hybrid” badge, which means it has plug-in hybrid tech along with 329-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. The car can produce up to 410 hp, similar to the 2012 Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid.
This wagon continues to carry Porsche’s signature design, with the hatchback-like rear end; it looks sportier, and the most beautiful part is the headlights, which have a set of four stacked LED projectors in each headlight. Overall, the design has some similarities with 911 (generation 991). Even the latest 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S hasn’t changed much in the design, making it one of the most successful designs in the wagon market.
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend
This is one of those most beautiful Porsche concept cars that would have changed everything for the company but never got real. The 2014 Volkswagen XL1 Concept inspired this Porsche 904 Living Legend. This compact car weighs only around 900kgs and has a high-revving Ducati 2-cylinder engine. This car also shares some design aspects from 1963 Porsche Carrera GTS and Porsche 935 (gen 2). Some might even say it’s a modern remake of the Carrera GTS, which is quite right.
2013 Porsche 917 Living Legend
Porsche 917 Living Legend is another beautiful racing-inspired supercar concept in this list, made as a modern interpretation of Porsche 917 KH. The Porsche 917 KH is a very important car in the company’s history. The car won in 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1970. The red and white livery is inspired by the Salzburg flag and makes the car look more elegant.
The car was created based on Porsche 918 Spyder’s chassis architecture featuring super low riding height and dramatic aerodynamics curves. The car was revealed at the Colors of Speed exhibition in 2019 as the return of Porsche to the LMP1 class. The car has placed in the Porsche museum among other Porsche concept cars.
2013 Porsche Macan Vision Safari
Porsche Macan Vision Safari is a compact SUV coupe concept inspired by the legendary Porsche 911 Safari and the 959 Paris-Dakar. The car features larger off-road tires, higher ground clearance, a full roll cage, all-wheel drive with a dual-clutch gearbox, and adaptive chassis configured for this off-road SUV, along with a set of some helpful accessories.
The car was unleashed in 2013 and successfully carried a combination of elegant design and off-road performance.
2014 Porsche Boxster Bergspyder
This is the Porsche Boxster Bergspyder, a racing-inspired Porsche concept car made to tribute Porsche 909 Bergspyder and 910 Bergspyder. The car was made based on Porsche Boxster (981-generation) and initially showed in Gaisberg Hillclimb in 2019. Keeping this car as light as possible was crucial; hence they made some significant design changes like the shallow windscreen, single seat for the driver and no passenger seat, a full roll bar made this car weigh just 1,130 kg.
A 387 HP inline-6 turbocharged engine from the Cayman GT4 was used to power this car. The car could go 0-60 mph in just above 4 seconds. This super lightweight Porsche Boxster Bergspyder can be found in Porsche Museum alongside the 909 Bergspyder.
2015 Porsche Mission E
Yep, this is the car that brought the Porsche Taycan. The car was called Porsche Mission E and was first shown in Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. The concept car combines Porsche’s signature design and futuristic design elements with excellent performance.
The car could produce over 600 hp and can go 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, thanks to two PSM permanently excited synchronous electric motors. The car featured a 500 km (310 miles) driving range, four suicide doors, top speed of over 155 mph, and can be charged 80% in just 15 minutes.
It also had features like eye-tracking and gesture control system and some even holograms made this car an actual future vehicle from Porsche.
2016 Porsche 960 Vision Turismo
When Porsche designer Michael Mauer stumbled across a sketch of the Porsche 918 Spyder and made four doors instead of two, hence the creation of this mid-size sedan concept was created. The car was built in 2016 and named Porsche 960 Vision Turismo and some of the design elements can be seen in the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and the next Porsche Panamera.
The car should have a mid-engine format or be fully electric; it wasn’t decided, latter Porsche made a plan to make an electric sports car and the born of Taycan. No doubt the car is one of the most elegant Porsche concept cars ever made.
2016 Porsche Vision 916
Porsche Vision 916 is an electric sports car concept (clay model), meant to be lightweight, compact, modern and most importantly, to have a minimalist design. Four in-hub electric motors powered the car, and The 1970 Porsche 916 prototype inspired it.
This minimalist car was built to pay homage to the first all-wheel-drive 1900 Lohner-Porsche race car. This is one of the most futuristic and modern Porsche concept cars in this list.
2017 Porsche 919 Street
The Porsche 919 Street (one of the coolest looking Porsche concept cars) is a limited-edition supercar concept designed, built-in 2017. The car was inspired by Porsche 919 Hybrid, a very special car in Porsche’s history. This 919 Hybrid has won 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row from 2015 to 2017; Then the Porsche design team decided to make a limited special edition supercar for the race track.
The Porsche 919 Street has a 2-liter turbocharged V4, also features a KERS energy recovery system and can produce up to 900 hp. The performance of the car and the beautiful design genuinely describe the success story of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
2018 Porsche 911 Speedster II
The Porsche 911 Speedster II concept debuted in the 2018 Paris Motor Show; it became a production car in the first half of 2019 and was limited to just 1,948 units. This convertible sports car is powered by a flat-6 engine which can produce up to 500 hp with a top speed of 200 mph. One of the remarkable things about the car is that it can go 0-60 in just 3 seconds.
The design of this car is based on the 911 Cabriolet 4 Carrera and is also inspired by the 1955 Porsche 356 1500 Speedster. They have used 911 GT3’s chassis as a base and most of the other elements made from carbon fiber to keep the weight minimum. In the concept car’s design, you can also see some similarities from the 1988 911 Speedster.
2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo
The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo previewed the Panamera cross Taycan, which first appeared in the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The concept is a combination of 2015 Porsche Mission E, which we all know today as Taycan and Panamera Sport Turismo. This is a fully electric car with Mission E J1-platform with a 5-door body.
The concept shows off-road capabilities with raised suspension and off-road tires. On October 18, 2018, the company approved this concept production with the name Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.
2018 Porsche Vision Renndienst
This was unexpected, a van from Porsche. The Porsche Vision Renndienst is a race service van inspired by the old Volkswagen Rennsport van. This is a six-seater family van made for comfort with a modern sportier look meant to be fully electric.
The design element like minimalist headlights, long sloping roof and signature full striped taillights makes this car look modern. There was no info on the interior, just that it had a central driving position.
This is an excellent concept, but there is very little chance we see a Porsche van in the future.
2019 Porsche Vision E
Porsche wanted to create a race car using technology from the Porsche 99X, a Formula E race car. This 2019 Porsche Vision E is meant to provide performance and driving dynamic experience like Formula E to privateers. The car undoubtedly has one of the most futuristic-looking Porsche concept cars.
The concept features an exceptionally lightweight body, a centrally positioned single seat to improve track capabilities with 800-volt technology.
2019 Porsche Vision 918 RS
The Porsche Vision 918 RS is a concept supercar and none of the design elements looks similar to Porsche’s signature styling. This 2019 concept previews an evolved version of the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the company says that the supposed powertrain would have had to be powerful than the original 918 Spyder.
The design element includes large air intake, sharp creases, edgy aesthetics and major complicated aerodynamically optimized styling. This car is also the first production sports car to finish lap on Nürburgring Nordschleife in just seven minutes.
2019 Porsche Vision Spyder
This Porsche Vision Spyder was built in 2019 to pay homage to the 50’s famous car part of the Carrera Panamericana race, Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder. The car features a lightweight body, spartan cockpit, with a mid-engine format. Some of the design elements were inspired by Porsche RS Spyder, including silver livery with racing red stripes.
The car has a license plate that reads “Little Rebel,” which brings back memories of James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause movie.
2019 Porsche Vision 920
The last car on the list is another Porsche 919 inspired concept, built-in 2019 to preview the next-generation Porsche 919 Hybrid. The concept was designed either as a road-legal sports car or a possible LMP1 racing car for customers.
The design elements of this concept like slim headlights, massive air intakes, visible inboard front suspension, giant diffuser with a central cockpit make it look highly futuristic and modern.
Conclusion of Porsche Unseen: All 20 Porsche concept cars you didn’t know about
No doubt, Porsche has always tried to deliver a unique styling for their customers and has never been afraid to experiment with a different design element. Thanks to Porsche Design Chief Michael Mauer, who has delivered all these concepts and production cars like the 918 Spyder, the 991, and more.
We try to keep this article updated and will include new future Porsche concept cars. Leave a comment to tell us which concept you liked the most and would like to be a production model.