For a company that kicked off car production in 1948 with the launch of the original 356, you can imagine Porsche has had plenty of concepts throughout the years. The people from Stuttgart have now put together a film of what they consider as being the very best five.
The clip starts off with the Typ 754 T7 that dates back to 1959. It served as foundation for the first-gen 911 and you can easily see the similarities between the two are striking, up to the point they both look virtually the same to the untrained eye.
Fast forward to 1988, it’s the year when Porsche first came up with the idea of doing a four-door sports car. While the plan to put the 989 concept into production ultimately failed, a performance model with four doors and bearing the Porsche crest did arrive 21 years later. We’re obviously talking about the first-generation Panamera, but dare we say the 989 had a much nicer design and it’s a shame it never hit the assembly line.
Rather more bizarre is this. Revealed for the first time, the Cayenne Cabriolet from 2002 is a sight to behold, and not necessarily in a good way. It’s an oddball much like the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet and the more recent Range Rover Evoque Convertible. As such, its inclusion in this top 5 comes as a surprise, especially since all of the other cars are much more interesting.
The 918 Spyder concept introduced in 2010 remains a spectacular design to this day and we have to applaud Porsche for preserving most of the concept’s styling on the production model launched in the second half of 2013.
Hopefully, we will say the same thing about the last concept presented in the video, the spectacular Mission E. The all-electric sedan managed to wow the audience gathered at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show where it received its world premiere. Porsche has promised the production car due in 2019 will retain most of the concept’s design and technical specifications, so there’s a lot to get excited about.