Companies like Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti have reached iconic status when it comes to luxury Automotives! Their cars are specimens of ingenious design backed by menacing speed. However, there’s something about the Porsche automobiles that gets my heart thumping just a little more. Porsche cars are high on utility, performance, speed, craftsmanship, and not to mention they even exhibit a level of artistry. Automobile fanatics and designers clammer at the release of a fresh and fierce Porsche design, and in the anticipation of one, they often find themselves inspired and engaged! The result is a plethora of innovative and jaw-dropping concept designs. And here we’ve collected the best of these Porsche-inspired concepts for you. You would love to actually see them on the road, I’m sure!
The Porsche Exclusive GT started as Zakharov’s MA Thesis project and gradually evolved into one of the most futuristic Porsche designs I’ve seen in a while. The Exclusive GT ups the aggression with its sinewy, muscular form that’s visible around the wheels with elevated fenders and rear quarter panels that almost make it look like the car’s crouching. Given that the car’s required to deliver a lifetime of peak performance, the Exclusive GT comes with exaggerated air intakes around the front that result in floating headlights… a detail that slightly resembles Porsche’s Mission E, but with a more dominating presence. The design extends to the back too, with a linear tail-light surrounded by a set of outlets for the air to pass through as the Exclusive GT cuts through time and space. The car sports a carbon-fiber body (you’ll notice the texture in the render right away), which probably indicates at a future where the composite material’s more widely present, along with rear-facing cameras for side mirrors, another future-friendly detail.
The Porsche 911 Bullfrog by Alexander Prime borrows from one of the largest, most dominating animals in the frog family. In fact, look carefully and its black front literally looks like a frog’s face. Designed as a prototype for the Le Mans 24 hour race, and to celebrate Porsche’s stunning record of being present at every Le Mans race ever held and dominating most of them, the 911 Bullfrog captures the essence of the brand while still retaining the ability to look muscular and menacing. “With its oval headlights, the new generation continued to reflect the traditional 911 design. The new 911 is the sum of its predecessors: The silhouette: iconic. The design: timeless. The technology: inspired by great racing victories”, says Alexander, the designer behind the 911 Bullfrog concept.
The 618 is a two-wheeled twist on the Porsche brand that takes direct inspiration from the 911 turbo. The result is an electric retro-modern power cruiser with a sporty silhouette that essentially looks like half a Porsche sportscar! Inspired by the flat-six architecture of the 911, the idea was to represent the flat and low center of gravity concept into the suspension and exterior design. The center hub steering concept was key in achieving the right balance between design surfaces and mechanical features. For instance, the heavy visual parts such as the directional components, front and rear arms, and even the spring configurations fall below the middle of the motorcycle. Additional features include a cool monocoque body with a Le Mans style door (where the tank would be) that opens to reveal a luggage compartment perfectly sized for storing a helmet and gloves, a sleek digital display, fan cooling, and folding footrests.
If you’re getting strong Eva (from Wall-E) vibes, you’re not the only one. The Porsche 907 Spyder Revival evokes that sort of feeling given the way it absolutely embraces clean surfaces along with the absence of color-segmentation, part-segmentation, and even the limited use of grilles and parting lines. The car’s appearance (which is an homage to the 907 Spyder racecar) is ghostly, with its incredibly sleek white surface that transitions seamlessly from bumper to spoiler, with barely a headlight or air intake breaking its overall surface. The headlights, in fact, come hidden beneath a white cover, which appears opaque externally, but allows light from the headlamps to pass through when powered on. The only discernible air intake can be found before the rear wheel, and the car, which comes with a single-seater open cockpit, doesn’t even have doors.
If the future of racing looks anything like this, I’m highly interested! This concept Porsche race car by Zhang Ningbo showcases a highly fluid design with a slight Daniel Simon touch to it. The electric car is for a future in which drivers won’t sit within the car, but outside, with remote controllers, operating the cars like drones. A render of the cockpit shows a pretty big 360° camera where the driver would normally sit. The cockpit remains fully covered to prevent the camera from getting damaged.
The iconic 911 Spyder is something of an automotive unicorn that hasn’t been replicated, the designers accurately call it a dreamlike beast. The 411 is a design project that aims at leveling up the design game for Porsche’s hypercar by blending the best of their timeless elements from the ‘50s – ’60s with the future. The headlights are aligned with the front wheels with a smoothly wrapped bodywork as a nod to the Porsche heritage. Distinctive design details like no body cut along the front and having all the air ducts are exposed actively play a role in the performance of the car. What sets the 411 apart from the existing hypercars is that it is designed with the goal of being a luxury highway cruiser, the driver should be able to enjoy the 400 kmph speed (well, if the rules allow it) outside the runway too when they invest in a Porsche.
Porsche loyalists often cringe at any design that veers too far away from the classic and iconic shape that’s gone largely unchanged over the years. While their attitude is “why mess with a good thing?”, designer Dong Hun Han aims to push the limits of the Porsche brand with an all-new design direction that feels more different than familiar. Called Cygnus, this low-slung supercar seems to occupy a larger footprint than the current line of compact roadsters. This wider stance is contrasted by smooth curvatures and a flowing silhouette that’s more demure than other sharp, cutting supercars like Lamborghini. Looking to the future, Han feels that this more subtle sportiness and soft yet powerful aesthetic will be adopted by many brands.
Created as an homage to his two favorite Porsche cars, the 935 and the 911, this is the Porsche 357, Clément Lacour’s pet project at making a Porsche that is viciously fast, yet has a certain sensuality. The car has the ability to depict speed and grace in a unique way. It uses organic forms to evoke feelings of elegance, but at the same time doesn’t let those organic curves dominate the design. The Porsche 357 is ultimately a flat, low-suspension car that looks like it could zip from A to B without you even knowing. It borrows from the 935’s aggressive front with incredibly low headlamps, and the extended lip on the rear, creating an aesthetic that’s emotive. The 357 seats one driver, and was designed purely for the thrill of riding a car that fully embodies Porsche’s wild spirit!
As you know, we love a far-out concept car more than anybody, however, it’s the realism of the Porsche 911 Mission E that we’re obsessing over. This exploration into an electric version of the 911, called the 911 Mission E, actually looks like something we might expect out of the Porsche house. While it mimics the frame and overall dimensions/shape of the classic 911, it also sports a few trends found in the e-automotive movement. Enclosed fenders, scoopless side panels, and a covered nose are all aesthetic changes you won’t find in any petrol vehicles. This seamless new look is equally sporty as well as functional in terms of aerodynamics. Other interesting design notes include seemingly opaque windows and headlights.
The Porsche 911E concept is quite a beauty to look at. Everything about it echoes grace and power at the same time. The concealed wheel design is reminiscent of the Rolls Royce Vision 100 concept we saw last year, and honestly, I prefer this look to the future where we have hub-less wheels. The butterfly doors are a wonderful addition to the automobile’s design, but I can’t seem to get my eyes off the retractable spoiler at the back, which disguises itself as an opening to the boot. Upon hitting high speeds, the flap automatically raises upwards, making the Porsche 911E look like quite the speed devil!