Porsche recently unveiled to the public a series of never-before-seen concept cars. Previously, the Mission E Concept was as far back into the Taycan’s development history as we knew about. But one concept goes a step further.
Enter: the Porsche 960 Turismo. A rear-engined super sedan with styling clearly inspired from the 918 Spyder. First imagined as a rear-engined sport sedan, the 960 eventually paved the way to the all-electric Taycan. At some point, Porsche decided the car would be better with an all-electric drivetrain and scrapped the 960 Turismo’s rear-engine layout. Whether Porsche’s lineup has room for both a front-engined sedan and a rear-engined sedan is questionable anyway.
Much of the Taycan’s design is visible in the 960 Turismo, from the coupe-like roofline to the immensely wide rear fenders. Porsche also ditched the enormous headlights for, frankly, a far more modern-looking and sleek design. The Taycan’s rear end differs a bit as well since it no longer needs to accommodate an engine.
Fortunately, the Taycan didn’t deviate from the 960 Turismo’s look dramatically. That is a good thing because the 960 Turismo is a looker. It’s a beautiful, immensely striking design that manages to translate classic Porsche styling into a practical sedan body. The only downgrade seems to be in the nomenclature: “960 Turismo” seems a much more Porsche-like name than “Taycan.”
Porsche has not published much information on the 960 Turismo, but the photographs offer a fascinating look at the development process of an electric car — especially since the Taycan was not originally intended to be electric. Porsche’s site offers a look at several other concepts as well, and it’s certainly worth a visit to learn more about how their current lineup came to be.