Automotive trends come and go, leaving indelible marks on the industry's aesthetic journey. One such trend that holds a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts is the era of pop-up headlights. These retractable lighting units, once a symbol of futuristic design, were a prominent feature in the automotive industry from the 1960s to the 1990s.
In a new series of renderings by Glen Cordle, an independent automotive designer, the newest Porsche 911 receives pop-up headlight treatment. To a certain extent, the virtual reinterpretation pays homage to the classic 911 Slantnose, a distinctive variant from the 930 family that became a cult classic among Porsche aficionados.
Gallery: Porsche 911 (992) with pop-up headlights
Despite their square shape, the pop-up headlights seen here seem to blend nicely with the sleek lines and streamlined curves of the 992-generation 911. Design is mostly a subjective matter, but it’s probably safe to assume the aerodynamics of the car will be negatively affected when the headlights are activated.
In these renderings, the pop-up headlights, once seen as a futuristic feature, add a touch of retro-futurism to the modern 911, creating a visual paradox that is both nostalgic and avant-garde. Beyond the visual allure, the inclusion of pop-up headlights in these virtual drawings sparks conversations about design choices, aerodynamics, and the evolving tastes of automotive enthusiasts.