Best Porsche Cars: The Models that Deserve Attention of Speed Lovers
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When you hear or read the words “best Porsche cars”, you probably think of the 911 right away. After all, the car is what most people think of when they think of the German brand. However, in the last twenty years, first the Cayenne and then the Macan have taken over the roads of the whole world, turning the Zuffenhausen company into an SUV and sports car maker.
The second group, on the other hand, keeps its speed, quality, and day-to-day usability at an absolute high level. In fact, if you can afford it, there’s almost a Porsche for guys for every taste, and the 911 comes in so many different styles that it’s almost like it has its own history. Starting with the basic Porsche Carrera, which has a coupé body, a less powerful engine, and two-wheel drive, you can go up to the Turbo S, which has all-wheel drive and almost twice as much power. You can also go through the different Cabriolet, Targa, 4S, and GTS models, and don’t forget the extreme GT3 models that fans love so much.
So it’s not easy to pick the best Porsches in history. This is partly because the German brand is about to turn 75 on June 8, 2023, and in that time it has made a lot of great cars. In any case, these are the ones we like best.
The first car, from which everything else came. It was based on the Beetle and kept changing until 1966. It came as a coupe, a spider, or a racer. The most recent versions had up to 110 CV, and the racing versions had up to 180 CV. It is now one of the most sought-after old cars.
Since 1963, the 911 has been the most famous Porsche, the model par excellence. The first versions were air-cooled, and the most recent ones are water-cooled. It was one of the first cars to get a turbocharger in 1974, and it was one of the first to get all-wheel drive in 1989. The RS versions should be looked at on their own.
The Porsche 914 sold more than 118,000 units, even though it wasn’t a pure Porsche because it was made with Volkswagen. It was a cheap two-seat sports car with a 1.7-liter 4-cylinder engine from Volkswagen or a 2-liter 6-cylinder engine from Porsche.
It’s not one of the most popular Porsche cars, but it was a huge business success that led to the 928, 944, and 968. It was first created with Audi and then developed on its own. It broke with Porsche tradition by having the engine in the front and the gearbox in the back. It was still for sale until 1995.
The crazy Group B rules of the early 1980s gave birth to the Porsche 959. Under the rear hood was a 6-cylinder engine with twin turbos that made 450bhp and sent power to the ground through a tuned all-wheel drive system. It also had an active suspension that was controlled by electronics. It was only made in 292 copies between 1986 and 1988, but it’s worth millions of dollars today.
It was added to the Porsche line in 1996 as the new entry-level car. It was first driven by a 2.5-liter flat-six engine, and its mid-engine gave it great handling. From the second generation on, it was joined by the Cayman coupé, which was better than the base 911 when it had more speed.
The floor and some of the mechanics of the first Porsche Cayenne were borrowed from the Volkswagen Touareg. It was a huge hit. Hundreds of thousands of units were sold, and the value of the brand went up.
Porsche Carrera GT
The Carrera GT was made because of a mistake. After designing a V10 engine for racing, the project was actually scrapped. To keep the work from going to waste, the engine was “recycled” into a street car, which became a sort of cult object of which only a few hundred were made.
With the Panamera, Porsche was able to move into a new market niche by taking advantage of synergies with other high-end brands in the Volkswagen Group. It has been on the market since 2009, and the one that is on the market now is the second model, which also has electric hybrid versions.
Porsche entered the mid-size SUV sector with the Macan, another wild card, where volumes count and qualities are exaggerated. The sportiest car Macans are quite enjoyable to drive since they have a body that is smaller than the Cayenne’s and a mass that is well below two tons.