Porsche have crafted a well deserved reputation over decades for producing some of the best sports cars on earth. The 911 has becoming one of the, if not the most iconic sports car that has touched the streets. They build cars with soul and deep character, highly refined and with a driving experience that is nearly unbeatable.
They have product a lot of great cars, but we are going to list out the best Porsches to have ever been produced.
A beautiful Porsche model, the 911 Carrera S GTS is a work of art. The body is wider with flared arches, giving space for wider rear axles, resulting in much better handling.
With a flat six engine, it’s brought up to a total output of 424bhp, with the help of a nice 30bhp boost. It can reach an impressive 305km/h and can go from 0 to 100 in a measly 4 seconds. Yes, it’s a beast. We know.
But it’s not just for almost breaking the sound barrier, with still back seats and the option for convertible, it’s a comfy ride.
The Porsche Boxer 987 is the successor to the Boxer 986, which was more than just a flavour inspired by the 911, it was an important milestone for Porsche and acted as a lifesaver during financially tumultuous times, without the Boxer 986 model, Porsche as a company may have not survived… It was the success of the 986 which pulled them out of a deep hole.
While it was a great car, it needed some improvements. The Boxster 987 was a step up, and overall a much nicer car. The quality of the interior had greatly improved and the rest of the car was more refined than its predecessor.
Porsche released the Spyder version of the 987 Boxster, which was a limited edition, lightweight model.
The Porsche 911 Turbo (930) is still considered to be one of the most icon Porsche models to this day. It’s whale-tail like rear wing gives it a character unlike anything else.
Porsche first began creating turbo charged models in order to create street cars which could compete in certain racing groups. The Porsche 930 was born out of this desire to merge race track turbo power with iconic and luxury sports cars. It was first powered by a 3.0 litre flat-six engine and then in 197 was switched over to a3.3 litre engine.
The model was almost dropped in favour of the 928, but this decision fell flat during a change of the chairman of the company. All eyes were back on the 911 as their poster model and so Porsche began investing a lot of money back into the 911, overtime developing it into it’s fastest version in 1984. The 1984 model was able to do 0-96km/h in just 4.6 seconds, it was able to hit a max speed of 277km/h.
While the 718 Cayman is packing only a four-cylinder engine as opposed to a 911’s six-cylinder engine, it’s by no means inferior. It drives magnificently and has an impressive interior, similar to that of the 911.
With just the entry level 2 Litre model, it’s 300hp engine can go from 0-100km/h in only 4.6 seconds… not bad! The S model boasts a 2.5 litre engine with a generous 350hp, going from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 284km/h.
One of the 718 Cayman’s best characteristics is the way it handles corners. It’s engine is located behind your head and utilizes rear wheel drive, giving excellent road grip.
The 935 is something unique, with it’s Disney cartoon like appearance and it’s exaggerated fender flares, it’s certainly one of the oddest looking Porsches. The Porsche 935 was in production between 1976 and 1984 and it pretty much dominated sports car racing.
The 935 was a triumph of power, boasting 600hp, reaching a top track speed of 365km/h. It was based on the 911, but fitted with a second turbo charger.
The sleek design and accentuated curves of the 550 Spyder are enough to make any Porsche lover fall in love at first sight. There’s no other Porsche model that is quite like the 550, it’s adoringly unique. But it’s design didn’t just appear on it’s own, it follows Porches evolutionary path and was heavily influenced by the Carrera GT.
Production on the 550 was between October 27 1952 and ceased in 1956. Although the 550 Spyder is such a hallmark of the Porsche catalogue, they only ever produced 90 of these performance vehicles.
The 550 was affectionately coined “The Giant Killer” for it’s David and Goliath like ability to slay the great giants on the track like Ferrari and Jaguar.
Under it’s rear bonnet sat a 1.5 litre, four-cylinder boxer engine, with 110 horsepower. It was lightweight and took off like a bullet.
The Porsche 991 GT2 RS has been hailed the “race car for the streets”, and for good reason. This highly refined, lightweight performance vehicle has been developed over decades, starting with the 911 2.7 RS.
As with many of the truly great Porsche models, only a handful were ever produced… the world has only ever seen 57 991 GT2 RS cars ever produced, they are now worth somewhere in the 7 figures range.
The GT2 RS is powered by a 3.8-liter flat six engine, following in the spirit of the 911, with 700 horsepower travelling through Porches PDK transmission. The 991 GT2 RS is a powerhouse and can get to 95kmh in only 2.8 seconds.
The Porsche Macan is time and time again rated as the best SUV crossover on the market, it’s beautiful in appearance and performs like a dream. It shares the same common body style that any Porsche lover is madly in love with, a harmony of curves with that trademark snarl of it’s fenders.
Although it’s main utility is in it’s practicality as an SUV, the Macan is sporty. The seats hold you tight and the leather wrapped steering wheel will be a comfort to any sports car enthusiast. It has a 7 speed PDK transmission, just like the 911, allowing for seamless gear shifts. It truly drives like a sports car.
The Carrera GT is the pinnacle of sports car ingenuity, it’s visually stunning, embodying pure muscle to the T, is mid-engined and had more than 600 horsepower.
The Carrera GT actually started out as a race car. The automotive company built a Formula 1 engine, but they decided to call it quits on the race track after an incredibly disappointing year. After they launched the Cayenne and saw it’s huge success, all eyes were on the race engine, which was still not being used. And so was the birth of the Carrera GT.
With 385 horsepower and a 3.8-litre 911 engine, the Cayman GT4 is a powerhouse. But speed is not it’s greatest asset. It certainly goes fast, hitting 0-100kmh in only 4.4 seconds, but it’s the feel of the GT4 that triumphs. While the 911 is moving into the digital, the GT4 is analogue. So for the sports car purists who want to feel the car they are driving, the GT4 is a dream.
The design of the GT4 is based on the 981 Cayman, taking the 981’s already brilliant design but with some additional aggression. It features larger side intakes, lower ride height and a large, vented front bumper.
The way the Cayman handles the road is it’s biggest selling point. Unlike the 911’s back engine, the balance of the mid-engine gives it an edge in drivability.
The Porsche 911 R is a beast, there’s no other way to put it. With a 4.0 litre flat six engine, 500 horsepower and 338 lb-ft of torque, it was destined for speed. But it’s not just whats under the hood that make this thing fly, it weighs in at only 1370 kg. A lot of things were removed from the 911 R such as air-conditioning, radio and Porsche implemented the use of other weight saving techniques. The 911 R can do 0-96kmh in just 3.7 seconds.