Hailed by worldwide celebrities are treasured like a Rolex, Porsche is a car manufacturer with rather modest origins. As a matter of fact, one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed vehicles – Porsche 911 – is a descendant from the Volkswagen Beetle. Closely linked to Volkswagen, and once a 901 when it was first displayed decades ago in Frankfurt, the famous Porsche 911 hasn’t gone through that many design changes. With a history of 50 years behind, Porsche cars are still incomparable. Surprisingly, if we were to look at the first 911 and compare it with the latest 911, we can only state that the similarities are still evident.
In terms of exotic models, Porsche has this 7-year cadence. Every 7 years, one of the former 911 models gets a total makeover. The iconic 911 has recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary, which can only mean that it will most likely last another 50. Recently reworked, Porsche 911 prides itself with a new engine that’s a lot more powerful and fuel-efficient. Let’s have a closer look at some of the most well-known cars from Porsche thus far. Some of them are still iconic vehicles that will forever be remembered even though they’re not being manufactured anymore.
Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
Ferdinand Porsche, a 25-year old engineer back in the 1900s, unveiled the world’s first electric car in Paris, at the World Fair. It’s been 110 years since Porsche managed to revolutionize motorsports with its 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Featuring an ultra-hardcore engine with 480 horsepower GT3, the engineers decided to add 2 electric motors of 60kW to the front side of the wheels for an extra power boost. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid is living proof that green cars are not boring.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
People who claim that the Cayenne model is diluting Porsche’s identity are not real buyers. It’s perfectly true that the model helped the company sell a lot of cars once the SUV madness was released, but that was an excellent approach. Porsche managed to boost sales, keep the name alive, and bring record profits. The huge amounts of money allowed the company to fund additional projects such as the RS Spyder for example.
The Cayenne Turbo is the perfect example that Porsche is able to build classy cars regardless of their category type. Unlike the chic, trendy 911model, Cayenne is a luxurious SUV that weighs 5,000 pounds; the engineering is flawless so it certainly deserves to wear the acclaimed Porsche badge.
Porsche 718 RS 60
The former 356 model with open-wheel racing variants was a success back in the 1950s. However, racing regulations chanced a lot, and as the competition improved the company had to come up with a new model to live up to the standards. The 718 RS 60 came into being. Equipped with 142 horsepower, a mid-engined layout, and a 1.5 liter type 547-3 quad engine, the debut of car took place in 1957 at the Hours of Les Mans but it didn’t finish the race due to an accident. While it might be considered inferior today, back in the day the 718 RS 60 used brought Porsche a lot of wins.
Porsche Carrera GT
The company’s 50 years of achievements and engineering innovations resulted in the acclaimed Carrera GT. The car is revolutionary; it features a V10, 5.7-litre engine with 650 horsepower and it was recently tweaked to look suitable for the streets. The standard 6-speed manual transmission helps it beat 60 mph in 4 seconds. The launch of the car was in 2003, and it’s still considered an all-time classic from Porsche.
Porsche is a car manufacturer with an extraordinary history behind. The first car ever branded by the company was the 365, a superb vehicle that won quite a few races back in the day. The formidable sports car was about to revolutionize the motorsports industry and it managed to acquire formidable achievements the company will remember forever. Nowadays, we’re talking about luxurious Porsche cars that include powerful, exceptional models such as the Macan and the Cayenne. Yet, the signature car of the company will remain the 911 model. Sleek, exotic, and absolutely flawless, Porsche 911 will forever be the company’s inspiration for upcoming car models.