10 Unforgettable Porsche Cars
When Frederick Porsche founded the Porsche over a century ago, he probably could not have predicted its current reigns in the auto industry. Today Porsche has grown into a legendary leader in the automotive industry, setting the pace for both performance and style. Literally every Porsche stands out of the crowd and it is difficult to choose the best from such a high standard of stunning and fast creations.Here are ten unforgettable Porsches.
The 918 Spyder is considered one of Porsche’s greatest creation because of its amazing features. This stunning luxury marque was debuted in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show and is attributed as the first ‘hybrid hypercar’, setting the pace for auto giants such as McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. Powered by a 4.6L V8 engine working together with two electric motors to deliver 887hp with a powerful 944 pound-feet of torque. This all wheel drive hypercar packed up on the looks as if the fact that it can hit 60mph in 2.5seconds is not jaw-dropping enough.
As one of history’s best race car, the 917 put Porsche in the map for all the right reasons. In addition to sterling performance during the Le Mans in 1970 and 1971, it also won the Daytona, Monza, Austria Ring, Brands Hatch, Spa and Watkins Glen races. These tough fetes created a reputation for Porsche as a race giant.
The purpose-built endurance machine was the first 12-cylinder engine built with an ultra light spaceframe chassis specially designed for the race track. Initially it produced 520hp but with turbocharge and tuning modifications, it delivered a cool 1000hp, making it the most powerful motorsport cars ever made. It’s fame escalated when it was featured in the 1971 Le Mans film and many other pictures.
The 597 Jagdwagen
If you know that way before the Cayenne, the Jagdwagen was Porsche’s first attempt at off-road vehicles then you are a true fan of the brand. The Jagdwagen or 597 was built in the 1950s when the German government asked automakers to build a Jeep-like prototype. This is why the vehicle kind of resembles the Jeep. despite cool features such as the rear-mounted flat four-engine and an in-house built four-wheel drive system, the Porsche Jagdwagen failed to get the government’s tender because of expensive production costs. Only 50 of these off-roaders were manufactured and plans of public production were quickly shelved.
2014 Cayman GTS
The 2014 Cayman GTS was built based on the 981 model, albeit with some major changes. Besides a longer body, the modifications on the GTS included a more powerful engine that produces 340hp, Bi-Xenon headlights, Sports Chrono Package with a sports exhaust system. It can move from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. This headturner is one of the best models in the third generation of the Caymans.
Porsche 911 Targa
The 911 Targa was introduced into the market in 1967 and was named after the Targa Florio road in Sicily where Porsche had won several races. It featured a removable rooftop with stainless steel anti-roll bar. Porsche halted its production and made a comeback in 2014. The new Taga proved to be worth the wait as it featured a 3.8L six cylinder engine producing 400hp.
2002-Present Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne was first launched in 2002 and even though it might not be Porsche’s first off-roader, it is its most famous. This mid-size luxury crossover sport utility has gained massive popularity because it provides comfort, luxury, performance and speed, all in one SUV. As if that is not enough, the third generation of Porsche Cayenne will include the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, an SUV that does not have a starter motor.
1975 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 Coupe
Having received massive love from the public, Porsche decided to scale it up by producing the Turbo 3.0 Coupe. This was a turbocharged version of the 911 and at the time was considered the fastest German car. The Turbo 3.0 Coupe truly exuded the Porsche elegance in terms of style and performance, further endearing the brand to fans.
Designed from the 911, the Porsche 959 is famous for winning the Paris-Dakar Rally. It is still considered the best off-road racer. Fans were given a treat when in 1987, Porsche released the street variant giving it a powerful four-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged flat six-engine that produced 444hp.
2009-present Porsche Panamera
The Porsche Panamera is the front-engined luxury 4-door saloon car that has been produced since 2009. This production of the Panamera was part of Porsche’s strategy of expanding its clientbase and it worked. Since 2017, the second generation of Porsche Panamera was rolled out, complete with a new and modern design. Instead of the old array of buttons, touch sensitive surfaces are now used to control the vehicle. In addition, the 2017 Panamera also features a 12.3 inch touchscreen complete with a sat-nav, Apple CarPlay integration and two 7-inch displays instead of the dials. This car is powered by new engines and buyers have the options of Panamera 4S, 4S Diesel or the Turbo which was availed during the launch. Porsche also announced that the 2018 model will include the plug-in hybrid version, Panamera Turbo SE Hybrid and in true Porsche fashion will be powered by a 4.0L V8 engine.