Porsche, once known solely for their drop-dead gorgeous 911, has blossomed into an automotive powerhouse, marrying luxury and useable performance in a svelte shell of German subtlety.
The relentless growth and innovation of Porsche have allowed them to become and remain one of few auto manufacturers that have evolved with the changing demands of an increasingly environmentally-conscious world.
By diversifying its model lineup to include SUVs, sedans, crossovers, hybrids, and even a fully-electric model, Porsche seduced a greater audience to experience the ultimate enjoyment of vehicle ownership.
Today’s Porsche model range covers every angle, from taking the family on a day trip to an adventure off-road in search of new thrills – Porsche has perfected a luxury car for every occasion.
When the 911 first arrived in the 1960s, the unconventional rear engine, a rear-wheel-drive platform with an air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine, caused an enormous stir, and the public fell in love. The car was lightweight, a thrill to drive, and, most importantly – reliable.
Evolving from the stunning 356, the 911 was a beautifully-simplistic entry into a landscape of flat-nosed, garish Italian sportscars. Turning up in a Porsche attracted a different crowd to that of a Ferrari and Lamborghini, and since it boasted practicality where others fell short, owners driving their Porsche daily were often afforded the luxury of keeping a low profile.
The thirst to innovate for Porsche never ended, and a decade after the 911 was put on sale in 1964, a host of upgrades and bold new features were twinkling on the horizon. Power output increased as the sublime-sounding engines increased capacity, as did the range of body styles and trim levels available.
Long before Porsche opened-up shop as a producer of luxury German sportscars, the company’s founder, Ferdinand Porsche, designed several electric and hybrid vehicles a whole century before the rest of the world caught up with concerns regarding air quality and fossil fuel usage.
Porsche claimed it was never his initial intention to design cars, intent on proceeds from license sales, patents, and special projects for clients to grow the company. It was in the bedroom of Porsche’s son, Ferry, that early sketches were made, before the company relocated to a new office in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1931 – the name of which can be seen incorporated into the iconic shield badge.
Moving with the times
Porsche’s iconic flagship model, the 911, brought a new approach to road handling, with those brave enough to tame the rear-engine beast and its unusual rear-engine layout feeling the joyous, novel sensation of powering out of a corner like no other car at the time.
Power and torque, while appearing modest on paper, were always more than enough due to being lightweight and agile in dealing with the twists and turns of a challenging road. The quirky flat six-cylinder engines Porsche produced sounded terrific, yet the car always retained an element of sensibility with noise in the cabin low enough to fully relax in the comfortable, if not the understated, interior.
Reliability has always been a trademark of Porsche, and unlike many well-known Italian sportscars that wouldn’t make it a few hours down the highway on a hot day, Porsche’s engines, whether air-cooled or liquid-cooled are built to last and not just perform for the cameras.
With the turn of the century and Porsche releasing their first SUV, the Cayenne, things quickly started looking up, experiencing unprecedented sales growth despite a mixed reception from critics and the public. The decision to design a wider range of cars paid off handsomely in the long run, with later models like the Macan becoming all-time best-sellers.
4 door models
The Porsche Cayenne, Macan, and Panamera all suit the family experience; with four doors and ample space inside the stylish cabin, there’s practical storage for your belongings and a range of engine options to choose from.
The Cayenne was Porsche’s first entry into the luxury SUV market, and today is offered in a range of trim packages, with engine options ranging from 3.0 V6 turbocharged to 4.0 V8 twin-turbocharged combustion engines (also available as plug-in hybrids).
The Panamera is a 4-door sedan that bridges the gap between sports cars and luxury sedans. This time with the engine in the front, V6 and V8 powertrains are available, with the ludicrous 620-horsepower Panamera Turbo S boasting supercar-killing performance, with the comfort of a highway cruiser at the top of the list. The Panamera can be a sedan, wagon, or long-wheelbase Executive trim level, depending on your requirements.
The Porsche Macan is the best-selling model to date, and it’s not hard to see why. The compact nature of this entry-level SUV is perfectly tailored for urban living. With generous space and features throughout, the 2.0 inline four-cylinder engine boasts efficiency without sacrificing performance.
The legendary 911 is now on its 8th generation, and the passion within the model lineage is burning as brightly as ever. The 911 offers the purest high-performance driving experience in the ever-popular Targa and Carrera Convertible options; the 911 packs brutal performance into the timeless body, with engine options ranging from the base 3.0 twin-turbocharged flat-six to the racier 4.0 engine with over 440-horsepower, the 911 aims to fulfill all your driving fantasies, without sacrificing the comfort of luxury.
The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman both offer a similar experience to the 911, at a fraction of the price, with base models starting at around $60,000. The Cayman, once dubbed the ‘baby 911,’ is a formidable entry-level sportscar that excels at providing owners everyday practicality with a comfortable ride, whether through pot-hole-filled streets or on smooth tarmac roads.
The Porsche Taycan magnificently showcases many firsts for Porsche. Inside the cabin of their first production electric car, lies a gorgeous fully-digital multi-screen instrument panel, another first for Porsche. Visually, the Taycan is pretty to admire from all angles, flaunting defined curves that meet at the front and rear to exhibit a stunning shooting-brake design.
The base-level Taycan Sedan comes with a single motor with a tested range of around 200 miles, and is rear-wheel drive, whereas all other Taycan models, such as the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo and Taycan Turbo (confusingly only turbo by name), are powered by dual-motors and all-wheel drive.
The Taycan is an exciting entry for Porsche onto the EV scene, which wonderfully benefits from race-winning technologies cleverly hidden under its mysterious body.
Porsche ownership is a special opportunity with a prestigious brand to indulge in life and its many pleasures. Luxurious practicality fused with blinding performance is a unique cocktail many of us fall head over heels for, and those that are always growing, adapting, and thriving in new environments will find a Porsche offers so many ‘Porsche things’ – special jewels only you’ll know about if you own a Porsche.
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