Porsche models are a reflection of the personality and status of the owner.
This article is an attempt to look at various types of porsches.
Porsche, a German automobile manufacturer, was originally founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche. The name “Porsche” came from the founder, Ferdinand Porsche. Porsche designs, manufactures and sells cars of a wide range of prices and has been involved in racing sports since the company’s beginning. The Porsche family was originally known for designing and manufacturing farm equipment. The first Porsche company was closed in November 1939, but production of cars made by this company remained on until July 1945.
Porsche’s founder Ferdinand Porsche created the famous “Volkswagen Beetle” which became an icon for Beetle models and other German cars. The company has grown to be the largest producer of luxury vehicles in Europe. In 1998, the company merged with Volkswagen AG and since then produces sports cars with VW’s four rings. Nowadays , Porsche is considered to be one of the most prominent sports car brands in the world.
Different Types of Porsches
The Porsche 911 is a series of luxury performance sports cars. The 911 is the most successful competition car ever. In fact, it is one of the most successful sports cars in general and has remained popular for a long time since its introduction back in 1964.
The 911 was styled by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche who was also the son of the company’s founder, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche (Ferdinand Porsche). The 911 replaced the Porsche 356 as a more up-to-date sports car and became one of the most successful models in its class for years to come.
The Porsche 912 is a second model. The major difference between the 911 and 912 was that the engine in the latter had only four cylinders instead of six used in 911, although it had more power than the 911 at 125 hp (93 kW) compared to 115 hp (86 kW). The 912 is much cheaper than the 911, as it was made of less expensive materials and fewer options.
The first Porsche 912 came off the assembly line on July 1, 1965. It was produced until 1969 with a total number of 26,597 cars (19,846 in normal series plus 6,751 T-5 Sport versions). The two letter designation ‘T’ in the 912 model name stands for “Touring” and was temporarily used for describing all 911 models from 1965 to 1967. This is a classic sports car of 60s, manufactured by Porsche as part of its generation of cars from 1963.
The Porsche 914 or VW-Porsche 914 was a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car manufactured and marketed collaboratively by Volkswagen (VW) and Porsche from 1969 to 1976. The code “914” comes from the internal factory designation, type 14=940 cm³ engine displacement; while Volkswagen marketing used the “91” prefix.
The 914 was styled rather conservatively, in contrast to the 911 with its very long hood and short deck. Most 914s featured two rectangular, rear mounted tail lights (one on each side), though some early versions had four round units – similar to those found on the 356 had a rear-mounted, water cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine and a unique torsion bar suspension at the rear, both items generally unheard of on a sports car of this type – which usually featured striking bodywork and front mounted water cooled engines.
In fact, the 914 was originally developed as a normally aspirated version of the Porsche 912 – with the engine mounted in front and driving the rear wheels (and also using Volkswagen’s traditional torsion bar suspension).
The Porsche Boxster is a roadster (a type of sports car). The first generation Boxster was introduced in late 1996 and sold for almost ten years until it was replaced with the all-new Boxster in late 2005. The second generation is currently in production.
The Boxster is a mid-engined roadster and shares only basic mechanicals with the similar boxers. It is powered by 2L flat six normally aspirated engines, codenamed “Carrera” and “Carrera S”.
The Boxster has won the Sports Car International award for the best handling roadster from 1996 through 2000. It was also on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1996–1997, 1998–1999 and 2005, as well as Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” list for 1996 through 2010 (except 2007).
The Porsche Cayman is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports car. It was introduced at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show as the replacement for the 986 model and has been produced since then in two different generations. The car is named after the endangered Cayman snake.
The Cayman was originally intended to replace the 986 model, but executives decided the 987 would fill that position and that a new, cheaper entry-level model was needed instead. It is positioned below the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S in Porsche’s lineup.
The car is powered by 3L flat six engines from the 911 and is currently the most powerful model in the range.
The Cayman has a high level of standard equipment, including dual zone electronic climate control, electric windows, satellite navigation system, Porsche Communication Management with a 6.5″ display screen and entertainment centre and 18 inch wheels as standard. The brake balance bar was deleted in favour of two-piece floating discs. From the convertible and Boxster, it inherited its multi-link suspension layout at the rear axle.
The Porsche Macan is a five-door luxury crossover SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) from 2014. It was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, followed by Auto Shanghai 2013.
The Macan S features a 3-liter V6 engine with direct injection and a turbocharger. The engine generates 330 hp and can be raised to 350 hp with the optional Sport Chrono Package. It comes in rear-wheel drive or as all-wheel drive and with manual or dual-clutch PDK transmission, which is the only gearbox choice for the Macan S.
The Porsche Panamera is a four-door, five passenger luxury sports sedan. The Panamera debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009 and began selling in late spring 2010, competing with the Aston Martin Rapide, Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.
The following models are available: Turbo, Executive (with rear seat entertainment), S E-Hybrid, Turbo S and GTS.
The Panamera uses a front-engine / rear-wheel drive layout in all models except for the Hybrid model. It is powered by an evolution of the Carrera GT’s 4L H6 engine with two turbochargers and intercooler that generates 415 PS (309 kW; 412 hp) at 6000 rpm and 850 N·m (637 lbf·ft) of torque between 2200 and 5400 rpm.
The permanent all-wheel drive system has Porsche Traction Management with a 30% lockup clutch, standard on Panamera S, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S models.
The 2010 Panamera is slightly heavier than the E-Hybrid, at 2,974 kg (6,569 lb) and has a drag coefficient of 0.27.
The Panamera GTS generation model was added to the lineup in 2014. The GTS features an increased output of 460 PS (330 kW; 456 hp) and an increased top speed of 309 km/h (192 mph).
The Porsche Cayenne is a mid-size luxury SUV since 2002. It is named after the original Cayenne Turbo first released in 1986. Over time, the vehicle has evolved and expanded to encompass a larger range of engines.
The Cayenne was Porsche’s first all-new model released at the turn of the 21st century, and marked Porsche’s return to SUV production after 30 years. It also marked the unveiling of four new technologies in one vehicle – an 8L V8 turbocharged engine, an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, active suspension and the Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive system.
The Cayenne shares its chassis with the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7. Major components are shared with other Porsches: brakes, wheels, tires, power steering, airbags, etc.
Porsche Panamera Turbo
The Panamera Turbo is a high-performance derivative of the Porsche Panamera. The Turbo can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph), nearly as high as the Carrera GT’s road-legal top speed of.
The Turbo’s performance-oriented styling features a new front bumper and rear diffuser, black exterior mirror covers with three-dimensional integral indicators, and 20-inch light-alloy wheels (optional 21s). Also included is an underbody aerodynamic kit which debuted on the Turbo S. The optional Sport Chrono Package allows for individual adjustments of the dynamics system.
The interior is identical to that of the Panamera 4S and includes the optional Premium package (14-way power seats, memory function for driver’s seat, interior air quality sensor, heated windshield glass etc.).
Following its release in 2010, Porsche announced a Turbo S version of the Panamera in 2011. It features an improved Turbo engine with increased power output (620 PS), two-tone 20-inch wheels, a height-adjustable sport suspension with optional Porsche Active Suspension Management and SportDesign exterior styling cues.
The Turbo S engine develops and of torque delivering a speed of in 6.2 seconds. The car has a top speed of .
The Panamera Turbo S sedan model was released in the United States in October, 2011. Porsche announced that it will be limited to only 500 units worldwide.
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is the world’s first production car to be powered by an electric motor and maintain performance above its non-hybrid counterpart. The electric motor is situated between the engine and transmission, replacing the torque converter found in a conventional automatic gearbox.
Electrification accounts for 19 kW of the Panamera S E-Hybrid total power output, and enables it to accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The electric motor also recharges the vehicle’s battery using regenerative braking. When operating as a pure electric vehicle, the car can travel up to on a fully charged battery. The system will allow the Panamera S E-Hybrid to maintain its top speed of up to .
The powertrain coupled with Porsche’s 7-speed PDK transmission gives it a driving range of per full charge, an improvement over the internal combustion model’s range.
Porsche claims that the car’s fuel consumption is 12.3 L/100 km (27 mpg ‑imp ; 24 mpg ‑US ) under the New European Driving Cycle, and overall CO2 emissions of 60 g/km when driven as a hybrid. When driven economically, it can achieve more than 10% improvement in fuel efficiency over both the previous generation Panamera and the Carrera models.
The Porsche Taycan (pronounced tie-kahn) will be the first production model of the upcoming line of fully electric vehicles. The concept car premiered at the International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt on June 8, 2017.
The automaker is targeting a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) acceleration time of 3.5 seconds, an electronically limited top speed of , and a range of more than under the New European Driving Cycle. Porsche claims that charging will take around 15 minutes with a 350 kW fast charger, which can provide up to 250 km (155 miles) of range in just four minutes. The Taycan’s battery, made at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, will be manufactured using several hundred lithium-ion cells.
How much do Porsches cost?
One depends on what you want it to be, if you want your car to be a racecar then it will probably cost around £50,000 and up. But if you want it to be a luxury car then it might cost around £80,000-100,000 (and up).
Also the more luxuries you put into your car the more other things have to go down in quality. For example putting air conditioning into a Porsche is one of the most expensive things that you can do.
Which is the best Porsche of all time?
This is a very hard question mainly because there are so many different types of Porsches, some better than others.
If you were to ask which one was the first Porsche then it would be the Volkswagen Beetle back in 1938; if you were to ask which one was the most expensive Porsche then it would probably be a 959 that cost £180,000; and if you were to ask which is the best looking car then I would say the Macan as it is a sporty SUV.
What is ‘the second Porsche’?
The second Porsche is the 901, so called because it was the company’s first production vehicle with a four-cylinder engine. It had been preceded by the Type 704 Boxster prototype racing sports car.
Porsche are some of the best, most luxurious cars in the world and they are worth every penny. If you have a chance, I would recommend that everybody tries out a Porsche at least once because it is an amazing experience.