The Porsche 911 is a car that has been in existence since 1963. The car has managed to preserve its classic look in its contemporary designs. If any car is worthy to be called a classic the Porsche 911 next to the Volkswagen Beetle are true classics. The car is part of the Volkswagen Group conglomerate. The group is owned in turn by Porsche Automobil Holding SE which is under the custodianship of the Porsche and Pëich families.
Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche made the sketches for the Porsche 911 back in 1959. The 911 replaced the Porsche 256. It was going to be called the Porsche 901, however Peugeot successfully launched a lawsuit in France to stop this. Peugeot argued that they had the exclusive rights to any car name that featured three numbers with a zero in the center. Thus, the name was changed to Porsche 911, however 901 was used on the car’s components for years.
The first 911 had a 128 hp engine, which was air cooled and rear mounted. Today, the engines are still rear mounted however since 98’ they have moved away from being air cooled.
In 2013 the car made its 50th anniversary having sold 820,000 cars. As a true testament to the car’s reliability 150,000 cars of the production years 1964-1989 are still on the road today.
The engine that is used today is the flat-six with the option to turbocharge it or not. It gives a range of performance depending on the model. For the Carrera and the Carrera S you have a 3 L engine that gives you 370 hp and 420 hp respectively. As for the GTS you get a 3.8 L engine that will give you 430 hp. As for transmission a 7-speed manual is standard, while a 7-speed auto is optional.
Well, some of the Porsche 911 purists are aggrieved by the car’s use of turbochargers. They feel that naturally aspirated engines are far more their forte. However, Porsche took it upon themselves to add the turbochargers as they add more fuel economy and lesser emissions. Porsche have worked overtime to reduce the turbo lag making it a more responsive car to drive.
As for acceleration the car is lightning quick going from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds on the manual, 4.2 seconds on the PDK auto and 4.0 seconds on the PDK auto with Sport Chrono Package. As for its top speed it ranges from 180-191 mph.
The Body Styles
You have the option to buy it as either a coupé, convertible or targa. Targa by the way is a semi-convertible body style that is a trademark owned by Porsche AG.
What Do The Critics Say?
Top Gear calls it the best sports car in the world, Car and Driver lists it as the best premium sports car. It’s hard to see where to criticize the car that was voted fifth in the 1999 international poll for the car of the century.
If you are a contemporary music fan, then most probably you’ve heard Calvin Harris ft. Example single We’ll Be Coming Back. The video to this song features a red 1973 Porsche 911 T driven by Example.
Is the Porsche’s new direction in turbocharged engines ruining the car or are they on the right direction? Leave a comment, and have your say.
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