On the 8th of June 1948 the 356 was born. It was the very first production Porsche. The 356 featured driver focused rear-wheel drive and also had its engine in the rear – which is still adopted today in the legendary Porsche 911. Evolving over time up until 1965, the 356 was available as Cabriolet, Speedster and Roadster.
The Porsche 911 is the true definition of the sports car and a legend in its own right. Born in 1963, the 911 has gone on to push the envelope of what’s possible in a sports car. The 911 has kept a remarkably similar silhouette to the ‘60s original throughout its evolution – why change perfection?
A mid-engined sports car born in 1969, the Porsche 914 featured a Targa-topped, two-seater roadster body style that was very much unique in its design. The 914 also featured a favourite styling cue of pop-up headlights for the finishing touch to the bespoke sports car design. The 914 incidentally was built in collaboration with VW.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche introduced the 918 Spyder to the world in 2013, confirming a new era of the super sports car. One that combined a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine, with two electric motors. With a total output of 875bhp, the 918 can hit 62mph in an unbelievable 2.6 seconds, going on to reach 214mph. Super sports car or hypercar?
Introduced in 1976, the 924 was the successor of the 914. This two-door coupe with 2+2 seating was Porsche’s entry-level model at the time and featured a number of firsts for Porsche. It was the first Porsche to be offered with the engine up front, along with the rear-wheel drive other Porsches were famous for.
Born in the late ‘70s, the Porsche 928 was a luxury GT car. Like the Porsche 924, it featured a number of firsts to be featured on a Porsche model, such as being the company’s first V8 model. Interestingly, the 928 was born to replace the iconic 911, but we all know how that turned out.
A classic ‘80s sports car, the 944 replaced the outgoing 928. Front-engined and rear-wheel drive, the 944 had the classic Porsche recipe and of course featured the ‘80s sports car favourite – pop-up headlights. This fine Porsche coupe was a huge success for Porsche and was also available as a cabriolet too.
Concluding the evolution of the what Porsche had created originally with the 928, the 968 was the last evolution of the water-cooled, front-mounted engine Porsche models. It followed a similar appearance to its predecessors, with the classic two-door coupe look. Like previous models, the 968 was also available in a cabriolet too.
Launched in 1996, the Porsche Boxster is a two-seater roadster, the first since the legendary 550 Spyder for the ‘50s. Introducing new customers to the Porsche brand, the Boxster was a huge success. In 2005 it was joined by the Cayman, a coupe derived from later versions of Boxster. Both feature driver focused rear-wheel drive and impressive levels of performance.
Porsche Carrera GT
The Carrera GT has been described as a one-off vehicle. It is extremely unlikely you will ever again see a naturally aspirated, V10 hypercar come out of Weissach. With its drop-dead gorgeous styling, exquisite manual gearbox and glorious exhaust note, the Carrera GT is the fantasy Porsche that actually became reality.
Porsche are renowned for their sports cars, so when the German manufacturer introduced the Cayenne in 2002, the company’s first SUV, enthusiasts and fans became slightly worried. They needn’t have been as the Cayenne was another success for Porsche. SUV it may have been, the Cayenne still had the all-important sports car feel.
With the ever-changing automotive world lusting after the SUV, Porsche took advantage and introduced a more compact SUV, to complement the already hugely successful Cayenne. The Macan serves as a sports car that is practical, but not in the slightest bit ordinary. Its typically Porsche too, offering superb levels of refinement and performance.
Introduced in 2009, the Porsche Panamera 4-door saloon was another addition to the evolving Porsche range. The Panamera was introduced to look at different customers that could be introduced to the sports car brand, looking for enhanced practicality, but also the refinement and performance of a fine Porsche sports car.