As the old saying goes, “If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it.” Porsche, more so than almost every other car manufacturer, seems to have taken this philosophy to its ultimate conclusion. Since the 1960’s, Porsche has kept pieces/designs of the classics into their new cars.
However, to be successful in the automotive industry, you can’t be a one-trick pony. As such, Porsche has kept, but improved almost every one of their all-time greats. In recent years, Porsche remains at the forefront of spectacular engineering and continually produce amazing vehicles. To illustrate Porsche’s recent successes, here are ten of the best Porsche models this decade. Specifically, between the years 2009 to 2019…
10 – Porsche Cayenne Turbo S-E Hybrid Coupe
To start, we’ve got on of Porsche’s latest and greatest creations: The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S-E Hybrid Coupe. Although the name is sort of a mouthful, this hybrid Cayenne manages to impress, nonetheless.
The standard Cayenne comes in many different trims: From Coupe to Turbo and Turbo to hybrid. Of all the Cayenne models, their latest Cayenne Turbo S-E Hybrid Coupe is easily their priciest (And most fuel-efficient) SUV Porsche has to offer.
9 – Porsche 911 Carrera S (992)
Of course, if you’re going to talk about Porsche’s latest and greatest models, you would have to be crazy to forget the beloved 911 Carrera. More specifically, though, the brand new 2020 992-body 911 Carrera S.
Not too much is different from the older 911 Carrera (991/991.2) besides a few minor tweaks to the exterior, a revamped interior design, and a bit more power. Obviously, Porsche is great at making compact sports cars, especially the 911, which gets faster and better every year. Sadly, though, the price also rises quite a bit.
8 – Porsche Panamera Turbo
When the average consumer thinks about the Porsche brand, a few things probably come to mind in that instance: Images of expensive, well-tuned sports cars that can barely hold two people. This is true, for the most part, but not the only thing Porsche is great at.
For example, observe the new Porsche Panamera Turbo: A five-door hatchback of sorts that can carry a whole family and still tear up a race track. Contrary to some individual’s opinion, the Panamera is still very much a Porsche at heart (Particularly with the Turbo version).
7 – Porsche 911 Speedster
Sometimes, the best way to take two-steps forward is by taking a single-step backwards. Apparently, this is what Porsche executives thought when they brought back the 911 Speedster just a year ago. Since the early days of Porsche and the 911 body style, convertibles and Speedster alternatives were a big part of the Carrera’s lineup.
Originally, the Speedster was inspired by the 356 racing car, but the latest Speedster is based more off of other Speedster models than the 356 (However, there’s still inspiration involved). The 2019/2020 Porsche 911 Speedster is the best of both worlds: Modern Porsche technology, safety and design along with a classic shape along with the expected performance figures.
6 – Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
Shortly after Porsche dominated the W.E.C. (World Endurance Championship) with their LMP1 car, the 919 Hybrid, Porsche thought “what would this car be capable of without F.I.A. restrictions?” Luckily for us, they went through with it; creating the 919 Hybrid Evo.
Now, this Porsche is unlike any other. Not only is it for races only, but it’s also extremely expensive to build and maintain. Because of this, the 919 Hybrid Evo is held in Porsche’s factory until they want to beat a fastest lap-time. When the 919 Evo comes out, however, it will even give F1 cars a run for their money, as evidenced by the lap-records at the Circuit de Francorchamps and the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
5 – Porsche Turbo S (991)
When Porsche made their 991-body Porsche Turbo S, just about everyone expected it to be a quick car. Yet, very few anticipated just how fast it was, chiefly involving acceleration from 0 to 60. With a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, flat-six, all-wheel drive, and a curb-weight of just over 3,000 pounds, the 991 Turbo S became on of the world’s fastest cars from 0 to 60.
In just 2.9 seconds, or less, the Turbo S will launch to sixty M.P.H. This is because of the added traction from the AWD system, lightweight chassis, and nearly 550 horsepower. So, if you’re not a fan of electric cars, but still want to go fast (without spending millions on a Bugatti), then look no further than the Porsche Turbo S.
4 – 2016 Porsche 911R
As technology advances over the years, older, less-efficient tools and parts are swapped out in favor of the updated modern version. Where this’ been rampant in the car community is with manual transmissions; getting fazed out faster and faster. However, Porsche knows their customer base and knew that there would be thousands who still wanted the classic three-pedal setup. As such, the 911R was born.
The 911R was made for the true Porsche “purists” who find most of the newer cars lacking in certain departments. The 911R comes standard (No pun intended) with a manual transmission, lightweight body, and a massive 4.0-liter flat-six. Though some may see it as a step backwards, the reality is that Porsche’s 911R is more “Porsche-like” than a majority of their current model list.
3 – Porsche GT2 RS
After Porsche’s resounding success with their GT3/GT3 RS reboot (991), it was only a matter of time before the German powerhouse brought back another RS-model: The 991 Porsche GT2 RS.
In simplest terms, the GT2 RS is, basically, a smaller version of the GT3 RS. The prime difference, however, is the exterior styling and aerodynamic package. With all of that combined, the GT2 RS crushed the Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap-record back in 2017 with a time of 6:47.3.
2 – Porsche 918 Hybrid
Some of you may have been wondering, “Where’s the 918 on this list?” Well, the wait is over. Introducing Porsche’s most successful, and powerful, hybrid to date: The Porsche 918 Hybrid.
The 918 Hybrid is a member of what’s been dubbed the ‘Holy Trinity:’ a combination of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918. These three cars are the crème de la crème of the hypercar category; often sporting over 1000 horsepower and a hybrid system. Compared to the others, the 918 Hybrid is the cheapest (~$850,000) and most efficient when staying in all-electric mode. It’s also the fastest from zero to sixty!
1 – Porsche GT3 RS (991.2)
Last up, but certainly not least, is Porsche’s latest supercar. No, it’s not the 992 Carrera, 935, or 918 Hybrid, but rather the upgraded/updated Porsche GT3RS 991.2-body style. Of all of Porsche’s current lineup, the GT3 RS s easily one of the most extreme-looking out of the bunch. The GT3 RS is powered by the large 4.0-liter flat-six (Naturally aspirated) that can pump out around 550 horsepower.
For the GT3 RS’ technology, it’s obviously a leader in that field, as well; some going as far as to classify the GT3 RS as one of the most technically advanced Porsche’s to-date. What’s really outstanding, though, is the price-point. Sure, the GT3 RS is still about $150,000+, however, that’s nothing compared to their competition (Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc.). Since the GT3 RS can keep up/beat those other cars, why wouldn’t you invest in one?