Has the 911 jumped the shark? Or did it do that years ago?
Arguments rage about the "purity" of the 911, but did it lose that 40 years ago?
Porsche people tend to be quite passionate. I deal with Lotus a lot these days and Lotus guys often have a bee in their bonnet about Porsche. That's fine. Everyone supports their own team and will defend them as best they can.
But, for a long time I was a committed Porsche fan. I still do like their products, although I'm rapidly falling out of love with the company. In fact, I think the moment they consciously chose to start limiting cars like the Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS to create an inflated second-hand market, I decided they were not the firm for me anymore.
The basic 911 going turbocharged hasn't helped my opinion of the model. Now, total disclaimer, I haven't driven a 911 any newer than a 997. And then only briefly. But I know plenty of Porsche guys who wouldn't be seen dead in something that has water running around the engine. What witchcraft!
The 911 is often criticized for being a bit stuck-in-the-mud, but equally many fans have stuck by it because of what it represents. With each step-change though, there are some who will stick their hands in the air and go "This is no longer a 911!". I even hear rumours about the next generation being mid-engined....
I ran a 993 targa for a while, a restoration project that revealed a lot about the "brilliant" 993 - it's not perfect!
SO, are you a 911 fan? Do you think the best one is always the newest one, or have you got a firm favourite? When did you think they "jumped the shark".... perhaps it was recently.... maybe the turbos all round? No, how about electric steering? What about water cooling? What about the radically restyled 993's exterior? Maybe when it got POWER steering? Maybe when it got US-spec bumpers? Or maybe when it got a wheelbase extension in 1967?
Porsche have tried to replace it numerous times - but it keeps on kicking. So Porschephiles, tell me, is the 911 going to keep on for another 50 years or has it already gone one step too far for your money?