Is the Porsche 911 still just a sports car?
Is it a sports car? Well not really...
The Porsche 911, ever since 1963, has been the German equivalent to your typical McDonalds in the US. It has been one of the most recognizable and most influential cars to have ever landed on this rock we call Earth. And sure, it still kinda looks like a combed and styled Beetle, but there really is nothing but love.
After the mighty Porsche 356 was reaching its demise, German perfectionist Ferdinand Porsche, took his VW money and wicked smarts and created one of the best sports cars ever. No wonder it has been the companies halo car since James May was 3 months going on 43 years.
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Sure, it wasn't the cheapest car money could buy, but it certainly wasn't a Ferrari 250 GTO or anything near the sorts. All it was really was an elegant, light, and sporty little thing. Hopping from corner to corner, never releasing that smile off your face.
The first generation 911, the 901, had a fearsome Flat Six mounted just above the rear axle, an engine just as iconic as the car itself. And even though this rather casual 911 isn't screaming and spitting into your face, it still, as stated earlier, is a really pleasant car to drive. No wonder they sold just as many 911s around the world as France with their pungent and tasty cheeses.
So naturally, as time went on, faster and better versions started to pop up more and more. Case in point is the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Even though the name is as long as a bankers face, it is one amazing car. Originally built for homologation rules, it has a 2.7L flat six and subtle aerodynamics that allow this thing to literally, if you want it to, rip your face off.
It is not only fast, but very lightweight as well. All in all, let me just say that there is a reason these things are now boasting $500,000 on the low end. They ultimately are one of the first 911s to break Porsche into their crazy fast road car stage.
This package of being able to own a comfortable and fast 911 or a freaky fast and dribble inducing will (naturally) continue on to today. Speaking of today, let's get to the point, shall we?
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The Porsche 911 started out as being a just above affordable fun car that would give you a smile as wide as the whole continent of Asia. However, since car companies feel the need to never stop improving, that mentality has all started to go wrong.
By no means am I saying that the new 911 is a bad car, as in its typical German ways, it is really good. However, even your base 911 isn't really a sports car anymore. Now with all the tech and power and stuff, it has become a full-on supercar.
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Granted, considering the massive amount of different 911 models, there is some arguing that can be done with this statement. However, with top speeds from 182 to 211 MPH, call them what you will, but that is at or even exceeds supercar territory. Yes, top speed matters just as much as your third course in a meal, but acceleration and horsepower specs are just as quick and just as alarming.
With that said, with the Boxster and Cayman models, the 911 has been, in my wacked mind, pushed out of the sports car category. Considering acceleration, power, speed, and price, we can conclude that, basically every model of the 911 isn't the sports car they used to be. No, they are now supercars. Or at least Super Sports Cars. And there really in no reverse gear Porsche can kick in to change that back.