Unpopular carpinion: Porsche’s don’t need the 6 cylinder engine to be great.
Is is popular or unpopular? I don't know.
Hey everyone, after reading the title, did you get super mad? Probably. Well, because I’m saying this, one of two things will happen: 1) You will give this article a “Mad” badge, or 2) You will start thinking about the Carrera GT, and other Porsches that don’t have a 6 cylinder engine. Just let me explain, here are a few reasons.
Purists make such a big deal about the 6 cylinder engine literally being Porsche. But did the company start with a 6 cylinder engine? Nope. The 356, 550 (basically a 356, but it counts), 718 RS60/61 Spyder, and many more cars that were at the very beginning of Porsches history had a 4 cylinder engine. Without them, you wouldn’t have your precious 6 cylinder.
2. A lot of legendary Porsches didn’t have a 6 cylinder engine.
917, Carrera GT, 919 and 919 EVO (won LeMans, and the EVO has the ‘Ring lap record), 914, 912, all 356’s, 904 Carrera GTS, 550 Spyder, 916, 924, 928, 968, and the 918 Spyder. That isn’t even all of them, but those all are legendary for their own reason. Even the Boxster and Cayman T. Those models received a ton of hate for not having a 6 cylinder engine, but they look better than the previous Boxsters and Caymans, and they are still good cars.
3. Are new 911’s really that purist friendly?
If you’re an enthusiast, how can you like the 911 Carrera 4S if it is not naturally aspirated and 4 wheel drive? On the other hand, the 718 Spyder has a manual without options, it’s naturally aspirated, and it’s a convertible. Also, it is faster than a base 911, and around 2k USD less than a base 911. How can any 911 that isn’t a Turbo be respected if it isn’t naturally aspirated, and maybe has 4WD? Is that more purist friendly than a 718 Spyder?
The 911 has changed from “cool sports car” to “I’m drive a mid-life crisis car” or “I’m old” or the one that makes people hate you, “Beetle.” After the 993, the 911’s reputation was completely tarnished. And the 911 sort of went through a mid life crisis. It got way wider after the 993.
In the past decade, the 911 has faced some new competition. The F Type, LC500, and yes, the Challenger Hellcat are more striking, the Hellcat is faster and cheaper, and all have V8’s, which sounds cooler than flat six. Imagine this: you are talking about car engines with someone, and they ask you which engine your car has. If you say flat six, they will think you own a 3 series. If you say V8, than they think you own a muscle or sports car. And the competition is more striking, but in my opinion, the 911 has the best styling.
So yeah, that is it. Why I think the Porsches don’t need a 6 cylinder engine to be great. And since the 911 can be such a dad car, here is a horrible dad joke to make the enthusiasts get even more mad, even though they stopped reading after they read the title. “Have you not read everything on Reddit? I’ve read it.” I had to. I hope you enjoyed the article, and comment if you agree or disagree. Have a good day!