AskMen.com, with a little bit of help from Porsche North America, has compiled a list of the top ten Porsche models of all time in celebration of the brand’s emergence sixty years ago in North America. The list goes as follows:
10. Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid – Equipping the 911 GT3 R with two electric motors provides the Porsche racecar with better fuel mileage and on-demand power reserves. Although earmarked for the track, this technology is expected to trickle down to all the Porsche models in the future.
9. Porsche Cayenne Turbo – We aren’t sure if it meant the entire Cayenne Turbo range since the model was introduced for 2003 or the new sportier 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Either way, the Cayenne has proved its worth in the marketplace despite protests from Porsche enthusiasts.
8. 1965 Porsche 911 Targa – AskMen.com says 1965 was the first year that Porsche sold the Targa model but we are certain the Targa was introduced in 1967. Despite the discrepancy, It says the Targa was an attempt to outsmart the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (AskMen.com calls it the National Highway Transport Safety Association or NTHSA) before it was going to pass laws banning convertibles. The bans were never enacted and the Targa model sold so well that Porsche still builds it to this day.
7. Porsche 718 RS 60 (Spyder) – “An evolution from the 356 and 550 racecars…the 718 RS 60 (Spyder) snagged a number of important wins for Porsche, including overall wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring (with a Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder) and the Targa Florio (with a Porsche 718 GTR Coupe).”
6. Porsche Carrera GT – Despite replacing the expensive clutch, the Carrera GT has earned it spot in its top-ten list through engineering excellence.
5. Porsche 550 Spyder – The car that killed James Dean will live on as one of Porsche’s greatest creations. AskMen.com points out that “Porsche 550s took home a one-two win at the car’s first ever race—the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the car continued to dominate legendary events like the Carrera Panamericana.”
4. Porsche 959 – “Unveiled in 1983, the 959 featured forward-thinking technologies such as an all-wheel drive system, a 450-horsepower turbocharged flat-6, magnesium wheels and run-flat tires. Even the body—while common-looking today—was incredibly advanced due to its slippery shape, flush headlamps and integrated bumpers. Porsche built a little over 200 models to meet FIA homologation requirements, but the car never achieved certification for North America. In 1998, a new U.S. law allowed cars like the 959 to be brought over under a 'Show & Display' status, finally allowing us Yanks to enjoy a true icon of automotive history.”
3. Porsche 917 – The 917 co-starred in the 1971 film Le Mans with Steve McQueen behind the wheel. The 917 gave “Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970, a feat it repeated the following year. Porsche officially retired the car in 1971, but the car would go on to conquer racetracks around the world for another 10 years.”
2. 1966 Porsche 911S – Dubbed by AskMen.com as the most important 911 of all time. It says the 911S was introduced in 1966 but we believe its first year was in 1967. The 911S was the “Super” version of the 356 successor, the new 911, which started production in fall of 1964 for 1965. The 911S featured “Fuch alloy wheels—wheels whose design have come to define the classic 911 look almost as much as the 911 silhouette itself.”
1. Porsche 356 – The first Porsche sold in North America has also taken home many firsts for the brand and ensured that the lifespan of the Porsche brand for the past 60 years.
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