Undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable silhouettes in automotive history, along with one of the most familiar names too; 911. Pronounced nine-eleven, the iconic 911 was originally called the '901' but to cut a long story short, Peugeot had already trademarked the 901 name. Therefore, the Porsche 911 was born. At over 50 years old, the Porsche 911 name has stood the test of time, and stuck by the car throughout, although an internal model code is adopted, which is used by enthusiasts and so forth for ease of era identification. After the original 911 name, the 930 followed, then came the 964, 993, 996, 997, 991 and then the recently announced 992.
Instantly recognisable by its iconic body shape, the Porsche 911 has kept the same flowing body shape throughout its ultra-successful history - a two door, 2+2 seat swooping coupe with round headlights (slightly different on the 996-generation). Targa, Convertible and Speedster versions are also available. Of course, each new generation has added in various styling tweaks and details, and due to safety and technology, the car has become larger, but the classy original '60s silhouette is still very much part of the 911's DNA. Various specifications add in more aggressive body styling such as the Turbo models which feature large rear spoilers and more aggressive styling, along with the GT models which increase the spoiler further still whilst replicating racing cars in their weight-saving initiatives and styling. In short, the 911 is the epitome of the sports car, and its exterior suggests a perfect mix of power, performance and driving pleasure.
Interior quality is typically German. It is therefore superbly ergonomic and the fit, feel and finish is of supreme quality. Premium materials are used throughout, complemented by state-of-the-art technology in later cars - with just enough classic touches to ensure the driving feel and the sense of occasion is not lost. As for practicality, with a sports car many won't expect a great amount, but the 911 features a reasonable-sized boot - which is of course in the front of the car, as the 911 has always been rear-engined. Due to the car's swooping coupe body - the rear seats aren't really ideal for adults, due to the decreased headroom, but extra space will always come in handy.
Quite simply, the Porsche 911 is the definition of the sports car. Outstanding power and performance is met by pin-sharp handling. And this is all in a configuration that many thought simply wouldn't work - as the 911's engine is located at the rear. This is probably what makes the driving experience even more special, in that despite a concept that many thought wouldn't work, Porsche made sure the 911 drove perfectly. Performance is incredible too with 62 mph dealt with in under 3 seconds in some specifications. It's no surprise that the 911 has seen people call it the 'super sports car'.
As expected with the 911's status as a thoroughbred sports car, practicality isn't excellent, but it's not bad at all really. The front boot gives ample space for a standard bag/small suitcase and the rear seats - as mentioned are a little cramped, but could double up as extra luggage space. Ergonomic cup holders and useful storage compartments ensure the 911 is seen as 'the everyday sports car/super car' - along with it being able to raise the front axle on some models, along with state-of-the-art infotainment and technology making each journey entertaining and enjoyable. The build quality ensures each drive is comfortable too.
Engines and transmissions
As you can imagine, with a car spanning over fifty years, many engines have been available. If you take into account engines from the 996 generation onward, the 911 features 3.0-litre, 3.4-litre, 3.6-litre and 3.8-litre engines. An incredible 4.0-litre engine is also available. As an out and out sports car, the 911 is only available with a petrol engine, but both manual and automatic transmission options are available. Performance from the range is superb with 62 mph dealt with in under 3 seconds in some 911 models, thanks to horsepower ranging all the way up to 690 hp. There is quite literally a 911 for everyone, from the subtle, classy Carrera, all the way up to ultra-performance versions such as Turbo, Turbo S, GT and RS 911s.
If you are after the ultimate sports car, that will feel ultra-special on a weekend, but can also suffice as a great daily-driver, then look no further than the Porsche 911. Of course, the range-topping GT and RS models will probably be best suited to weekend drives, due to their stiffer chassis and their everyday luxuries kept to a minimum, due to their race car like lightness. The 911 suits a luxury lifestyle and its no wonder the car is favoured by many professional racing drivers and performance car enthusiasts. It is the perfect weekend car, along with the ultimate daily driver for the successful enthusiast.