Porsche is one of the more popular sports car manufacturer. Founded in 1931 as an engineering consultant by Ferdinand Porsche. The most popular model as of yet is the 911, which made its debut in 1964 as a sportive car. It has always come with a Boxer-6, but the displacement is generally upped every evolution. Despite the ever-evolving chassis and engine, the styling is often described as timeless and the engine remains in the rear(not ideal). A turbo model of the 911 has been in the line-up for 30 years and has cemented Porsches place in performance car history by reversing everyones' views about turbo cars. Porsche also offers their cars for less than Ferrari and Lamborghini which keeps them as an "affordable" sports car.
Some say Porsches are not built to perfection, but are engineered to perfection.
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The automobile manufacturer (founded in 1931 by the Austrian Ferdinand Porsche)responsible for the 917/30 and the 956 and the 962 cars. Three of the fastest non open-wheel race cars ever made. Also note the fact that they won Le Mans 24 hours a record 16 overall victories (a record still not broken). Porsche used the Kunhle, Kopp and Kausch turbochargers to great effects in the 80's. 911 is their best road car and has gone through several minor face lifts through it's successive generations. The 911 remains to be the most user-friendly, everyday maniac sportscar to buy today. The company is located in Stuttgart.
The Porsche 917 is a race car that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 liters, the long-tailed version was capable of a 0-62mph time of less than 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 248 mph (394 km/h). In the 1973 CanAm series, the turbocharged version Porsche 917/30 developed over 1100 bhp, and as much as 1500bhp in qualifying tune.
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There are many ways to describe a car that has been a symbol for decades. The car makers quality has never been lost on any one. The Porsche symbolizes all that is good in the world. Normally driven by the Hollywood and Malibu high and mighty.

This car has been featured in so many movies and songs that it has been implanted in our brains as the car that you want. Even if your a single dad living in the Sub-urbs that has to take his kids to school every morning.

we've seen porsche start making cars for the common man in past years. the Boxter being one of the first car's Porsche made for a "lower price tag". it was also the second least powerful of the makers sport cars. Leaving much to be desired from us Hard core porsche drivers (mainly those who drive Porsches from the years 1962 to 1990.)

The Porsche 928
"Porsche, there is no substitute"
Porsche 911
"there just soooo much cooler"

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Older models are air cooled, whereas newer models (996 and 997) are water cooled. Considered one of the best sports car manufacturers in the world.
Porsche > all other cars
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pronounced por-sha, not porsh. ferdinand's from germany.
Mir gefallen die Porsches... Mein Lieblingsauto.
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One of the best cars ever made (speaking from experience from owning a 83' 911). Porsche has made models from the No. 1 in 1948 to the soon to be released C7S. Be prepared for a lot of info on the 911 model. Porsche's most popular model, the 911, has a long history from 1965 to the present, and includes many "side" models. For example, a 911 from 1991 to 1994 is known as a 964, a 911 from 1995-1998 is known as the 993, a 911 from 1999-2004 is known as the 996, and the 911 from 2005 is known as the 997. Also, in the 70's and 80's Porsche 911 Turbos were also known as the 930.
The older 911s (in the 60's, 70's, and 80's) had the "S", "T", "E", "RS", "Carrera", and "SC" trim.

In the 70's, and early 80's the 911 had a 2.4, 2.7, and 3.0 litre engines. According to many 911 owners, the 2.7 litre engine had a lot of cooling problems due to the 5 blade cooling fan not getting enough air into the engine. The more refined 3.0 litre (1978-1983)is known to be a very reliable and "bulletproof" engine. The 2.7 and 3.0 also used the CIS fuel injection, opposed to later engines, like the 3.2 litre (1984-1988) and the 3.6 litre (1989-1998)which used Motronic fuel injection.

The Porsche 911 included a few different body styles, the Targa, Coupe, and Cabriolet. The Targa (produced from 1967 to the present)is a half coupe / half cabriolet trim that includes a removeable top, but a permanent rear window. The cabriolet, produced from 1983 on, came with Turbo and non-turbo models. The coupe was the first trim of the 911, and is one of the more popular trims.

The 911 Turbo (I believe from 1975 on)is a very expensive 911, and in the 80's, the Porsche factory would make a "Turbo Look", to sell a 911 that had the widebody, and the turbo tail, but no turbo engine.

Performance wise, Porsches are very fast cars, and very good track cars. For the older Porsche 911's (70's and 80's) the 0-60 mph time was from 5-8 seconds. The Turbo in the same year range could do 0-60 in 5 seconds or under, and the later models can do 0-60 in 3-5 seconds.

I believe that's it for the 911. I don't know much about other models, so I won't comment on them.
See my red 1983 Porsche 911 Cabriolet in the "images" section.
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