The Top 10 Most Popular Porsches

Porsche Logo
Porsche Logo

Introduction

Porsche are one of the most recognisable car producers in the world. Everyone knows what you mean when you mention a “911” and the more recent introduction of the Boxster has added another name to the list of Porsche house hold names.

First I shall clear something up regarding the Porsche name. The key here is knowing that in the German language, E's at the end of a word, are not silent (like English) so if you here someone saying it Porsche, than they are correct!

This list was complied through research of a range of people's personal opinions. I admit that it may not be the most scientific way of approaching the list, but using production and sales figures is bias as Porsche Produce a lot more cars now than they did in the 1950s and 60's and you would lose some classic cars that way.

Porsche Cayman S 'Porsche Design Edition 1'
Porsche Cayman S 'Porsche Design Edition 1'

A Brief History

Porsche was original founded by Austro-Hungarian Ferdinand Porsche and was not a car manufacturer but a development and consulting company. The most important and well known project they worked on was for the German government was for the world known VW Beetle. The first Porsche car was the Porsche 62 which was built on the beetle platform in 1939. During 1945, Ferdinand Porsche was imprisoned for war crimes but was never tried. During this time, Ferdinand's son Ferry started building a car under the family name. This car was sold in small numbers as the 356 which is regarded by many as the first true Porsche. In 1951 Ferdinand died after suffering a stroke.

Over the next 10 years, Porsche introduced and raced (to a lot success) the 550 (spyder) and later the 718. Both cars proved very popular for Porsche, however in 1964, Porsche released not only one of their greatest cars, but possibly one of the greatest cars off all time. The 911 was born. The 911 was designed and built under the watchful eye of Ferry Porsche's eldest son Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The 911 introduced the now legendary 6 cylinder “boxer” engine. This car has now (in one form or another) being in constant production which makes it a 44 year old car (obviously it has been updated with the time).

More recently, Porsche have introduced the Boxster (1996 – Present) the Cayenne (2002 – Present) the Cayman (2005 – Present) and the “Hypercar” Carrera GT (2004 – 2006). In 2009 Porsche are releasing their luxury 4 door supercar, the Porsche Panamera.

Porsche have always had a close relationship with VW ever since designing the Beetle for them in 1945. However, in September 2008, Porsche bought the final few shares they needed to gain control over VW. This was mainly an investment in VW as the large German car manufacturer is suffering with financial problems. One benefit of the take over however was VW rising popularity in the growing Chinese market, something which Porsche will hope to exploit to regain some of its money.

Porsche 917 Race Car
Porsche 917 Race Car

10 - '959' ( 1986–1989 )

The 959 was a late 80's legend and became wall decoration for many small boys rooms around the world. It was based on the current production 911. Designed and built as Group B rally car it was built as a 4 wheel drive car (which was the original platform for the Carrera 4) and 200 (although the actual final figure was 337) had to be built to take it racing. The 959 was powered by a 450bhp twin turbo 2.8l flat 6 engine which topped out at 197mph. They were some problems though, it was a very expensive car to produce. The engine and gearbox with its expensive turbo system, and the expensive 'zero lift' body work meant that all 283 cars that were sold cost more to produce than they sold them for. On the modern market, expect to pay upwards of $250,000 for a good condition car, and with only a small number still existing, expect them all to be in perfect condition.

Porsche 959
Porsche 959

9 - '911 (993) Turbo' (1995-1998)

The 911 (993) was another in the Porsche arsenal that boasted twin turbo power. This time in a 3.6l flat 6 producing 400bhp and topping out between 180 and 188mph (depending on model). The 993 Turbo was also the only turbo to use a 4 wheel drive system (similar but less expensive version of the 959's system) to help control the power round bends. The car also featured a clever engine management system which improved the Turbo's terrible fuel efficiency. This is the car that gave the 911 the “killer” tag line as many wealthy bankers in the UK underestimated the power and subsequently died. A good example 993 turbo will set you back approx £35,000 ($65,000) and Porsche can still supply you with power upgrade kits for them!

Porsche 911 (993) Turbo
Porsche 911 (993) Turbo

8 - '911 Carrera RS' (1973 – 1974)

Arguably the greatest 911 ever produced. The 1973 RS (Rennsport, German for motor sport) was again produced to meet racing criteria and was basically a race specification 911 S. Using a larger engine (2.7l flat 6) to produce 207bhp (up 17 on the S) and force it up to a top speed of over 170 mph. The car also featured larger brakes, wider rear arches, a new lightweight body and re-worked suspension to prepare it for the track. Interestingly, all current 'track cars' produced by Porsche still hole the RS logo. If you can find one of the 1580 that were originally produced, expect to pay around £10,000 ($18,000) which seems like a bargain!

1973 Porsche 911 RS
1973 Porsche 911 RS

7 - '924 S2 (1976 – 1986)

Many purist Porsche fans will not appreciate the 924 being in this list. Like the 944 and 968 that proceeded it. This is down to the un-Porsche like front engined rear wheel drive layout being adopted. The reason Porsche adopted this approach was to keep costs down. This resulted in a new 'budget' Porsche range which in some special edition versions often gave the 911 a run for its money. These cars kept the cash flowing when Porsche needed it the most and as a result maybe collectively the most important cars ever produced, for without them Porsche may have gone bust. Using the smaller 2.0 and 2.5l water-cooled I4 (an Audi engine), the 924 was a cheap sports car with an impressive top speed of 142mph. These 'budget' Porsche's are still popular today due to their low price of around £1000 (£1800)

Porsche 924 S2
Porsche 924 S2

6 - ' Cayenne' (2002 – Present)

In 2005 Porsche released the Cayenne. This monster of a SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) was a response from Porsche to the rise in popularity for the 'Chelsea Tractor' during the start of the new millennium. The car was powered by either a 3.2l or 4.2l V8 with power ranging from 250bhp to a staggering 521bhp (the Turbo S) and the new face lifted version produces 550bhp! The reviews of the Cayenne were a mixed bunch. Most reporters say it's a fabulous car with one drawback. Its ugly. It is, you can't deny it but it is a very popular car on the roads. A good example of a Cayenne £30,000 ($54,000)

Porsche Cayenne Towing a 1973 911 RS
Porsche Cayenne Towing a 1973 911 RS

5 - 'Cayman S' (2005 – Present)

The Cayman S is the newest of the Porsche range and is basically a Boxster Coupé (hard roof). Using the same 3.4l Boxer engine producing 295bhp helping it reach its top speed of 171mph. The main advantage of the Cayman over its Boxster sister is the extra stiffness the roof adds. This car feels sharper and better round corners and some will say far better looking than the Boxster. As this is a relatively new car produced by Porsche, some might argue for not involving it. Take a test drive, then come back and argue against it. A good Cayman S will cost you about £30,000 ($54,000 )

Porsche Cayman S
Porsche Cayman S

4 – 'Boxster' (1996 -Present)

The Boxster, like the Cayman differed from the classic rear engined 911 and opted for a mid mounted rear wheel drive lay out to help with balance and steering. Starting out with a 2.5l and 3.2l flat 6 (recently the 2.5 was replaced with a 2.7l) producing up to 260bhp. It was designed to make some money (like the 924,944 and 968) to help find the Carrera GT project. It turned out to be a fantastic car to drive for little money. Some say the car has always lacked power so as to not upset sales of its 911 big brother. Yet with a top speed of 155mph it is no slow car. Prices start from £10,000 ($18,000) for a good condition model, but early versions can be found cheaper.

Porsche Boxster
Porsche Boxster

3 – '550 Spyder' (1953 – 1956)

The 550 Spyder was originally designed as a race car but some road models were produced. It used a small 1.5l 4 cylinder engine producing just 110bhp. However, the car only weight 612kg which resulted in a power to weight ratio of 180bhp/tonne which is about the same as a modern day hot hatchback. This may not sound like much but in the mid 50's was a very fast car. The 2 most important things to know about the car, was in 1956 it gave Porsche its first ever out right win in a motor race. And on the 30th of September 1955, James Dean was killed in a road traffic accident driving his "Little Bastard" 550 Spyder. Examples are incredibly rare and fetch hundreds of thousand of dollars at auctions. Replica cars will set you back £15,000 ($27,000) or you could build it yourself for less.

Porsche 550 Spyder RS
Porsche 550 Spyder RS

2 - '911 S (997)' (2004 – Present)

The current 911 is as you may expect, the fastest 911 in standard form. Porsche have been tweaking their rear engined rear wheel drive format for over 40 years now, so you know this car has pedigree. The S model is powered by a 355bhp 3.8l flat 6 engine which is good for 182mph. This is the baby Porsche and the cheapest route to owning a 911 but its also incredibly quick and perfect to drive. Some say its lost the beast that was the early cars handling. Others say its become a fine piece of precision engineering, maybe a little of both, but a great car. Available from £55,000 ($95,000)

Porsche 911 S (997)
Porsche 911 S (997)

1 – 'Carrera GT' (2004 – 2006)

This is Porsche's “Hypercar”. Unsurprisingly the Carrera GT was designed as a race car, but halfway through development, the rules changed and it was ruled out. Porsche decided it wouldn't waste its time and money so developed it as a road going “Hypercar” for general release. Powered by a 612bhp 5.7l V10 and constructed out of expensive yet strong carbon fibre, the Carrera GT really is the new age version of the 959. Adorning many a bedroom wall for young boys (and some very grown ones!) The noise this car makes has to be heard to be believed. Originally this was a £300,000 ($540,000) car, but in today's markets, you can find them for around £200,000 (360,000)

Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT

What Comes Next

Porsche Panamera (2009)

Due to be launched in 2009, the Porsche Panamera follows on from the Cayenne in being a slightly odd car. Its a 4 door supercar. Equipped with the same engine as the Cayenne and with a totally new chassis, the Panamera promises to be a luxury 4 door supercar for the 911 owner who wants more seats. Little is really known about the car as Porsche intent on keeping is as secret as possible. Prices are expected to start at over £100,000 ($180,000) when its released next year.

2009 Porsche Panamera Spy Shot
2009 Porsche Panamera Spy Shot

Conclusion

For over 60 years have been producing these stunning cars for our driving pleasure. This list will not be to everyone's opinion, and yes there are cars missing. So what's your opinion, does the Carrera GT deserve to be the number one? Or is it just wrong that the Cayenne is even in the list? Why not have your say in the comments?

Do you agree with the top 10?

  • Yes
  • No - Please leave a comment
See results without voting

More by this Author

  • Top 10: Fastest Nurburgring Laps. (Production Cars)
    61

    The Nordschleife or Nurburgring as it is more commonly known is possibly the most well known and respected race track in the whole world.Situated in the mountains of Germany, the track dates back to the...

  • Top 50: Fastest Cars
    412

    The top 50 fastest production cars in the world. Do you know which is the fastest?

  • Top 10 Kit Cars
    23

    Looking for something a bit more unique? If you have already been bitten by the kit car bug, or you're thinking of taking the plunge, take a look at these, the best kits cars in the world.


Comments 46 comments

Ryan Hupfer profile image

Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Wow....now THIS is an awesome answer to my Request! Amazing work, whoartnow...keep it up!


WHoArtNow profile image

WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK Author

Thanks a lot, means a great deal, especially from staff!


Whitney05 profile image

Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

That Porsche Cayman is sweet!


WHoArtNow profile image

WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK Author

Lol, it is Whitney,my step brother has one in white, sooooo sexy!


sherlynavia 8 years ago from United States

Great hub! Porsches are very popular car producers. Nice images.


chloesdad profile image

chloesdad 8 years ago from Newington NH

Such beautiful machines!


compu-smart profile image

compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

These cars are awsome!! I must work harder if i want some of them!;)


WHoArtNow profile image

WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK Author

lol My sentements exactly compu, I work hard so that one day I might have the possibility of wrapping one of these fiine cars around a large Oak tree. Hey, we all have to die, might as well be at 100mph in a piece of true quality engineering!


earnestshub profile image

earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Did you miss the 928?


WHoArtNow profile image

WHoArtNow 7 years ago from Leicester, UK Author

Yeah, and the 944, they are great cars, but sadly just missed out on the top 10.


Gone to Maui 7 years ago

What no 928??? My black 1990 928 GTS should surly be on that list. We just can't get any respect...


WHoArtNow profile image

WHoArtNow 7 years ago from Leicester, UK Author

@Maui - Nothing against the 928, I've had one myself, lovely car, but not the most popular.


Tag Carrera 7 years ago

I love the Porsche Cayman models. That black one at the top is simply stunning!


HarperSmith profile image

HarperSmith 7 years ago

Sweet hub, of course I love Porsches. Thanks


Jake91 profile image

Jake91 7 years ago

its all about carrera GT wow!


johnnyfr profile image

johnnyfr 6 years ago from Ormskirk, Lancashire

One day, they will all be in my garage!!!

Brilliant hub!


anonymous  6 years ago

the porsche carrera gt is the best car in the world/porsche are the best car makers in the world


ab420 profile image

ab420 6 years ago from MA, USA

Great work, I'm a huge Porsche fan! The Carrera GT is just amazing!


ric 6 years ago

Love Porsche

The most fun I have ever had was with the 914. And a

914-6 handel better than any 911 I ever drove.....


GmaGoldie profile image

GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I fell in love last night - with a white 911 - it glowed. It was sunset and caught my eye and left me dreaming all night long.


Phil Hartman 6 years ago

Awesome hub! I don't think the Cayenne should be in here though. Porsches should not have 4 doors... It should be replaced with the 356, but then again, I'm partial to the 356.


Hailey Connor - Porsche 6 years ago

I have actually seen the "Porsche 550 Spyder RS" on the road. It's such a beauty!


Charlie III 6 years ago

Anyone saying the Cayenne should not be considered a Porsche, or a sporting Porsche obviously has not driven one. These out perform any of the 'cars' prior to the 993's. And do so with stunning ease. More importantly, Porsche is an engineering company first - any product they choose to design and produce WILL out perform others, or even its own predessors. Understanding 'Porsche' doesn't happen with the first drive. About 6 months "the moment comes". You will be changed forever more.


iphonecarkit profile image

iphonecarkit 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I read in a car mag that the Porsche Cayman could easily beat the 911 on the track if it was given the same horsepower. Because the 911 is the Porsche flagship it was given a watered down engine like the Boxster. I'd like to see a Cayman souped up and put to the test.


Jamie K 6 years ago

Excellent choice of Porsches although I am not a big fan of the Cayenne. Id replace that with an older classic model.


rodramsey 6 years ago

Any old way you look at Porsches - they are works of art!


th1981 profile image

th1981 6 years ago from North Carolina

I had 924s and 944s when i was younger and i would not consider them "true" Porsches. Most of that list is spot on though. The 959 is closer to the top IMO, the 550 is probably the most "collectible" but i wouldn't say popular, many have no idea what it even is. The 70's RS, again collectible and well known however would consider it popular.

Now if i was to reorder this list it would be this:

10. Boxter - Im not a fan but it is very popular

9. 964 Not a true connoisseur Porsche but still popular

8. 928 we have to include the only V8 Porsche

7. 85-89 Slant Nose

6. Cayenne

5. 911S

4. 993 Turbo

3.Carrera GT

2.92 911 Turbo S even only 80 of these were built, when people think of Porsche this is the car many of us had posters of growing up. Completely iconic car.

1. 959 no reason needed on this one.

Of course this is just my opinion and many would disagree.


I am DB Cooper profile image

I am DB Cooper 5 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

The 911 RS is my favorite. What a great hub!


Tetrabrick 5 years ago

I miss the 997 turbo S, GT3 RS, and of course, the 911 GT2 RS.


Dan 5 years ago

Interesting reading, however for me, the Porsche 993 Carrera S is the best looking 911 ever.

This is a wicked motor, the one that I have is Black metallic with black leather, leather seat trim, Radio/CD, no rear wiper, it looks better without it.

Electric sunroof, ABS, adjustable seats, air conditioning, alloy wheels, anti theft system, central locking, computer, driver airbag, electric mirrors,

electric windows, foglights, headlight washers, leather seats, passenger airbag, power assisted steering, spoiler and tinted glass.

Respect!


porsche_reg 5 years ago

I have a '79 924 na (dad was first owner) and a 997.1 c2. In terms of platform, the 924 is better; once going. Obviously the 997.1 out powers the 924 in every way, and is 30 years newer, however I still enjoy the 924 for what it is.


tremulant 5 years ago

I appreciate that this list is a matter of opinion, however you got a lot wrong. A Cayenne in a list of top 10 Porsche's ever made? No, no, no!

10.Carrera GT - Porsche's modern supercar

9. 997 GT2 RS - Nurburgring hypercar beater

8. 986 Boxster S - how Porsche does mid engined

7. 356 - the first proper Porsche

6. 997 GT3 - the ultimate daily driver & track car combined

5. 550 spyder - first Porsche race car

4. 993 Turbo S - last of the air cooled, perfect shape

3. 73' 911 RS - lightweight racecar for the road

2. 959 - the original 'supercar' that we see so many of today

1. 917 - the undisputed king of closed body race cars


mia 4 years ago

I had several Porsche during my 50 years of driving and they are all fast with great handling but none of them sounded better than my 928 gts with enough room for a 10 speed bike doing 170 mph.


c man 4 years ago

God bless porsche


Phil Plummer 4 years ago

As a Porsche owner and having experience & being familiar with the model line mecanicaly, It is inadiquate to limit Porsche to a selection of "top 10" The models chosen were of exceptional merit but one should include at least top 15 for a mark as accomplised and in many cases over engineered -Despite some issues as 2.7 heads, chain tensioners and pop off air boxes on earlier models the Porche Mark deserves at least 15 noteworthy models.

Cayman Rush?? 550 spyder?? A few 916 that were made with a 2.4 or with a 2.7??


Phil Plummer 4 years ago

Opps I added 550 with a question mark I ment to add:

the 944 turbo? also No mention Of 928 there are also many 911 derivatives that could have been added the ranking is propbly the best on the net though as it did include 959 and careera GT


Paul 4 years ago

where is the Carrera 3.2?


aj 4 years ago

i think for a reason that the cavenne and the spider are a waste of beautiful time! the porsche gt3 is a great car and awesome to drive in!!!! and the porsche carrera 3.2 is an outrages car please put them on the list i mean duh!!!!!????.......


TotalHealth profile image

TotalHealth 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

Nice hub. Love the Carrera GT! And check out the new Boxter S: http://www.porsche.com/usa/models/boxster/boxster-...


RolyRetro profile image

RolyRetro 4 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

Great hub but the 356 needs to be included in any top 10 list. I am happy that my car made it to number 2! My 997 Carrera 2S is my pride and joy and I wouldn't exchange it for anything, except perhaps a new 991, I better get saving.


PROPHET OF GODDESS 4 years ago

You are frustrated, sad and lonely, and sometimes you feel nobody cares. If you feel you are stuck in the wilderness in a situation that appears hopeless, you should know that you're not the only person this has happened to. And there is something you can do about it! Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and it appears whatever they do, they can't get out of the quagmire. If this describes you, don't give up. The situation is not hopeless. The prophet of goddess spells can turn things around for you,be it lost love,make someone sexually attracted to you,lose weight,stop smoking,get a promotion or raise or come into huge money,alter your future to bring forth happiness and success. Email me today for a better life on prophetofgoddess@yahoo.com or view my website on www.prophetofgoddess.com.


RML 4 years ago

is this list based on sales?! Even ignoring all the race cars like 956 and 962 - C'mon a 96 Boxster or Cayenne over a 3.2 Carrera, 914-6, 930 is bogus. Chain tensioners may have been an issue with engines like the 3.0 but what about rear main seals on later cars and plastic plumbing that leaked on Cayennes until they fixed it in 2008!


Pkittock profile image

Pkittock 4 years ago from Minnesota

Hmm I have a few issues with this list. For one, it seems to be very modern-car heavy with inclusions such as the cayman, boxster, and cayenne. In addition, you included the 924, which had a much weaker engine and slower package than the 944 that followed it. I would put the 993 in the top five for sure, and bring the 959 up higher. As the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993 is the purist's dream. For this reason, 993's will sell used for MORE than the newer 996 Carreras. Drop the cayenne, boxster, 924, and cayman, and add the 944 Turbo, 930, 356, and 997 GT3(RS). Overall a good list, but not perfect. Thanks for posting!


Permantier,M 4 years ago

Excellent article but left out was the Bulletproof 1983 3.0, 911 SC and the 1983 Cabriolet. Porsche did get it with the last of the 5th generation of the 911. I also think that the 914 is just a real fun car that should have also been mentioned. I agree it is a great list but I feel that all Porsche's are a legend in themselves!


Wildcat 3 years ago

I believe, once Porsche (also Volkswagen) stopped using air cooled engines, the cars should not be called Porsche (and Volkswagen), because they are no longer what made them.


Chris. R. 16 months ago

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working