By: Motor1.com, Editor
The Porsche 911 is considered amongst many auto aficionados as one of the greatest sports cars of the 20th century. From the original 911 of 1963, designed by Butzi Porsche, to the latest 996 incarnation, the basic shape still remains true after 5 platform changes and 40 years. This is a remarkable achievement that cannot be said for any other automobile. Its timeless design manages to captivate each consecutive generation of driving enthusiasts year after year. Like any high precision piece of machinery, the early models demanded close care and attention. Despite this, the 911 has been considered to be practical compared to many of its competitors even having 2 small seats in the rear. It wouldn't be uncommon to be on ski holiday in Austria during a snowstorm and see a 911 Turbo equipped with snow tires and skis mounted on rear. You would never see a Ferrari or Lamborghini in those conditions. The rear mounted air-cooled boxer type engine put weight over the rear wheels, providing good traction and unique handling characteristics that contributed to the 911's infamy. The headlights and flared rear arches with bulging wings gave the car a squatting, menacing stance like a leopard ready to pounce. Starting in 1993 with the 993 platform, technology was starting to define the 911 like never before. They added things like all-wheel-drive, traction control, six-speed transmission, on-board diagnostics and multi-link rear suspension, which yielded huge improvements and allowed cornering to be somewhat more predictable. Advanced electronics and turbo technology gave way to the 993 Turbo, which used all-wheel-drive and two turbos for the first time since the groundbreaking 959. Many people declared this 993 twin-turbo version with 408 HP and 398 ft/lbs of torque as the ultimate supercar in its day. Now boost that power by 50% to 600hp and you have our GermanCarFans.com feature car pictured above. Yes folks, you read correctly. 607 ponies to be exact and 602 ft/lbs of torque. We are talking McLaren F1 territory with handling and brakes to match, plus amazing traction to put all that power down to the road effectively. Slingshot, rocket ship, Scotty engage warp drive; this is the only way I can describe this type of acceleration, 0-60mph 3.2 seconds! 0-100 mph in 7.1 seconds! 0-130 MPH in 10 seconds!