Every Porsche Sports Car You Should Know

Porsche has a rich history of stylish sports cars—but there’s more to this German-engineered speedster than shocking quarter-mile times.
Written by Max Werner
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Jun 16, 2022
When Porsche entered the automotive scene in 1948, it set out to do one thing: create thoroughly modern yet timeless sports cars. Vehicles like the Boxster, 955, and coveted 911 are both testaments to Porsche’s success and the phrase: The more things change the more things stay the same
Porsche sports cars may be going on 70 now, but little has changed about their classic design—except for updates to expertly engineered engines. While many sports car manufacturers battle over curb appeal, Porsche is known for visceral driving experiences that let the vehicle speak for itself. Any car can go fast, but very few (if any) handle like a Porsche. 
It’s no wonder so many Porsche drivers have trouble returning to other vehicles—and using their sports car as a daily driver. Some choose to elevate their family-driving experiences with the
Cayenne
or
Macan
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Does Porsche make sports cars?

Porsche doesn’t just make sports cars—they’re known for it. Slick, low-to-the-ground options like the 911, Boxster, and Carrera are this automaker's bread-and-butter. However, SUVs like the
Macan
and
Cayenne
retain the speed and precision of their smaller counterparts.
Here’s a closer look at Porsche’s current (and most popular) sports car lineup.

2022 Porsche 718 Boxster

It’s hard to be lightweight and still look mean—but, somehow, the
2022 Porsche 718 Boxster
pulls it off. Well, not exactly somehow. The 2022 edition is the newest blood in a long line of Boxsters, Porsche’s answer to the age-old question: 
“I’d like the power of 394 horses, but don’t want to sell my house just yet.”
For a $68,000 starting price, the Boxster is a surprisingly good deal, including a 2.0-liter Turbocharged Boxer 4 engine, 4.2 seconds 0-60 mph time, and 170 mph top speed, all wrapped in a 3,000 lb package. And trim upgrades, like the BoxsterT,
BoxsterS
, and GTS 4.0 give even more tantalizing statistics. If we’re being honest, though, you gotta go convertible.
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2022 Porsche Taycan

All power, no pump. The 2022 Porsche Taycan is a third-generation, fully electric sports car that, for some incredible reason, retains the speed and acceleration Porsche drivers know and love. Car and Driver rated the battery-powered track star a 9 out of 10, leveraging a few small complaints about charging range and affordability.
Starting at $84,050, the Taycan costs a pretty penny when compared to
Tesla's Model 3
and BMW i4. However, that steep asking price gets more reasonable when compared to sportier contemporaries like the
Audi RS e-Tron GT
, starting at $142,000, and the
Tesla Model S
, retailing for $99,990.
Looking to leave your neighbor in a plume of fumeless dust? You can’t go wrong with the 2022 Taycan. 

2022 Porsche 911

A 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a top speed of 182 mph, and a maximum of 379 horsepower. Why start with statistics? Because chances are you’re already familiar with the 911—the golden child of Porche’s sport’s car lineup.
The
Porsche 911
, at any trim level, has speed, style, and classic appeal. It's the ultimate sports car for any auto-enthusiast and the perfect driving machine for chasing new track records or making a quick run to the grocery store.
However, the 2022 911 did arrive with a few tricks up its perfectly sculpted sleeves. For one, it introduced the track-ready and comfort-prepped GTS trim. The 2022 edition also comes with a range of improved connectivity features—like support for Apple Carplay and Android Auto
Key Takeaway Assisted by the S-trim’s launch control mode, the 2022 Porsche 911 GTS coupe can reach 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. We at Jerry recommend that you hold on tight!

A history of the Porsche sports car

Porsches are some of the most timeless sports cars in the world—but they still had to start somewhere. Zuffenhuasen, Germany, to be exact. From humble 365s to partially-electric Panameras, here’s a rough outline of the most fateful moments in Porche’s sports car history.
1948: Porsche unveils its first car, the 356, at a European auto show. The 356 was the modern evolution of Ferdinand Porsche’s original sports car design unveiled during the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The company hand-builds 52 cars in the Austrian garage to meet demand.
1956: The 10,000th Porsche is built, marking the early days of Porsche’s success and cementing the brand. The most popular model is the Carrera, a 100-horsepower sports coupe.
1963: Meet the 911. Porsche unveils its now-classic sports superstar to the world. The original 911 is powered by a 130-horsepower2.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Annual Porsche production surpasses 11,000.
1971: Steve McQueen stars in “Le Mans,” a Grand-Prix epic. Steve’s co-star: A Porsche 917, seen throughout the movie. This is a huge moment for Porsche pop culture—the 917 fared well in actual Le Mans too, helping Gijs van Lennep and Helmet Marko win the 1971 classic.
1984: Porsche establishes a new United States headquarters in Reno, Nevada. The 911 briefly switches names to the Carrerra. Porsche America went public the same year.
1995: The 968—Porche’s speedier cousin of the 944 and 928—is discontinued. This marks the final front-engine model Porsche ever produced.
2009: The
Panamera
is announced—Porsche's first new design in about a decade. The Panamera is announced as Porsche's first four-down sports sedan. It ships with a 400-horsepower 4.8-liter V8 engine on the base model.  
2019: The Taycan, Porsche’s first fully-electric sports car, makes its worldwide debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Taycan was well received at launch and would continue to double sales figures (even surpassing the 911) in the years that followed.

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