The Porsche 911 is one of the most widely-recognized sports cars in history. The vehicle’s distinct body style is unmistakable and remains relatively unchanged since it first made its way to production in 1963. In fact, the Porsche 911 is so beloved by owners worldwide that the company has not been able to replace it with a newer model, despite multiple attempts
Known today as “America’s Favorite Sports Car,” the Porsche 911 is one of the most popular sports vehicles on the road today. Since it first became available in September of 1964, the Porsche 911 has routinely been a top-selling sports car.
In this post, we’ll explain how the Porsche 911 became the iconic sports car it is known to be today and also give you some other facts about the car’s history you might find interesting.
In the late 1950s, Porsche wanted to make a change from their popular 356, which was essentially the company’s only product. For a sports car at the time, the Porsche 356 was relatively pricey for the lack of power it produced, so the engineers designed the Porsche 911 with a top-of-the-line engine and unique sleek body design.
The original 1965 Porsche 911 was one of the highest-performing sports cars at the time with 130 horsepower and a zero to 60 mph of 7.0 seconds. Two decades later, Porsche 911s had 214 hp and could get to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. Whereas the original model sold for around $6,500 in 1965, the average Porsche 911 sold for over $50,000 in the late 1980s.
Today’s Porsche 911s share the same distinguishing body shape, with power far superior to the earlier models. The 2019 Porsche 911 boasts an impressive 370 to 580 hp, and while the official 0-60 mph has yet to be released, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been clocked at a mind-blowing 2.7 seconds.
Over the decades, the vehicle’s design has only been updated five times, creating six generations of the Porsche 911. The 911 is the most popular model of car in Porsche’s history, yet the company still manufactures all of its 911s in a single factory in Stuttgart, Germany. They also produce over 100 Porsche 911s each day.
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