Porsche 911 is one of the only models in the lineup which got the right to be called iconic. It was 1963 when it was showcased as the 901 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, but later when it went into production, the name 901 was replaced by the 911. Porsche didn’t know what will 911 turn out like in the coming decades, and I don’t need to explain to you guys how it turned out because from 1963 till 2023, Porsche sold 1.2 million 911s globally.
Not only tarmac, but the 911 is also a well known name in the world of Motorsports from WEC to Dakar, the 911 gave serious competition whenever it hit the track or dunes, and Porsche is one such car brand that uses race car technology in their road cars, for example, the extreme road legal 911s that is also meant to tackle every corner on a racetrack is the GT lineup of cars, which includes the GT3, GT3 RS, GT2 and the GT2 RS, these cars are meant to give you thrills of a Porsche racecar on a racetrack but also designed and functioned to be driven as a 911 on public roads.
Every generation of 911 is fast and quick in its way, but the most extreme of them all is the 911 Turbo, a car which is a 911 with a supercar or sometimes with hypercar level acceleration because every generation of the 911 Turbo is meant to be the fastest and the quickest in the lineup, the formula was simple with the Turbo S, take a naturally aspirated flat-6 which is slightly bigger in displacement slap on a big turbo or 2 on it and you got the 911 Turbo or the Turbo S, which can increase your heartbeat while launching it and clam you down at the same time while you are cruising on the highway.
Speaking of the extreme, in 2022, Porsche revealed the production version to pay tribute to the legendary 953 Gen 911, which was heavily reworked with a lift kit to compete in the Paris Dakar Rally in 1984, which they named the 911 Dakar, limited to only 2,500 units worldwide, and with that Porsche proved that their best road-going sports car is now the best car off the road as well. The 911 Dakar is a Carrera GTS, which has been raised by 60mm. Porsche also added 2 new modes, one being the “Rally” mode, which will send 80% power to the rear wheels for driving in the dunes, snow and mud, and the 2nd one is “Off-Road” mode, which will transfer power to all 4-wheels according to how tough the terrain. And that makes it the most extreme 911 ever on and off the road.
Well, in these 60 years, the Porsche 911 is one of the best sports cars that the world has ever seen, driven and appreciate, and one of the main reasons behind the success of the 911 is the connection between its engine and the driver, as every brand is moving towards the rout of electrification, Porsche has decided that every 911 that will roll out off the production line will be powered with an internal combustion engine by 2030, and rest of the Porsche lineup including the Macan, the 718 twins and the Cayenne will go completely electric by 2030, which will also make it the longest ICE powered Porsche model to exist till 2030.