Long before Porsche became luxury automobile manufacturer, it was more famous as sportscar manufacturer. It is almost like the heart of Porsche beats in a sportscar. Today the German manufacturer under its umbrella has four-door sedans, SUVs and also a station wagon which is under consideration. But there are certain models which are a distinct league in themselves. They range from a hybrid, a V10, a homologated racer, an AWD rally machine and two 911s which were completely rebuilt by independent manufacturers.
- 918 Spyder: A concept which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show will be finally hitting the markets. It is a part of a new generation of hybrid cars with 4.8-liter V8 engine coupled to a pair of electric motors. This ensures delivery of 800 horsepower upwards. It is expected to go down as the fastest vehicle ever to roll out the gates at Zuffenhausen.
- Carrera GT: Marking its launch in 2004, the Carrera GT comes packed with a unique 5.7-liter V10 engine fitted in the middle of its carbon monocoque chassis. It delivers 612 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Handling this beauty isn’t an easy job. But once in expert hands, it can accelerate to 60 in 3.6 seconds and on to a 205mph top speed.
- 911 GT1: It was among the most extreme Porsche supercars by successfully passing 47 endurance races. This also includes the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. It featured a 3.2-liter twin-turbo flat six which was slightly detuned to 537 horsepower. It could reach 62 in 3.9 seconds and a 191 mph top speed.
- 959: Although a Group B rally car, it was one of the most sought-after models by collectors like Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. Reports suggest that Gates and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen successfully lobbied for a special law to get the 959 enter their country. Talking of its on road capabilities, the 959 was the fastest and most technologically advanced car ever made. It packed an advanced all-wheel drive system and a twin-turbo flat six with 444 horsepower to drive it to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a 195mph top speed.
- 9ff GT9, RUF CTR3: Based on the 911 but a work of art by independent manufacturers, these two models are simply breathtaking. While the 9ff GT9 was fitted with a 997-gen GT3 which was extensively rebuilt with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo flat six sitting in the middle of its bespoke chassis. The RUF CTR3 was packed with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six. The 9ff GT9 delivered around 1,000 horsepower to reach a 254mph top speed and RUF CTR3 with 691 hp went upto 233mph top end. There two models are extremely rare and priced at around half a million.
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