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Porsche supercars

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0700

By Tim Pollard

29 July 2008 18:00

For a company that specialises in more accessible sports cars, Porsche has grade A provenance in the supercar sector. The original '70s 911 Turbo was a prescient car, proving that Zuffenhausen had the expertise to mix it with the big boys from Modena. And so it proved, as the 911 gave way to 959 and from there to the latter-day Carrera GT. Like Ferrari and McLaren, Porsche brings its track experience to bear in its supercars – with devastating results








Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Porsche 911 Turbo

 1974

£14,749

2994cc flat six, 260bhp, 253lb ft

6.0sec

155mph

For 

 Virtually nothing is as quick down a wet road as the current 
 car  

Against 

 Everything you've heard about the handling of early cars is an
 understatement

Verdict 

 Is it a true supercar? Drive one and try to deny it

 

What a transformation: the first 911 Turbos had terrifying handling, evil turbo-lag but only around 260bhp. Now power and grip are both vast and utterly consistent, but it's taken 33 years of development.

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

 1987

£145,000

2850cc flat six, 450bhp, 369lb ft

3.7sec

197mph

For 

 Electronics radically altered the supercar driving experience

Against 

 Could leave the driver feeling a little forgotten. Nick Faldo
 had one

Verdict 

 For the first time, brains were as important as brawn

 

Computers controlled the damping, the four-wheel drive and the 2.8-litre, 450bhp turbo six, and produced a scarcely believable 3.7-second 0-60 time. But modest Porsche left the 200mph boasting to Ferrari

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

 1996

£350,000

3220cc flat six, 544bhp, 442lb ft

3.6sec

192mph

For 

 This is no open-top Carrera GT poser, but a proper supercar
 with Le Mans heritage 

Against 

 Unforgiving and not exactly user-friendly

Verdict 

 The ultimate Porsche, but not necessarily the best

Forget your 911s and Carrera GTs, because this was the ultimate race-develped Porsche. Built to satisfy GT1 regulations the street-legal versions featured sparse 993 interiors, steel brakes and tweaked suspension

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

2002

£273,000

5700cc V10, 612bhp, 435lb ft

3.9sec

205mph

For 

 Bespoke, Le Mans-derived 612bhp V10 engine 

Against 

 Slightly gawky, elasticated-Boxster styling

Verdict 

 Still good enough for loyalists to buy all 1270 at £317,000

 

Much-anticipated clean-sheet super-Porsche took four years to go from concept to production but failed to ignite our imaginations when it finally arrived; was overshadowed by a spate of more dramatic new supercars

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

 2007

 £131,070

 3600cc flat-six, 523bhp, 501lb ft

3.7 sec

204mph 

For 

 The fastest, most brutal 911 ever 

Against 

Verdict 


Less grip, less refinement and more power than the Turbo. Even more extreme than bonkers original but GT's solid ride and nuclear power delivery mean a GT3 RS is more exploitable on the road

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By Tim Pollard