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3 Types of Porsche Cars: From New Electrics to the 911

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3 Types of Porsche Cars: From New Electrics to the 911

Today, we’re talking all about the most iconic Porsche cars, from the company’s earliest experiments to their modern masterpieces.

Most people probably know these cars best for their looks. The 911’s curved frame and classy spoiler are iconic. When it comes to aesthetics, it seems that Porsche always manages to simultaneously be timeless, fit right in with the times, and demonstrate forward-looking innovation. 

Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about some of Porsche’s most popular offerings. We’ll start with the luxury brand’s impressive suite of sports cars, then delve into the maker’s adventure-friendly SUVs, and end with perhaps the most exciting component of all: the Porsche EV. 

Porsche Cars: Overview

If you’ve been lucky enough to drive a Porsche, though, you might know that these cars have far more going for them than looks alone. All Porsches boast best-in-class precision steering, expertly engineered suspension systems, and—of course—thrilling acceleration.

Plus, these days, practically all Porsche models come pre-equipped with turbo systems. This may come as a surprise, but even though Porsches emphasizes sporty rides, they’re also known for incredibly low depreciation and high reliability.

In fact, the 911 has the lowest depreciation rate among all sports cars. More impressive still, 70% of all Porsches ever built are still being driven on the road. 

Founded in Germany in 1931, Porsche, a luxury car manufacturer, has built a lasting reputation for leading the pack in making some of the most stunning and fun-to-drive models on the road. 

Porsche cars
The Porsche 356 Convertible is one of the company’s earliest mass-market sports cars.

Since the opening of the 21st century, Porsche has expanded its lineup to include not only luxury sports cars and sedans but also, equally, luxurious brands of SUVs. 

That’s not all that’s new, though. Most recently, Porsche has also entered the ballooning electric vehicle market with its all-electric Taycan.

On top of initiatives like committing to recycling materials where possible, and offering hybrid options to existing models, this new EV easily represents Porsche’s most impactful move towards decarbonization. 

We’re going to break down the different types of Porsche cars into three categories: Sports, SUV, and EV. Then we’ll take a look at individual models that fit under each type.

Sports

There’s no question about it: Porsche has long been known for delivering some of the world’s best luxury sports cars. Regardless of which of these sports cars tickle your fancy, expect a comfortable cabin, zippy acceleration, and responsive steering.  

Boxster

Starting at $72,050

Officially the 718 Porsche Boxster, this mid-engine sports car packs a surprising amount of capability even at just mid-engine performance. At a minimum, the Boxster delivers turbo four-cylinder action and 300 horsepower. The more expensive editions, meanwhile, offer six cylinders and up to 493 horsepower. 

For the 2024 release, Porsche has added a Style Edition model that, for about an extra five grand, gives you 20-inch wheels, hood and door graphics, uniquely designed floormats, and a flashy new paint color. 

At maximum, the Boxster yields about 33 highway mpg, which is pretty impressive given that it’s a sports car. 

Alas, don’t expect much out of the Boxster in terms of safety features. Apart from the Boxster coming standard with a backup camera and parking sensors, it’s not exactly decked out with driver-assistance tech. 

Though this sweet-looking two-door convertible gets pretty pricey, it’s fortunate that even the base model boasts the same responsive steering and effective balancing that you see with the more expensive editions. Apart from sacrificing some horsepower, it seems that most consumers would be plenty satisfied with the “cheaper” version of the Boxster. 

Cayman

Starting at $93,850

The Cayman is the coupe version of Porsche’s 718 Boxster, so you get the same best-in-class sports car handling and acceleration, but with a somewhat more comfortable interior. Sure, the cabin probably has more plastic than should be permissible in a luxury car, but you might not notice this faux pas when you’re sitting in the comfortable leather seats while burning rubber down the highway. 

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The nameplate Cayman is an alternative spelling of caiman, a member of the alligator family.

As with the Boxster, the Cayman comes with a generally acceptable, user-friendly infotainment system. It’s unfortunate that Wi-Fi hotspots and built-in navigation don’t come standard, but the new Porsches do at least come pre-loaded with Apple CarPlay these days. True audiophiles can also upgrade to a Bose sound system if desired. 

Panamera

Starting at $93,850

The Porsche 911, but in sedan form. It’s almost that simple, but the Panamera doesn’t quite deliver the same level of power you see in the iconic 911. However, for people who want a Porsche sports car and need the extra seating, the Panamera can’t be beat. 

This four-door powerhouse comes standard with a 325-horsepower turbocharged V-6 engine. For a “few” dollars more, you can get 440-hp twin-turbo V-6, PLUS all-wheel drive. As such, if you can afford a Panamera to begin with, you might as well shell out an extra $19k for the Panamera 4S. 

The Panamera 2023 hasn’t changed much since the line underwent a big overhaul in 2021, except for one major caveat: adaptive cruise control now comes standard. In terms of other smart driving features, the Panamera also keeps you in good hands with lane-keeping assist.

Unfortunately, if you want a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring, you’ll have to pay extra. 

As far as fuel economy goes, you get 18 city mpg and 24 highway mpg. If that’s too low of a number for you, we’ve got good news: the Panamera is also available as an “E-Hybrid,” meaning you can burn through an all-electric engine before reverting to the gas in your tank. 

Porsche 911

Starting at $107,550

Hands down, this classic is Porsche’s most successful model, and with good reason. The 911 succeeds on practically every driving benchmark. In particular, it remains the standard-bearer when it comes to steering. 

If you’re wondering how it can possibly start out so expensive, consider the performance metrics. Even with the base model, you still get twin-turbo flat-six engines with up to 473 horsepower. And since it boasts one of the best self-shifting gearboxes in the world, this is probably your best option if you want to go fast but can’t drive a manual transmission. 

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The Porsche 911 has retained its iconic rear-engine design for over 50 years.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also make special note of the 911’s appearance, because when we talk about the timeless quality of Porsche designs, we’re thinking most of all about the 911. The 2023 version has that easily identifiable wide, snub-nosed front that’s always been associated with Porsches.

At the same time, the smooth contours of this coupe’s exterior place it squarely in the style of the new ‘20s. Beyond looks and performance, though, what might make the 911 most competitive of all is how well it lends itself to daily use.

This isn’t your typical sports car that compromises on comfort so that it can deliver the best drive possible. No, even with all its racing power, the suspension system allows the 911 to keep passengers plenty comfortable within the cabin. 

SUVs

In 2002, Porsche entered the SUV world with its Cayenne model, the first four-door car it ever made—and the first time they’d made a vehicle with off-road capabilities since the 1950s.  

A little over twenty years later, Porsche is still going strong with its SUV concepts. Thanks to a few key models, they show no signs of abandoning what’s proven to be a successful pivot into a new market. 

Cayenne

Starting at $80,850

The Cayenne, even more so than the Panamera, stands as proof of Porsche’s ability to package sports-car performance in a family-friendly vehicle. This isn’t to say you have to use that extra cabin space to seat two or three children. It could instead act as extra storage space to cater to your luxury offroad adventure needs. 

Though the Cayenne’s main benefit, when compared to other Porsches, is its ample people and cargo space, it’s fortunate that this SUV still drives very much like any other Porsche. The twin-turbo V8 engine means that even though it’s a bigger car, it still packs plenty of acceleration and boasts 348 horsepower at minimum (468 hp if you get the Cayenne S trim). 

All that heft and horsepower do come at the cost of good fuel economy. As of 2023, the Cayenne’s EPA rating was 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, and the 2024 model probably won’t be much different. 

These days, though, you can save on gas by opting for the Cayenne’s hybrid edition. The E-Hybrid Cayenne comes with a combination electric motor and twin-turbo V6 engine, thus giving you the speed of a gas-powered engine with an extra 25 miles of electric range. 

In terms of infotainment, the Cayenne sets itself apart from other Porsches by offering a dashboard-wide interactive screen (12.3 inches, to be exact). Plus, regardless of edition, every Cayenne comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and even allows video streaming on the passenger side. 

Macan

Starting at $58,950

Beginning in 2014, Porsche added the Macan to its SUV offerings. Apart from the obvious price differential, what makes the Macan distinct from the Cayenne? 

You might be surprised to learn that across most metrics, the Macan doesn’t necessarily represent a significant downgrade from the Cayenne. First, let’s consider performance. With regard to joyful acceleration, responsive steering, and adaptive suspension, the Macan absolutely succeeds in living up to Porsche’s high standards. 

This is especially true if you opt for the slightly pricier S model, which offers an upgraded twin-turbo V-6 engine capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. 

While it’s a pleasure to drive in most road conditions, the Macan does falter somewhat when it comes to the interior. The cabin is spacious, but not so compared to some of its rivals in the luxury SUV space. The seats could be more comfortable as well, and you only get leather in the interior if you pay an extra $2,230. 

Its infotainment disappoints too. USB ports and Apple CarPlay come standard, but you have to pay a hefty sum for any additional high-tech gadgetry. For whatever reason, no Macan trim allows for Android Auto, so if that’s a deal-breaker, you’ll for sure have to go for the Porsche Cayenne. 

An All-Electric Porsche 

Though providing some limited opportunities for hybrid engines in its lineup, Porsche has, for most of its history, by and large, eschewed carbon-free power. But with the company’s top brass now preaching the gospel of an eco-friendlier future, that’s all about to change. Beginning this decade, Porsche has finally gone electric. 

Taycan

Starting at $88,150

Porsche’s first all-electric model, the Taycan, is a sporty luxury sedan that delivers driving joy in spades. Depending on the trim you choose, the Taycan’s powertrain produces anywhere from 402 to 750 horsepower and hits 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds — or 2.4 with the Turbo S edition.

Not bad for an EV. Not bad for any car, really. 

On top of its acceleration, the precision steering and excellent balance make the Taycan a standout sports EV. Plus, there are few electric cars on the market today that can be this much of a pleasure to drive while also delivering optimal comfort in the cabin.

In addition to enjoying a smooth ride, passengers will also delight at the front and back infotainment options, which include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enablement. 

Porsche Taycan Turbo S
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is an impressive sports car, reaching 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds!

If you thought Porsche could make all of this work while also delivering impressive battery range, sadly, you’re mistaken. Compared to Tesla, a major competitor here, the Taycan fails to meet ever-increasing consumer expectations.

Depending on the battery size and motor you go with, you’ll only get between 206 and 246 miles of range. 

Though it lacks the same range as the Tesla, you could easily argue that the Taycan more than makes up for this deficiency by offering the most thrilling ride that EVs are capable of at the moment. Its steering wheel is more conventional, too. 

We should also note that while we’ve been discussing the Taycan as a sedan, Porsche does offer a wagon edition of this model. While not quite as roomy as an SUV, the Taycan Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo are viable options for people who need more room in the interior than the standard Taycan provides. 

The wagon version of the Taycan looks just as good and drives just as effectively as the sedan, but it does come at a higher price: $99,150 to start. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When was Porsche founded?

Porsche was founded in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1931.

What car is the poor man's Porsche?

The Chevy Corvair was first touted as the “poor man’s Porsche” back in the 1960s. Since then, there have been plenty of budget-friendly competitors to the Porsche. The Mazda Miata is often hailed as a sporty alternative to a Porsche roadster. If you want the cheapest model out of Porsche’s lineup, you would be best served by an early 2000s Boxster. Depending on your market, you can often find one of these for around $10k.

How much is the cheapest Porsche car?

The cheapest new Porsche is likely the Macan, which runs in the high $50 to $60k range. You can often find a used Porsche for a significant bargain. Early 2000s Boxsters and Cayennes are very reasonable, although you might want to be weary of maintenance costs.

How many types of Porsches are there?

Although we only covered the most popular models here, there are almost 100 different models and trims that Porsche has produced over the decades.

What is the most popular Porsche?

The Porsche 911 is undoubtedly the most popular model the company has ever produced. It has been an iconic sports car since it debuted over 50 years ago, and even today boasts impressive sales figures.

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