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In 1934 Dr. Porsche was commissioned by the German government to design and build what became the Volkswagen (People’s Car) Beetle, a revolutionary car with an air-cooled engine at the back, but with World War Two car production was put on hold.
However, the two names came back together in 1948 when Porsche took VW parts to produce the 356, a two seater sports car. Light and agile, it was a sales and sporting success. In 1963 it unveiled the 911, a car so perfectly conceived that even over several generations and a switch from air to water cooled engines and vast increases in power, the essential layout can be seen in today’s Porsches.
Formerly known as the Cayman, this is the entry level car to Porsche’s sportscars and in the minds of many auto journalists, the nicest. About the same size as an Audi TT, the Porsche 718 has stand-out handling and steering unmatched by any other car in the class. It remains civilised enough to be used as a daily drive but is best experienced on a clear, twisty road where its chassis can be enjoyed to the maximum. It is Porsche’s smallest and cheapest car but also its most accessible.
No other sports car can trace its unbroken heritage back as far as the Porsche 911, which has morphed from a VW Beetle-derived roadster first seen more than 50 years ago into the supercar we know today. When even the slowest versions will get to 180 mph, you may ask how much more power and performance you need. The 911 has everything. It has the speed and handling that will please even the most demanding performance car driver, it has a generally good reputation for build quality and with so many of them having been produced over so many years there are some excellent second hand cars on the market.
The Macan is Porsche’s compact-sized SUV and a strong seller for the company. It may be an SUV with 4×4 overtones but it most certainly handles like a sports car and just as you would expect of a Porsche. Being part of the VW group, the Macan shares some of its components with cars from the Audi range but it feels distinctive and has a good range from the entry level car to the turbocharged models. Porsche describe the Macan as being the family car for those who want a two seater but need space for children.
The big Cayenne was Porsche’s first ever SUV and such a sales success that it pumped profits into it. Early ones had disappointing reliability, but those issues have long been ironed out and with more than 750,000 being sold since the first ones in 2002, it proves that Porsche has found a winning formula. It shares much of its chassis with the Bentley Bentayga luxury SUV (both companies are within the VW group) but is a fraction of the price. Wearing the Porsche badge, the Cayenne has always had to be a good and sporty performer by the standards of the class and it has never failed in that. What this latest generation adds is a much improved interior and new levels of luxury.
Another departure for Porsche, the Panamera is a big GT car designed to take four adults quickly and comfortably on long distances. It fits into the admittedly small slot in the market between full-on SUVs and saloon cars and as such has few genuine rivals. It is distinctly different to a four door saloon like an Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S Class or to a Range Rover.
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