The diversity of the sports car
Every Porsche is a sports car. True to this principle, the company began to think about a second series some five years after the debut of the 911. This gave rise to the concept of a reasonably-priced mid-engine sports car with four-cylinder and six-cylinder flat engines, which was realised from 1969 with components from and in collaboration with Volkswagen – the 914.
Even after the end of production of this model line, the idea lost nothing of its appeal. Porsche’s next project was to develop the 924, which went into series production from 1976. In 1977, its concept with transaxle gearboxes on the rear axle for optimised axle-load distribution was the basis for the first Gran Turismo from Porsche – the 928.
As the millionth Porsche rolled off the assembly line in 1996 – a 911, of course – Porsche was just beginning work on the Boxster, an innovative mid-engine sports car. Together with the classic 911, it became the key to the variety of sports cars that developed after the turn of the millennium. Sporting flair and everyday practicality, innovation and efficiency are the characteristics that have carried the Cayenne and the Macan into the SUV segment and the Panamera into the GT class. Like the 911, they offered the right solution at the right time. For a long time now, the Cayenne S Hybrid has far outsold the other alternatively powered vehicles in its segment. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is also setting new standards, representing the first time that a premium manufacturer has positioned a plug-in hybrid at the top of its model line.