Let there be no mistake: When it comes to sports cars, there are few better than a Porsche.
In fact, take a moment and try to name one company that serves as a direct competitor to Stuttgart.
While individual Porsche models certainly have a slew of competition, the company as a whole is pretty unique.
Porsches are some of the best handling cars in the world and, even without class-leading horsepower, are among the fastest in their respective classes. Many models are priced well below Ferrari levels, though if buyers choose, prices can quickly ascend to supercar heights.
Porsche’s styling may not be for everyone, and its trademark flat six may not be music to everyone’s ears, but for many others, a Porsche is as close to automotive perfection as humanity will ever get.
And now there are four more examples of Porsche perfection on the way.
Autoblog reports that a new flagship model will slot above the 911 and be called the Porsche 961. Based on the 918 Spyder, the 961 will be a 600-hp V8-powered hybrid electric coupe that should debut in 2013.
The Porsche Cayman is essentially a coupe version of the legendary Boxster. While not a huge seller, enthusiasts love it for its midengine layout and fixed roof. They’ll love it even more once the 2012 Cayman S Black Edition comes out. In addition to a bump in horsepower to 330, the Black Edition will come in a completely black finish, including the interior, wheels, grille, tail pipes, and even the badging. Only 500 of these sinister machines will be made available at the screamin’ deal of just $67,500 each.
The current Porsche 911 has spawned somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 variants, which some think is too many. You might wonder, then, what might posses a Porsche exec to wake up and think adding two more would be a good idea, but then you see the 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe and cabriolet and realize all is right with the world. The latest 911 combines the performance of the rear-wheel-drive GTS with the all-wheel drive of the Carrera 4… thus the 4 GTS. Pricing begins at $110,000 but shoots up into Ferrari territory very quickly.
We expect this will be the last variation of the current 911, but you never know!
Is Porsche an example of automotive perfection, or are there competitors that blow it out of the water?