For decades, people have continued to debate about the ultimate sports car. Is the best sports car in the world a high-priced exotic power roadster, hot hatch or even a muscle car? It looks like one person has an opinion dramatically different from the next person. There will probably never be a clear consensus on this matter. However, the question of the world`s best sports car is emotional.
So, if you look at things in a more rational way, you might be able to get a proper answer. The title of the ultimate sports car should go to the model with a long heritage of performance on the race track and on the street. They must meticulously engineer and improve the car with each generation. A legendary sports car should sell in high numbers and people in all parts of the globe should recognize it. A flat six legend comes with unique characteristics, design and engineering features.
When a car maker presents it, the ultimate sports car should create a landmark moment in car history. It should be a true legend of the industry. So far, there are only two such models in the sports car world that tick all the boxes. They are the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911. And since there is already a list of the top Corvettes here, it is time to cover the best Porsche 911s.
You will be amazed how the ill-handling, underpowered 911 evolved into one of the best driving all-around sports machines. Porsche did this through years of constant development, innovation and racing. So, read on to learn about the fascinating evolution of one of the most legendary cars of all time.
1964 Porsche 911
This list must begin with the first model, which Porsche introduced in late 1963. It debuted all their important design and mechanical features. Mainly, it had the characteristic sloping roofline and flat-six engine on the rear axle. After the success of the 356, Porsche was eager to introduce a bigger, more modern car. So they based it on the rear boxer engine concept they knew so well.
The 911 project was a serious task for engineers. Their new car should’ve been far more competent than the 356, which was basically an upgraded VW Beetle. So, they designed the new platform, along with a new suspension and overall design. The heart of the car was a 2.0-liter six-cylinder flat six engine with 130 HP. It also used a five-speed manual transaxle. Like to the 356 model, they conceived the new 911 as a 2+2 coupe with two tiny rear seats.
Despite a decent performance and warm reception by the fans, the new Porsche 911 was far from perfect. The car had serious handling issues because the car weighed more and had a heavier rear axle. This caused the front tires to lose grip. The 911 was also rust-prone and significantly more expensive than the outgoing 356.