If you were asked to draw up a list of the carmakers with the fastest cars, there's a very good chance Porsche would appear towards the top. Despite delving deeper into family-friendly territory over the past few years, Porsche remains best known for fast and furious cars that combine raw power with exhilarating top speeds. Storied names like the 911 Carrera RS, Carrera GT, and the 918 Spyder need no introduction to speed freaks, and for good reason. But some of Porsche's latest offerings, especially in the hybrid and electric vehicle category, might need more by way of introduction. If you're ready to find out more, stay tuned as we run through the 10 fastest Porsche models of all-time.
1. Porsche 935/78
Kicking off our list with style is the Porsche 935/78, a nimble little number capable of making your eyes go dry with top speeds of 227 mph. As supercars.net writes, its incredible performance was facilitated by a complete redesign to the front and rear end, with the final design incorporating detachable panels to reveal a glimpse of its stripped-back structure. Nicknamed “Moby Dick” in recognition of its elongated nose, massive fairings and white base color, the 935/78 goes down in history as one of the fastest race cars to emerge from the 1970s.
2. Porsche 911 GT2 RS
With a top track speed of 205 miles, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a beast of a car with a turbocharged 700-horsepower 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine and the distinction of being one of Porsche's fastest commercial cars in production. Capable of moving from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds, this high-performance, ultra-luxe offering is a driver's delight... providing that driver doesn't balk at the $293,200 price tag.
3. Porsche 918 Spyder
With its aerodynamic body and low-drag design, the Porsche 918 Spyder was never going to be a slow car. Originally released in 2014 to a fanfare of approval, its lavish gadgets and fancy tech instantly propelled it to the top of the hypercar league table. 6 years later, and it's still running rings around the competition thanks to 214 mph top speeds and the ability to get from 0 - 60 mph in just a fraction over 2 seconds. No wonder autocar.co.uk has named it one of the best hypercars of 2020. The $845,000 price tag is expensive even by Porsche’s standards, but thanks to its superior performance, there's still plenty of takers.
4. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
With seating for 5 adults, generous cargo space, and 4 doors, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid could be easily confused for any other luxurious sedan. But slip behind the wheel, and you'll soon realize you're not dealing with any ordinary family car. Capable of rocketing from 0 - 60 mph in just under 3 seconds and delivering top speeds of just a fraction under 200 mph, this is a performance car with attitude. And it's just getting better- if the 2020 model wasn't powerful enough for your needs, the 2021 upgrade promises to deliver the goods with 689 horsepower and 642 pound-feet of torque.
5. Porsche Carrera GT
In 2004, Porsche unleashed the Porsche Carrera GT on the world. 3 years later, it pulled the plug on its latest offering. By that time, it had already managed to wow us with its 201.5 mph top speeds, its advanced technology, and its sleek style. With some very forward-thinking environmental nods (onboard monitoring systems and emissions indicators came as standard) and the ability to get you from 0 - 60mph in just 3.5 seconds, this was a speed monster with a difference. At $160,700, it wasn't cheap... but boy, was it fast.
6. Porsche 911 Turbo S
The second 911 to hit our list is just as noteworthy as the first. Top speeds come in just a fraction under the 200mph barrier at 196 mph, while the 2.8-second acceleration from 0 - 60mph won't disappoint. Combine that with the classic teardrop shape of the 911, the fancy gadgets, and the very impressive 516 lb-ft of torque, and you can understand why Porsche felt justified in slapping a $135,500 price tag on it.
7. Porsche 919 Evo
If you thought hybrid cars were worthy but boring, you clearly haven't met any of the Porsche variety. Take the Porsche 919 Evo as an example. Ranked by beverlyhillsporsche.com as one of the 5 fastest Porches around, this aerodynamic dream runs on a 2.0L V4 turbo hybrid engine that can take you from 0 - 60 mph in just 2.2 seconds and 0 - 120 mph in 4.8 seconds. Top speeds peak at a toe-curling 230 mph.
8. Porsche Taycan Turbo S
As hotcars.com writes, all-electric cars have a launch advantage where 100% of engine power is available at 0 rpm. Little wonder, then, that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S manages to whoop the behinds of most other Taycans. Despite weighing in at over 2 tons, the Taycan Turbo S dances around like a featherweight, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds and maxing out at around 160 mph.
9. Porsche 911 Speedster
With a base price of over $270,000, there's nothing affordable about the Porsche 911 Speedster. But in fairness, there doesn't really need to be. This isn't some dozy daily rider. This is a supercar capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3 seconds and top speeds of 193 mph - impressive stats for any car, but doubly impressive considering it's an open-top. Raw and ready, this is a car that's built for fun. Just a shame it couldn't have stuck around for longer than one year.
10. Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Trotting along nicely at 187 miles per hour, the 911 Cabriolet rounds off our list with style. As caranddriver.com writes, the iconic 911 silhouette with its wide eyes and rounded rump is in evidence, as is the usual checklist of impressive tech and fancy gadgetry. Most impressive of all is how the Cabriolet doesn't drop on performance compared to the hardtop version - hit your foot to the accelerator and you'll rocket from 0 - 60 mph in a tiny 2.9 seconds. Effortless, whippet-fast and a joy to drive, riding with the top down has never felt so good.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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