Since the company’s inception in 1948, Porsche has been primarily focused on one thing: creating cars that are super speedy. Porsche models also tend to look great, but it’s their incredible performance and superb engineering stand out the most. The last decade has seen the release of many models that combined the best of technology, excellent design, and the panache the brand is known for. Here are ten of the top Porsche models from the last decade.
2006 Porsche Carrera GT
The Porsche Carrera GT was introduced as a driver’s car, but it’s more apt to say it’s a skilled driver’s car. With no electronic stability control — Porsche purposely opted not to include that feature — the car can be unwieldy in the hands of anyone who can’t control it. But if you can, you’ll enjoy its sheer power, 205 mph top speed, and V10 engine that produces 605 hp. These days, the Carrera GT still has plenty of admirers but it’s well known as the car that actor Paul Walker was a passenger in when he was killed in a crash.
2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
2008 saw the introduction of an updated Porsche Cayenne Turbo S with more power, the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, and a 4.8 liter engine that produced 550 hp. It’s about as luxurious as an off-roader can get, and it definitely looks better than other models in its class. The Cayenne is credited with helping Porsche stay alive financially, as it’s been a big profit maker. With their bottom line in the black, Porsche has been freed up to dive into developing more innovative cars.
2010 911 GT3 R Hybrid
This $1 million Porsche isn’t a street model, but it has been a game changer in the world of racing. The 2010 911 GT3 R Hybrid is a test car that was built with so much power that it’s been said to have an unfair advantage on the race track. Considering this powerhouse has 102 hp electric motors for each of its front wheels and a six-cylinder 480 hp gas engine at the rear, it’s easy to understand why anyone putting a car up against it would complain.
2011 911 GT2 RS
Porsche has released many iterations of the 911, but the 911 GT2 RS has the distinction of being the most powerful production model in the line. It represents the evolution of Porsche’s world class engineering and takes the brand’s standard GT2 to a new level. Not only does it weight 150 pounds less, the 2011 911 GT2 RS has 620 hp, which is 90 hp more than the output of a 911 Turbo S.
2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
One of the most decked out four-door full-size sedans on the market is the Porsche Panamera GTS. When it was first made available for sale some deemed the model to be the follow up to the 928 GTS, just with more doors. Its graceful curves, excellent interior, and fantastic design make this one car that’s tough to forget, and it definitely earns its six figure base price because of its performance and style. The Panamera GTS contains a naturally aspirated 4.8 liter V8 engine that gives it 440 hp. The front engine car is available with two-wheel or all-wheel drive, and a plug-in hybrid version of the model called the Panemera S E-Hybrid is also available.
2014 Porsche Macan Turbo
This Porsche has a wheelbase that was taken from the Audi Q5, but the similarities other than that are few and far in between. The Macan Turbo is as smooth and sleek as a crossover SUV can get, and it’s been quite popular since it was first released. Inside is a 3.6 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine that produces 400 hp. It’s a speedy crossover, able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Those who opt to equip their Macan Turbo with the optional Performance Package can boost the car’s hp to 440 hp and take the 0 to 60 time down to 4.2 seconds.
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
In terms of smooth driving and speed, one of the finest models that Porsche has come out with in the last decade is the 918 Spyder. It contains both a 4.6 liter V8 gas engine and electric motors that produce a total of 887 hp, creating a powerful hybrid drivetrain. The all wheel drive gem can reach top speeds of 203 mph and go from 0 to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat. When running on electric power alone, the Porsche 918 Spyder can reach 94 mph and go 18 miles should the car run out of gas.
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
Porsche’s 2016 Cayman GT4 is considered by many to be the brand’s purest driver’s car on the market today. It combines many elements that Porsche fans love, such as the Carrera S’s 3.8 liter flat-six engine and the 911 GT3’s front axle and six-speed manual transmission. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that the car looks incredible.
2016 Porsche Boxster
The Boxster first premiered in the 1990s as a way to introduce a modern era car that had the mid-engine layout of the Porsche 500 Spyder and the 911’s flat-six engine. The model has always been a great seller for the brand, and 2016’s Boxster was no different. It comes in three configurations: base, S, and Black Edition. The base model has a 2.7 liter six cylinder engine that produces 265 hp.
2017 Porsche 911
The first Porsche 911 was unveiled in 1964, and over 50 years later the model is still one of the brand’s most iconic. While the original 911 had a 2.0 liter engine that produced 148 hp, the 2017 Porsche 911 has a 3.0 liter six cylinder engine capable of producing 370 hp. The newest iteration of the line also comes in a convertible option and looks just as beautiful as ever.