Probably the most iconic sports car ever made, the Porsche 911 has set class standards for handling and performance for years – and this current edition, codenamed ‘991’, rules the roost in its class. The rear-engined layout that made early 911s so tricky to handle has been retained, but it’s been refined over the generations so the car now has the stability to match its jaw-dropping performance.
Beyond the glorious exhaust note of the six-cylinder engine, the 911’s trump card is the fact that it’s useable every day; it rides extremely well for a sports car, and is comparatively refined on long motorway trips. The cabin is sumptuous, there’s a fair amount of luggage space and even the car’s external dimensions don’t feel intimidating around town.
With more than 20 editions in the line-up – with everything from turbocharging and four-wheel drive to dual-clutch PDK automatic gearboxes and roll cages – there’s a 911 to suit pretty much everyone. This vast range also means the 911 blurs the lines between sports car and supercar, with rivals as varied as the Audi R8, BMW 6 Series and Jaguar F-type Coupe.
Only a relatively stingy standard equipment list and the high price of options blot the copybook. However, they can’t stop the 911 from being the complete sports car.