Total 911’s seven favourite underrated Porsche 911s
Compared to their contemporaries from other manufacturers, all iterations of Porsche’s iconic sports car offer up a scintillating experience behind the wheel.
However, some Porsche 911s never truly gain the respect that we feel they deserve. Here are the seven Porsche 911s that we believe should be more highly praised:
As the entry-level offering of the new impact bumper era, the G-Series Porsche 911 was never a huge success with just 9,320 sold across three years. However, like many basic 911s, it encourages you to grab it by the scruff of the neck and rev the 2.7-litre all the way to its 5,700rpm redline in order to make rapid progress.
Similar to the G-Series 911 above, the original Porsche 911T used cheaper parts than its more illustrious ‘S’ a ‘L’/’E’ badged brethren in order to cut costs. Yet, they still look cool and provide that classic neunelfer experience. They also currently offer the cheapest way into pre-impact bumper ownership.
You may be surprised to see an RS in this list but, compared to other Rennsports, the Porsche 964 Carrera RS is relatively underrated. While, on paper, it may look little more than standard 964 Carrera 2, behind the wheel it provides an electrifying drive and is one of the most usable 911 RSs around.
Too much turbo lag, not enough braking force and one gear too few. These were the major criticisms of the original Porsche 911 Turbo. Yet, for us, these aren’t flaws; these are traits that define the experience of piloting a 3.0-litre 930. Driving one requires skill and more than a little nerve, as should all 911s.
Often overshadowed by the car that replaced it – the 3.2 Carrera – the Porsche 911 SC’s 3.0-litre engine is, to many, actually a perkier powerplant than the latter. An early non-Sport example may only offer 184 air-cooled horses but it is the epitome of late Seventies cool.
Often the doyen of unloved Porsche 911s, the first generation 996 Carrera was lambasted for sharing 50 per cent of its parts with the cheaper Boxster. Look beyond that though and it provides a thoroughly modern 911 experience for sensible money. And the IMS issue is often overplayed…
The Porsche 930 SE is the only car on this list that doesn’t look unmistakeably like a 911, and that’s often its problem. However, in our eyes, it doesn’t come much cooler than a factory-built 911 Turbo inspired the fire-breathing 935 racers. Mechanically, these are the best 930s around too.