The Porsche brand is known for innovations, luxury, and high-performing vehicles. Sports cars with strong engine performances are produced by this German brand. However, it wasn’t always this big of a name. This company was started by Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. Back then, it only had 200 workers. The team was small but determined to make history and that’s what they did. Porsche stands out in the vast auto world.
Porsche, as the name indicates, is named after the founder, Ferdinand Porsche. He was a man with a vision. His zeal and zest made him progress in the auto world and he ended up producing some of the most iconic sports cars ever.
The logo for Porsche was created during war times. Hence, the inspiration was taken from “Coat of Arms of the Free People State”. Now, it is seen as a badge of luxury.
The first Porsche sportscar, the 356 was produced in 1948. It was an icon even though it delivered 40 horsepower and had a rear-mounted Beetle engine. Some of its attributes still remain unrivalled. In 1952, the 550 Spyder was produced. It was well known among drivers due to its lightweight body and excellent balance.
In 1964, the 911 exited the gates of the production facility. Everyone was mind-blown by the modern features. In 1975, the 911 Turbo 3.0 was introduced. It was not only turbo-charged but also the fastest car in Germany at that time.
After evolving for almost 3 decades, 911 Carrera was launched in 1999. It was a completely different design as compared to its predecessors.
Journey through the years
During the 3 decades, the Porsche line-up included 911 S in 1967, the 911 Turbo 1975, the first 911 Cabriolet in 1983, and the 911 Carrera 4 in 1990. The Carrera 4 was the first all-wheel drive by Porsche. The front-engine models produced in the 1970’s are also worth mentioning. A four-cylinder car was produced in 1976. The 928 launched in 1978 was fuelled with Porsche’s first V-8 engine.
The Boxter S was created in 2000. It had a 3.2-liter, 250-horsepower engine. In 2001, the 911 GT2 debuted and displayed a top track speed of 195 mph. Fast forward a few years, in 2006, at the Geneva motor show, Porsche introduced the first series-production car, the 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo. It was equipped with spark-ignition engine to feature a turbocharger with variable blade geometry (VTG). Porsche 911 GT3 was unveiled at the same show.
Almost more than half a decade later, in 2013, Porsche got to celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911. A special anniversary model was introduced. The 911 Targa debuted at the North American International Auto Show, in 2014.
Moving on to last year, 2019, Porsche went on to introduce its first fully electric vehicle known as the Taycan. Also in the same year, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) achieved the 10th consecutive year of annual sales growth award.
Porsche has surely come a long way and has produced around 300,000 cars. This German brand founded by a self-driven auto enthusiast went from being a little start-up in a garage to having a production plant over hundreds of thousands square meters.