It’s hard to tell if you have to sell out to be successful, or if the successful have to sell out. Ice Cube went from rapping about police brutality and racial profiling to making kid’s movies likeAre we There Yet. Taylor Swift moved from being a successful country artist to world domination with pop songs. And Porsche went from making iconic sports cars to making the ever popular Cayenne, Macan and Panamera.
Those four-door vehicles immediatelybecame the best-selling Porsches, and people stopped thinking about the company as a sports car maker and started thinking of them as a luxury brand.
Fortunately, the 911 has been seriously updated, and by the looks of it, the automaker hasn’t sold out and certainly hasn’t forgotten the car that put it on the map so many years ago. To demonstrate that it has not strayed from its roots, we had a chance to drive the vehicle as part of the 911 Grand Tour, an event that’s taking place across Canada to showcase the latest and greatest changes to the iconic 911.
Of course, that original masterpiece I’m referring to is the first 911, born in 1963. A car with an uncompromised approach to speed, it featured a flat air-cooled engine at the back of the car, over the rear wheels. Its performance was revered, creating an unmistakable aura of coolness. Seen on the roads today, an old 911 is easily identifiable by its unique design. When one drives past, everyone swoons.
More than 50 years later, the car is still using this rear-engine layout and a design that hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years. But somehow, new 911s don’t have that same mystique that the old vehicles had. Why is that? Have we become accustomed to the look? Is the sheen of a high-end interior and high-tech driving aids detracting from what’s an evolution of an iconic car? Are they simply too popular? Or have we all just forgotten about Porsche, as new sports cars like the Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type have hit the road.
Read more about the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbocharged Engines Put to the Test at AutoGuide.com.