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The 997 Speedster is a special edition that was unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon in 2010 to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Porsche's special operations division.
Before the 603 hp Porsche Carrera GT of 2004, there was a 924 Carrera GT that was released in 1980 for Group 4 racing.
Further developments led to the creation of more powerful versions. To comply with homologation regulations, 400 road-going GTs were offered.
The Porsche 911 SC/RS was developed as a road-legal Group B rally car and sold by the race department to selected customers.
All 20 units built were finished in white boasting adjustable Bilstein dampers, Spartan interiors trimmed in black felt, and the use of aluminum for various components to save weight.
With only 11 examples built before the program was discontinued, the Porsche 916 is one of the rarest and most desirable Porsches around.
Based on the lightweight Porsche 914, the 916 outperformed other road-going Porsches thanks to an overdose of adrenaline from its 911-sourced big flat-6 engines.
With only a total of 12,776 cars manufactured in a 5-year production run, the front engine 968 is not one of Porsche's popular models.
It is therefore not surprising that its turbocharged variant, with only 14 examples manufactured in 1993, makes it into the list of forgotten models.
The Cayenne is a midsize SUV that debuted for the 2003 model year as the first 4-door vehicle from Porsche.
Although the whole first-generation lineup is guilty of being a maintenance nightmare, the 2004 model is more notorious than the rest.
Six years after the Porsche 912 was replaced by the Porsche 914, the nameplate was revived for the 1976 model year as the 912E.
With the impending demise of the 914, it was Porsche's new entry-level model while the 924 (the 914's official successor) was still being developed.
The Porsche 914 is a 2-door Targa top roadster that was developed in a joint venture with Volkswagen as a solution to the Porsche budget problem.
Produced primarily with flat-four engines ranging from 1.7 to 2.0 liters, the car was rather slow and yet ended up costing more than originally planned.
Replacing the problematic 996 in 2005, the Porsche 997 debuted with several notable changes such as a switch to traditional round headlights, a nicer interior, and a slightly more powerful engine.
Despite these changes, the 997 was still technically very similar to the Porsche 996, and unfortunately, it inherited some of the 996's woes.
Although the 996 performs credibly in terms of speed and handling, it had too many cheap components and build quality issues for a high-priced 911.
Co-developed with the entry-level Boxster to save development costs, the two models ended up with interchangeable parts, a move that left 911 purists disappointed.
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