When providing performance tune-ups in Conway, AR, we have the opportunity to work on a variety of fine European sports cars. One of these includes the Porsche line, in particular the iconic Porsche 911. Often hailed as the car of the century, there is no doubt that this is a unique vehicle that satisfies a very discerning crowd. Here are five reasons why the Porsche 911 stands out from the crowd:
- Dominant on the track: The 911’s presence in motorsports continues to add to its mystique. Very few cars have dominated in the racing sector like the Porsche 911. Its performance is well known, enduring and impressive. When it was first released in a street‑legal version in 1963 after years of wins, few were surprised at the consumer response.
- Interior details: Driving position and pedal location seem customized to each driver—even though these small touches come standard with each Porsche 911. These features continued even into the later 911 models, which offer a sense of familiarity to those who owned a 911 before. Basically, what worked well stayed around, while improvements arose only where absolutely needed.
- Most successful sports model in the world: There was something very accessible about the Porsche 911. It was a status symbol for celebrities, but mainstream consumers appreciated it, too. This approachable presentation accounted for 820,000 Porsche 911s built over the first seven generations. It offers the luxury of a high-end super car, but is practical and reliable for everyday use. You can drive it through the desert, city rush hour traffic or a long road trip and it will not miss a beat.
- Advanced technology: The Porsche 911 was considered an advanced vehicle back when it was introduced in 1963. It came equipped with a six-cylinder air-cooled engine that offered 130 horsepower and a high speed of 131 miles per hour. As it advanced, the horsepower increased. The 1967 model that went on world tour for the model’s 50th anniversary featured the first semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission. In 2010, the 911 generation introduced the Porsche GT3 R as the first sports car hybrid model. Now, the company continues steps to make the 911 lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient. With the new turbocharger, these elements are not mutually exclusive.
- Response time: Just like the driver cockpit, there are few details overlooked in the car’s engine. Adjustments through the years made it one of the most responsive super cars in the world, which is why it remains popular with rally racers; the engine in back allows for better traction. Between less tire slippage and the ability to make driving adjustments quickly, the Porsche 911 is a performance standout, thanks to the careful attention of its engineers.
If you are lucky enough to own a Porsche 911, you likely realize it is very special. That is why you need to help it run well. Riverdale Automotive offers performance tune-ups in Conway, AR for many European models including Porsche, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Call us today for an appointment.