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What does Porsche mean?


Automatically generated practical examples in English:

Porsche is doing a video series documenting the actor’s progress through its Porsche Racing Experience program.
CNET, 22 October 2019

The Macan SUV is Porsche’s runaway bestseller. Recently given a facelift inside and out, it’s also the cheapest Porsche you can buy, at a whisker more than $90,000. Our family of testers sample the “budget” Porsche., 18 October 2019

Two young men were killed after their Porsche lost control and crashed into the second story of a commercial building on Sunday.
Perez Hilton, 11 November 2019

The 4S, which will offer a performance battery plus option, looks like the Taycan that Porsche unveiled in September.
TechCrunch, 14 October 2019

Anna Kirsopp-Lewis, 34, died after Ian Barton, 62, crashed into her Peugeot 2008 with his Porsche Cayenne 4×4 in Warminster, Wiltshire on December 18 last year.
Mail Online, 24 October 2019

We get an early ride in a Porsche 911 GT3 prototype.
CNET, 26 November 2020

This is the moment a Porsche driver slams on the accelerator and crashes over a wall onto another car while trying to park., 21 November 2020

A Porsche driver had owned his £83,000 car for just five days before crashing it over a wall. CCTV footage captured the moment of the disaster that happened yesterday in Manningtree, Essex.
Mail Online, 20 November 2020

Red trousers and a Porsche or respectable middle age for Windows? What do Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Mars and Windows have in common? They’re all 35 years old.
The Register, 21 November 2020

The two friends were seen trying to load all of the purchases into Ellen‘s Porsche car. If you didn’t know, Sheryl is the longtime wife of actor Rob Lowe.
Just Jared, 1 December 2020

Dictionary entries

Entries where «Porsche» occurs:

straight: …first gear and sped away into second, then third and fourth gear. Frank heard the roar of the Porsche’s engine further down the straight and the back short straight. He held a stopwatch in…

purr: …sound. 2001, E. C. Craver, Last Reunion (page 159) Beverly passed the city limits sign with the Porsche’s motor purring contentedly after its two hundred and fifty-mile romp. Derived…

hitam: …هيتم) black (absorbing all light) Orang hitam itu memiliki sebuah kereta hitam Porsche yang canggih. • That Black person owns a sophisticated black…

chimera: …as the house band in an Armenian brothel. He built himself a chimera: half VW, half Porsche. A vain, foolish, or incongruous thought, or product of the imagination 1841…

golden: …let the audience down and you’ll be golden. 2011, Wayne R. Dempsey, 101 Projects for Your Porsche Boxster, Motorbooks (ISBN 9781610607957), page 68 If all of the marks line up…


Porsche is one of the more popular sports car manufacturer. Founded in 1931 as an engineering consultant by Ferdinand Porsche. The most popular model as of yet is the 911, which made its debut in 1964 as a sportive car. It has always come with a Boxer-6, but the displacement is generally upped every evolution. Despite the ever-evolving chassis and engine, the styling is often described as timeless and the engine remains in the rear(not ideal). A turbo model of the 911 has been in the line-up for 30 years and has cemented Porsches place in performance car history by reversing everyones’ views about turbo cars. Porsche also offers their cars for less than Ferrari and Lamborghini which keeps them as an «affordable» sports car.

Some say Porsches are not built to perfection, but are engineered to perfection.
by wEstSidE November 18, 2004


The automobile manufacturer (founded in 1931 by the Austrian Ferdinand Porsche)responsible for the 917/30 and the 956 and the 962 cars. Three of the fastest non open-wheel race cars ever made. Also note the fact that they won Le Mans 24 hours a record 16 overall victories (a record still not broken). Porsche used the Kunhle, Kopp and Kausch turbochargers to great effects in the 80’s. 911 is their best road car and has gone through several minor face lifts through it’s successive generations. The 911 remains to be the most user-friendly, everyday maniac sportscar to buy today. The company is located in Stuttgart.

The Porsche 917 is a race car that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 liters, the long-tailed version was capable of a 0-62mph time of less than 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 248 mph (394 km/h). In the 1973 CanAm series, the turbocharged version Porsche 917/30 developed over 1100 bhp, and as much as 1500bhp in qualifying tune.

by Shaun ’92 August 15, 2007
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Older models are air cooled, whereas newer models (996 and 997) are water cooled. Considered one of the best sports car manufacturers in the world.

Porsche > all other cars
by M17ch March 31, 2006


There are many ways to describe a car that has been a symbol for decades. The car makers quality has never been lost on any one. The Porsche symbolizes all that is good in the world. Normally driven by the Hollywood and Malibu high and mighty.

This car has been featured in so many movies and songs that it has been implanted in our brains as the car that you want. Even if your a single dad living in the Sub-urbs that has to take his kids to school every morning.

we’ve seen porsche start making cars for the common man in past years. the Boxter being one of the first car’s Porsche made for a «lower price tag». it was also the second least powerful of the makers sport cars. Leaving much to be desired from us Hard core porsche drivers (mainly those who drive Porsches from the years 1962 to 1990.)

The Porsche 928
«Porsche, there is no substitute»
Porsche 911
«there just soooo much cooler»

by Chris McDude October 11, 2007
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pronounced por-sha, not porsh. ferdinand’s from germany.
Mir gefallen die Porsches. Mein Lieblingsauto.
by julian s. January 12, 2006


One of the best cars ever made (speaking from experience from owning a 83′ 911). Porsche has made models from the No. 1 in 1948 to the soon to be released C7S. Be prepared for a lot of info on the 911 model. Porsche’s most popular model, the 911, has a long history from 1965 to the present, and includes many «side» models. For example, a 911 from 1991 to 1994 is known as a 964, a 911 from 1995-1998 is known as the 993, a 911 from 1999-2004 is known as the 996, and the 911 from 2005 is known as the 997. Also, in the 70’s and 80’s Porsche 911 Turbos were also known as the 930.
The older 911s (in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s) had the «S», «T», «E», «RS», «Carrera», and «SC» trim.

In the 70’s, and early 80’s the 911 had a 2.4, 2.7, and 3.0 litre engines. According to many 911 owners, the 2.7 litre engine had a lot of cooling problems due to the 5 blade cooling fan not getting enough air into the engine. The more refined 3.0 litre (1978-1983)is known to be a very reliable and «bulletproof» engine. The 2.7 and 3.0 also used the CIS fuel injection, opposed to later engines, like the 3.2 litre (1984-1988) and the 3.6 litre (1989-1998)which used Motronic fuel injection.

The Porsche 911 included a few different body styles, the Targa, Coupe, and Cabriolet. The Targa (produced from 1967 to the present)is a half coupe / half cabriolet trim that includes a removeable top, but a permanent rear window. The cabriolet, produced from 1983 on, came with Turbo and non-turbo models. The coupe was the first trim of the 911, and is one of the more popular trims.

The 911 Turbo (I believe from 1975 on)is a very expensive 911, and in the 80’s, the Porsche factory would make a «Turbo Look», to sell a 911 that had the widebody, and the turbo tail, but no turbo engine.

Performance wise, Porsches are very fast cars, and very good track cars. For the older Porsche 911’s (70’s and 80’s) the 0-60 mph time was from 5-8 seconds. The Turbo in the same year range could do 0-60 in 5 seconds or under, and the later models can do 0-60 in 3-5 seconds.

I believe that’s it for the 911. I don’t know much about other models, so I won’t comment on them.

What does Porsche mean?

Sunset view of Porsche models next to the sea

From miniature crocs to epic South American races – as well as more down-to-earth reasons – discover the stories behind the names given to each of the current Porsche models

Why have so many Porsche cars been named with numbers? What do now iconic names like Cayman and Taycan signify? And why is Porsche even called ‘Porsche’ in the first place. Our comprehensive guide explains why Porsche cars are called what they are. It begins at the very foundation of the company itself. Why is Porsche called Porsche? Quite simply, it wears the name of its founder, Ferdinand Porsche. Set up in 1931 to provide engineering consultancy services, the firm’s first major contract came in the form of a brief from the German government to design a car for the people – a Volkswagen. Thus, the Beetle was born. Although it wasn’t until 1939 that Porsche completed the car acknowledged as its very first – the Type 64. By then an intriguing numbering system had become well-established in the company.

Founder Ferry Porsche sits on bonnet of red 356 B

This in-house method gave every project and order a consecutive number. By 1948, the numbers had reached 356, as well as a significant milestone – this was the first-ever number given to an automobile under the official brand name. And it didn’t stop there. The numbering system is still seen on Porsche vehicles of the modern day, including that most famous Porsche of all…


As business boomed at Porsche, the numbers rose until the successor to the 356 led Porsche to end its use of this custom typology. 1964 saw the ‘Type 901’ launch, making its debut at the Paris Motor Show. After the show, however, an unforeseen issue came to light as Peugeot laid claim to the legal rights of using three-digit numbers containing a zero in the middle. Already mid-launch, the opportunity to create a new number had passed. With a typical display of Porsche ingenuity – and the ‘1’ typeface had already been designed for the new model – a decision was made to rename the vehicle ‘911’, and a legend was born. With models such as the 924, 928 and 944 joining the 911 over the ensuing years, the three-digit figure starting with a ‘9’ has become synonymous with the sporting character of the Porsche brand.

Close-up rear view of emerald green Porsche 911

As business boomed at Porsche, the numbers rose until the successor to the 356 led Porsche to end its use of this custom typology. 1964 saw the ‘Type 901’ launch, making its debut at the Paris Motor Show. After the show, however, an unforeseen issue came to light as Peugeot laid claim to the legal rights of using three-digit numbers containing a zero in the middle. Already mid-launch, the opportunity to create a new number had passed. With a typical display of Porsche ingenuity – and the ‘1’ typeface had already been designed for the new model – a decision was made to rename the vehicle ‘911’, and a legend was born. With models such as the 924, 928 and 944 joining the 911 over the ensuing years, the three-digit figure starting with a ‘9’ has become synonymous with the sporting character of the Porsche brand.


Originating from a time before cars even existed, the term ‘spider’ or ‘spyder’ has become widely used by many manufacturers when referring to a roadster. Its journey to becoming associated with convertible cars dates back to the era of horse-drawn carriages in the 1800s, coming from a coach-making term to describe a two-person, lightweight open carriage. At Porsche, the term is assigned to its open, mid-engine sports cars. In 1953 – back when the original number-naming convention was still used – the legendary 550 Spyder dominated in racecar form, winning class victories at the likes of Le Mans and the Carrera Panamericana.


The 911 model range is not the only numbered model in today’s Porsche line-up, of course. The 718 range comprises of the Boxster, Cayman and, yes, the Spyder. Its significance harks back to the legendary 718 mid-engine, four-cylinder racecar that first made its appearance at the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nowadays, the 718 is a mid-engine roadster that take the sporting spirit of that racing icon and transfers it to the roads of today.


View of Porsche 911 Targa S cockpit, roof down

Instantly recognisable through each of its eight generations since the first appearance of the Targa name in 1965, this open-top version of the 911 is characterised by its distinctive roll-over bar and innovative roof concept. The name was inspired by the legendary Sicilian road race, the Targa Florio. The Italian word Targa means ‘plaque’ or ‘plate’ in English.

Seven generations of the 911 Carrera parked in front of each other


Originally the name of the Type 547 four-camshaft engine designed by Dr Ernst Fuhrmann, Porsche would eventually use the name Carrera to honour its more powerful engine versions – most notably, these days, in the 911 model series. The name Carrera (Spanish for ‘race’) ultimately commemorates the success of Porsche at the Carrera Panamericana – the famous border-to-border Mexican endurance race where Porsche achieved such great success with the 550 Spyder in the 1950s.


First Porsche Boxster in yellow parked beside Boxster 25 years edition

When Porsche presented the mid-engine Boxster concept study to the world in 1993 it became an instant crowd-pleaser, touching the hearts of sportscar fans from the outset with its pure roadster appearance. Its name is a portmanteau. The word Boxster derives from a merging of its Boxer engine type (so-called because each pair of pistons move in and out like a boxer’s gloves) and that punchy roadster design. This water-cooled, six-cylinder-engine car, with its internal Porsche designation of the 986, roared off the production line for the first time in 1996. It immediately set new benchmarks in performance and safety for the roadster segment. The Boxster retains a reputation to this day as the epitome of top-down driving fun.


This unmistakable SUV powerhouse packs intense performance and precise dynamics – in other words just the kind of vehicle deserving of a name with a bit of a kick to it. When the Cayenne debuted in 2002 it became, at the time, the third model in the Porsche product line-up alongside the 911 and the Boxster. The name itself derives from the piquant cayenne pepper – a bold and relevant choice for this intrepid traveller with a fiery nature.

Porsche Cayenne E1 in metallic orange parked besides the ocean


The Cayman boasts a name with real bite – its snappy title derives from the crocodile-like South American caiman. Powerful yet agile, when it launched in 2006 it joined the Boxster and 911 as another stand-out sportscar in the Porsche range. It now sits with the former of those two models under the 718 umbrella.


It’s fair to say that Porsche owes a great debt to the legacy of the Carrera Panamericana, however short lived the now infamous race was. Besides the Carrera name we now associate with the 911, it’s also from where the Panamera got its name. The race, which was held in its original form between 1950 and 1954, was about endurance, speed and reliability – attributes you could easily describe this car with.


When the Macan went on sale in 2015, people were immediately left scratching their heads about the provenance of the model’s name… unless you spoke Javanese, that is. The name comes from the language’s word for the Indonesian tiger and acknowledges the fierceness that lies beneath the car’s elegant exterior. The lively nature of the Macan is the reason why that today it’s universally considered the sportiest of compact SUVs.


Electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo drives along road next to sea

When it was launched in 2019, the first all-electric Porsche warranted a name worthy of its electrifying qualities. The word Taycan derives from two terms of Turkic origin, translating approximately to “soul of a spirited young horse”. It’s a phrase that epitomises the personality of the electric Porsche – lively, vigorous, agile, free-spirited and tireless. The name also reflects both the brand’s roots and its future simultaneously, with the ‘horse’ reference reminiscent of the iconic silhouette on the Porsche crest itself. Even since its launch, the word has taken on further positive associations across other languages. In Japanese, for instance, ‘taikan’ roughly means ‘physical experience’ – something you won’t fail to agree with once sat behind the wheel of the Taycan.

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