I vote with Lotuswn.
Lot's of personal opinions below, so please, be gentle
Good aero i.e. nothing in the nose.
Refined compromised design that has been made to work after 60 years of development
Good on ice and snow, since it is the same design as an average city transit bus
Designed for track and street, the GT cars are even more track-oriented from the factory
Boxer engine design seems a good design. Boxer, flat crank, twin turbo or even single with divided turbine entrance seems ideal, except for some vibration. Why is it not more widely accepted (again only Porsche, Subaru, some older Ferari's... my tuner tunes Subi's but hates them
... I always dream of a subi into Lotus swap, it would fix rear drive-shaft angle and improve weight distribution and has a proper transaxle.... )
Dr. Porsche copies Mercedes 120 design. Yes, he did not invent it. 120 was the only MB to use rear engine (in the early '30's). The Dr, started his career at MB.
Poor handling dynamics. 911 is one of the very few cars with this design (Beetles and Skodas and some other Soviet era copies come to come to mind....)
Do not forget who the Dr worked for from 1933 to 1945 and got most of his start-up capital....
The rear suspension design was tricky and dangerous with lots of power. Hence:
1. Lots of (famous, who could afford them) people died in the '80 in turbo cars with over 200hp in slippery conditions
2. GM copied it with Corvair (again with even cheaper/simpler rear suspension design and even more power) with deadly results.
3. Appears contradictory to the 'bus' analogy, above, but buses have low power to weight ratio, just like the safer non-turbo cars
4. The race cars from Can-Am on mostly had true mid-engine design e.g 917, 911 GT! LeMans car, etc.
The 911 continue to be tricky to drive hard. My local anecdotal evidence would suggest most wrecks at club events are 911's
911 owners are snobs, but this can be said of a lot of people
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, although new cars seem to be improving.
fron suspension design. It works, but I hate struts (invented by Colin C.!)
I would rather take a good chassis and spend the $$ making it work for me, the way I like it i.e. a Lotus Elise/Exige. I would consider a Z06 in this category. When I think about P cars, I like the GTS cars and the Cayman, but just not enough to buy one
Dunno... Ive gotta vote the other way.
I've never liked Porsches... Just too 'froggy' looking for me and quite ridiculous IMHO. I can't deny they are pretty solid performers but ...
Just not my style.
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