Porsche the pinnacle of German engineering. Unfortunately, I’m still not entirely sure how to say it. Porsche? Okay, I got it. Us car guys love Porsches! They’re reliable and sporty, even their hypercars!
But unlike the 918 Spyder, not all Porsche’s are selling for over $800,000. In fact, I’m about to tell you about some Porsches that are totally affordable! These are the best cheap Porsche models you can afford!
What’s the first cheap Porsche that comes to mind? Well, that’s the Porsche Boxster of course! The Porsche Boxster is widely known as the poor man’s 911. Some Porsche purists even prefer the Boxster to the 911!
If you ask Brad Danger, it’s 911 or die. That being said, though, the Boxster definitely has its perks. It’s lighter and smaller than the 911, making it way more noble even though it’s got less power. And while the 911 is undoubtedly a lightweight firecracker that’s super fun to drive, the Boxster’s also a blast for those very same reasons, and some say it’s even more fun! Again, I’m skeptical.
One area the Boxster definitely has a leg up in, though, is affordability. Plus, since they’re so similar, why not just choose the cheaper option? You can pick up a black stallion Boxster with around 38,000 miles for just $6,500! And if you were trying to get a comparable 911, you’d be shelling out at least double the cash. Thats a big premium for a very similar car.
But if you’re looking for something big, this next car’s going to tickle your tastebuds and tear up your tarmac, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
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Porsche Cayenne Turbo
With 450 horsepower and even more torque, the behemoth Cayenne Turbo goes to 60 in just 5 seconds! And that’s with a 2003 model! This family hauler will hold its own against supercars of its time. With pickup comparable to a Ferrari 360, this thing hauls ass! And with a set of rotors that are bigger than my head, it stops too! Please, no comments about the size of my head. I’m self-conscious.
Anyway, the Cayenne Turbo has room for four grown adults, and a small fifth seat for your stack of Gapplebees cards that you’ll be handing out to sportscar owners. Need more space? The Cayenne Turbo’s got a huge trunk, space for all that Ideal merch.
But not only is the Cayenne Turbo fast and practical, it’s also loaded with tech like navigation, heated seats, and dual-zone climate control. Sure, these might not be the top-of-the-line tech of the modern era, but you’ve got to remember that the Cayenne Turbo is coming up on 20 years on the market! And those features were dropping jaws in the early 2000’s!
Back then, you were looking at $90,000 for a Cayenne Turbo, but depreciation wins again! Today, you can have a 2003 model with under 120,000 miles for less than $10,000! Plus, they really didn’t change the design from 2002 to 2010, so you can tell people it’s even newer. Wink, wink. With that little cash you get all-wheel drive and a turbo 4.5-liter V8, which can hit 500 horsepower with a little tuning.
If you’re married to the idea of a Turbo, but have a need to rip around tight corners, it might be better to go with the Porsche 944 Turbo.
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Porsche 944 Turbo
Built from 1982 to 1991, the Porsche 944 Turbo is essentially a dinosaur. But this old dog still has some pep in its step! Light and noble, the 944 Turbo is the exact opposite of the Cayenne Turbo. And because the 944 Turbo was built in the Stone Age, the price has gone way down. Don’t get me wrong, though, enthusiasts to this day still rave about this car.
So, why is the 944 Turbo so awesome? Well, the engineers at Porsche took the already-sporty 944 and strapped a turbo and intercooler to it. The result? 217 horsepower. Yeah, I know, a bit lower than you expected. But hey, it can do 0 to 60 in just 5.9 seconds, and that’s faster than most sports cars even today!
The 944 Turbo was engineered so well that it was the first ever car to produce the same power output with or without a catalytic converter. And if you want to up the boost, go right ahead. It’s got forged pistons ready to handle whatever you want to throw at it. Just remember that this car’s older than your grandad. Most Porsche purists would recommend stopping around 400 horsepower, before you go ahead and swap an LS into it.
Upping that power can get expensive, especially if you end up with a less desirable example of the 944 Turbo. Luckily, your friends here at Ideal found a tip-top 1986 model for $15,000.
This next car has been nicknamed the “German Corvette”. Why? Maybe it’s because of the way it drives. Maybe it’s because so many people have already LS-swapped it. Who knows? But, one thing’s for sure, the Porsche 928 is a bargain for performance.
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The 928 is undeniably great bang for your buck when it comes to performance, but that’s not even what it was built for! Porsche made the 928 as a luxury grand tourer, and they kept rolling them out for nearly 20 years! The 928 featured Porsche’s first ever V8, and they put it in the front, making the 928 the only front-mounted V8 Porsche ever built, except, of course, for Pinocchio!
Also on the front are those super stylish pop-up head lights! And nobody does pop-ups like Porsche! Did you know that Porsche almost put a V10 in the 928? Imagine that! A V10 front-engined rear-drive luxury car. Did someone say Lexus LFA?
Unfortunately, the 928 was brought to market during the oil crisis, so they opted for a smaller, more efficient choice. The engine that they finally settled on was a 4.5-liter V8 producing only 219 horsepower. Porsche thought it’d be an acceptable compromise of performance and fuel economy. I still kind of wish they went with the V10.
But, there was no compromise on price. The 928 sold new for $80,000 back in the day, but today, the price has dropped seven-eighths, baby! That’s right! We found one with under 100,000 miles for just $9,500!
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the Porsche 911! How do I know it’s affordable? Well, because I got one in my garage!
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Why would you not buy a 911? Or, if you’re me, you just say f**k it and buy two! The 996 generation is pretty much unbeatable, you know, the one that looks like it’s got fried eggs for headlights. The 996 got huge improvements, for instance, the air-cooled engine that had been used in the 911 for the past 34 years got switched to a water-cooled unit, and that means more power!
Sure, a lot of Porsche purists were pissed off about it, but in my opinion, that brought Porsche into the modern day. They started offering the 996 with all-wheel drive and a ton of models tailor-made for every type of lifestyle.
The GT3 was for those who wanted to track their car but still drive on the road, and GT3 RS models were more track-focused. The Turbo was made to dominate in the straight line, and GT2 models made for an all-around bonkers experience. The 996 Porsche had a model for everyone, from the mild to the wild.
Unfortunately, the more affordable models are the mild, like the one we found for $15,000. But hey, it’s still a 996 911! You need to go out and buy one of these before they start to go up in value again.
And that’s not the only Porsche that’s probably going to appreciate, the Porsche Cayman might be a solid investment too.
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Porsche Cayman S
While the 911 has gotten bigger and more powerful, not to mention picked up too many nannies for my taste, the Cayman has stayed true to the spirit that older 911’s embodied. The Cayman is really such an underrated car.
Porsche purists might shame you for not getting a 911, but you can just flip them the bird as you fly by in your 2006 Cayman S doing 170 miles per hour. In its heaviest form, the Cayman doesn’t even weigh 3,000 pounds. The lightest of 911’s of similar generations tipped the scales over 3,000 pounds. Plus, new modeled Caymans make the sprint to 60 in the same time as similar 911’s.
So, Porsche where is our new Cayman GT3 RS or GT2 RS? Chances are they would be more capable than their 911 counterparts, and cheaper! So, what can you get for $15,000? A lightly-used Cayman S that’s fast and fun.
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