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5 snazzy Porsches for every budget

Porschephiles rejoice, we’ve got a car for you, whatever your bank balance.

Image: Porsche Centre Dublin

THE PORSCHE STABLE has many thoroughbred driving machines from the iconic 911 sports car to the Marmite (love it or hate it) Cayenne SUV. But no matter what body style you go for you can always count on fantastic road handling and performance.

Here, we’ve rounded up five Zuffenhausen masterpieces, from the top-end dream car to the distinctly affordable.

Under €150k

2016, Porsche Boxster Spyder 981, €134,100

Source: Porsche Centre Dublin

Phwoar, this beautiful Spyder is the most extreme version of the Porsche 981 Boxster. Its naturally aspirated 3.8-litre petrol engine punches out 375hp and 420Nm of torque and can reach of top speed of 290km/h. This is the only Boxster Spyder 981 in the Republic of Ireland and isn’t it a stunner?

Under €100k

2013, Porsche Panamera, €79,950

Source: Finbarr Galvin Ltd.

The Porsche Panamera is a sports car and luxury saloon rolled into one ultimate car. This 2013 Panamera is a four-door four-passenger saloon with a hatchback-style boot, which can hold 1,263 litres when the 60:40 split rear seats are tumbled. Very practical, as well as sporty.

Under €75k

2007, Porsche 911 Carrera S, €49,950

Source: Lewis Motors

The Porsche 911 Carrera S is elegant and clean and super sleek and sexy. It glides along the road in a civilized way showing off its impeccable road manners. The naturally aspirated, 355hp flat-six engine is mated to a nifty six-speed manual transmission, which drives power to the rear wheels.

The 911 is a compact car and as a result sitting into its snug cabin with all the driver aids so close to hand somehow makes you feel hard-wired to the mechanics. A true driver’s car.

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Under €40k

2007, Porsche Cayenne, €18,950

Source: Adrian Quinn Car Sales

Love it or loath it, the Porsche Cayenne was the second best seller for Porsche in 2105 with 73,119 units delivered globally. And one of the reason it sells so well is because of how well it handles for a big heavy SUV. It is very poised and offers plenty of grip with accurate, well-weighted steering and its active anti-roll bar greatly limits body-roll. It’s an impressive machine.

Under €15k

2003, Porsche Boxster S, €8,950

Source: Cameron Cars

The Boxster S is a solid, well-balanced convertible sports car that offers a first-class driving experience to its owners. It is powered by a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder “boxer” engine that provides 258hp and 310Nm of torque and is mated to six-speed manual transmission, which, together with the car’s aerodynamic design, propel the Boxster S from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds.

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Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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