Porsche has been updating this rear-engine Beetle derivative for 50 years. The latest 911 isn’t my favorite—a certain 1996 model springs to mind—but it is the most reﬁned, balanced, and technically impressive 911 yet. Because it’s also a darn ﬁne sports car, it lands on our list.
The ﬂat-six is raspier and more powerful than ever, yet with auto start/stop and direct injection, it’s also cleaner and more efﬁcient. This car is roomier and longer than ever, too, yet it’s lighter and just as nimble on all four huge tires. A 911 is exorbitantly expensive any way you order it. Yet unlike some other high-strung exotics, a 911 is simple to buy and reliable. The new electrically assisted steering is a bit numb, but it’s not enough to fault the precision and tact of this iconic sports car. Here’s to another 50 years. --CA