The Best Of The 80's Porsche Cars
Now In A Popular Car Racing Video Game
by Bill Flitter
Back in the 1980s, an extremely popular car poster that kids and teenagers hung on their bedroom wall was that of Porsche cars specifically the Porsche Carrera. A Carrera Cabriolet, to be exact. The name of the car translates loosely to career racing convertible, which stoked the fires of imagination for many young car enthusiasts.
The car had graceful lines, a sleek appeal, and you could tell it was fast just by looking at it. The Carrera Cabriolet is part of the famous 911 series, which was originally produced from 1963 through 1989 (Porsche still makes and sells 911s, but they are a modified version from the original). The starting cost of a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera is $91,100 and goes up to $203,000 for the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.
The Porsche Cars From The 80’s Now In Our Favorite Video Game
Besides hanging car posters on walls, teenagers in the 80s also shared a love for video games. For racing fans, that meant playing Pole Position. At the time, the game boasted state of the art graphics and the action was palpable. While the game wasn’t a Porsche car racing game specifically —players drove a generic Formula One race car. Pole Position would go on to become one of the most famous and influential car racing games. It set the stage for modern games such as Forza Motorsport.
Forza Motorsport Now Features Porsche Cars For The First Time
Forza Motorsport, developed by Turn 10 Studios, has been making the perennial game since 2010. The game is exclusively for the Xbox 360 and now for the Xbox One. The game never featured Porsche, because the car company originally signed a deal with Electronic Arts for the Need For Speed series. This a franchise that has lost traction over the years.
Play Over 60 years’ Worth Of Porsche Cars
Now, all that has changed. Porsche and Microsoft signed a six year deal. This means you can now race Porsche on your Xbox One for both Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6. You do have to purchase an expansion pack to race the cars, which is around $20, but if you don’t have six figures for a brand new car, then spending roughly $60 on the main game and the expansion pack can suddenly appear very enticing.
For the Forza Motorsport 6 game, the Porsche expansion allows you to play over 60 years’ worth of Porsche cars, including 20 different cars. The collection of cars includes everything from the 1957 356A Speedster to the 2015 #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid.
The Porsche expansion includes three different cars from the 1980s. These cars will take you back to a time when you daydreamed about racing that Porsche hanging on your bedroom wall. Now, those cars can appear on your TV screen and you can race them and crash them as much as you please without risking a single bit of damage to yourself (or the racetrack for that matter).
5 Porsche Cars From The 80s
- 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3—This car features flared wheel arches and a definitive whale-tail.
- 1987 Porsche #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c—Boasts 41 wins in the World Sportscar Championship. Additionally, 6 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- 1987 Porsche 959—Only 230 of these cars were built. They sold for $225,000 even though they cost $500,000 to make. Porsche called it an investment and was hoping to use the technology for other models.
- 1998 Porsche #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1 98—Delivered a 0-60 time of 3.3 secs. It’s 0-100 time was six seconds flat. A top speed of 194 mph placed it among the fastest of its time.
- 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo—Boasting 250 horsepower from its four-cylinder 8-valve 2.5-liter engine. It does a quarter mile in about 14 seconds, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 162 mph.
Over to You
You can race all of these Porsche cars on the Virginia International Raceway. This a brand new track for the Forza franchise. Are you considering a Porsche? Which model catches your eye?