• Nov 16, 2009
A Trio of Porsche 911s - click above for high-res image gallery

And if you get 'em all right, you get a chance to win your way into a Porsche 911 Evolution driving course. Which, we have to say, is pretty dang cool. Here's how it works. Porsche has the challenge broken up into five categories. You hit play and guess which engine you're listening to. We went ahead and gave it the old college try and, uh, it's incredibly difficult. Like, we bet that Porsche mechanics would have a difficult time getting all five correct.

But never mind that, because it's fun! The first category (Carrera) wants you to guess between a 964, a 996 and a 997. Second is "Classic" where you must distinguish between a RS 2.7, RS 3.0 and RS 3.8. Good luck with that one. Next up is "Race Derived" and the choices are 964 RS 3.8, 996 GT3 and 997 GT3. Hard, right? Because air-cooled boxer motors pretty much sound alike, even when they get water cooled. Well, actually...

The test now turns difficult, as the next category is "Turbo." This is especially hard as most Turbos do little more than shuffle about town from mall to mall -- meaning it's rare to hear one at full clip. And you've got to distinguish between the 930, 996 and 997. Lastly, you have "Motorsport," and whether or not the car is the 935, 911 GT1 or 936 it don't matter, as the sound is just glorious. See -- we mean hear -- for yourself.



[Source: Porsche]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 22 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      They all sound like a lawnmower to me and are visually just a fastback beetle, a very fast pregnant roller skate! (go ahead, vote me down, I don't care!)
        • 5 Years Ago
        From a guy that likely owns a C4 Vette. Just kidding, I have owned 3 Corvettes including a C4 (LT4 6speed) but I would rather have a Porsche any day but reality always intervenes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        haha, says the guy with a C4 Vette in his sig
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guessed on all of them. Probably got one or two right at best. Listening to those sound clips through my studio headphones was awesome though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I drive a 996. When I was a kid, my Dad went through 4 Porsches.

        I only picked the old Turbo correctly.

        Guess I'm not the fanatic I thought I was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet, you can download these sound clips. Ringtones, anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone have the answers because it says you have to be right in order to be submitted to the contest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess they should have a "What Porsche are you looking at?" quiz too. I'm not sure anybody would be able to differentiate between them.

      /JK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You may be just kidding, but it's so true
      • 5 Years Ago
      I got them all right... quite easy really. Only issue is I live in New Zealand :'(
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's unbeleviable how MUCH better looking is the oldest(read REAL) 911 compared to the wimpy newer model......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why couldn't they have just thrown us a bone and included a Carrera GT? No way anyone could mistake that for anything else. Best sounding car ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The very last one is a dead give away, if you miss it, for shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I got 4 possibly all 5. I dunno. Wish I lived in the UK now........

      • 5 Years Ago
      they all sound the same... like a tractor :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like my new background for my desktop.
    • Load More Comments