If there is one German automaker that best personifies the German identity it's Porsche. For unlike Mercedes-Benz, Porsche represents the contemporary family extension of but one man, and that man - Ferdinand Porsche - was there at the beginning of Europe's auto industry, was connected to winning machinery for both Mercedes and Auto-Union during the '30s, designed (under contract) the People's Car for Hitler prior to World War II and, in the war's aftermath, lent his name and inspiration to the Porsche sports car concept, 356/1. That's a lot of work for one guy. And the Porsche family is still intimately connected with the company's Stuttgart management; a grandson designed the 911, while another grandson of the elder Porsche, Ferdinand Piech, was responsible for the LeMans-winning 917 and, later, served as chairman of the Volkswagen Group.
On today's Porsche showroom you'll find a handful of iconic sports and GT cars (Boxster, Cayman and 911) sitting amidst a larger gathering of crossovers (Macan and Cayenne) and a sedan (Panamera). The least expensive models - although hardly entry level - are the Boxster and Macan, both starting at around $50K; the most dear are numerous variations of the Porsche 911, which can now easily nudge $200K. Fun is where you find it, but a good argument could be made for the top-down Boxster, while an equally good argument could be made for a 911 Turbo S. And the best way to get into a new Porsche is often through the purchase of a used Porsche, especially if 'used' is actually a certified pre-owned example. With warranty.
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