However, you often hear the complaint that all current 911s pretty much look same. And if you ask critics such as ex-"Top Gear" host and longtime newspaper columnist Jeremy Clarkson, he'll tell you that all Porsche 911s since the model's debut in 1963 look identical.
The truth is, most of the various versions of the current generation of 911s do look similar, but they can all be identified by numerous subtle but important differences.
Like Taco Bell in the fast-food industry, what Porsche has managed to do so successfully is create multiple iterations of the 911 by mixing and matching the same ingredients, and packaging them in lots of different ways. And if you've ever driven a 911, you'll probably agree with me in saying ... there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Porsche is in the middle of transitioning the 911 lineup from the current generation — the 991 — to the next generation model known as the 991-2. The 991-2 features an updated chassis, upgraded aerodynamics and a new twin-turbocharged, flat-six-cylinder engine. Thus far, all the cars have been upgraded to 991-2 spec, with the exception of cars carrying the GTS and GT3 designation.
The transition is expected to be completed sometime next year.
So here it is — the most current lineup of Porsche's 911 Taco Bell menu.
Carrera: The Carrera is the "base" 911, if there is such as thing. The 991-2 Carrera powered by a 3.0-liter, 370-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, flat six ...
... and the Cabriolet is the convertible version of the Carrera.
The Carrera 4 Coupe is a Carrera Coupe with all-wheel drive ...
... and the Carrera 4 Cabriolet is the convertible variant.
The Carrera S gets a 50 hp boost from the base Carrera, thanks to larger turbochargers and an upgraded exhaust system on the 3.0-liter 420 hp flat-six engine ...
... and here's the convertible Cabriolet Carrera S.
The Carrera 4S is the Carrera S with all-wheel drive ...
... and the Carrera 4S Cabriolet is the convertible edition.
The Carrera GTS is a step up from the Carrera S and comes with a 3.8-liter boxer six engine — now with 430 hp ...
... and the Carrera GTS Cabriolet is yet another convertible version! Unlike other cars in the lineup, variants carrying the GTS name are still in 991 guise.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS is the GTS with all-wheel drive ...
... and Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet is, naturally, the accompanying convertible.
The Targa 4 is a Carrera 4 with an awesome electric lift-away roof!
While the Targa 4S is a Carrera 4S with the special "Targa" roof.
The Targa 4 GTS is a Carrera 4 GTS with the Targa roof. Like the other GTS cars, the Targa has not yet been upgraded to 991-2 spec.
The latest generation of the legendary Turbo gets a 540 hp version of the 3.8-liter flat six found in other 911 models. Thanks to a pair of monster turbochargers, the Turbo has become a benchmark vehicle for aspiring supercars everywhere.
There's a Turbo Cabriolet, as well.
The Turbo S is a Turbo with a 580 hp engine.
And of course ... a Turbo S Cabriolet is available, too!
Then there's the track-bred GT3. Although it doesn't have as much brute horsepower as the turbocharged editions, the GT3 is one of the most raw and race-ready of all the 911 variants. Power for the GT3 comes from a 475 hp version of the 3.8-liter flat six found in the GTS models. But there's is no cabriolet version of the GT3!
Finally, the GT3 RS. It's a GT3 with less weight and more Porsche racing technology. With a 500 hp, 4.0-liter flat six tucked away under the rear wing, the GT3 RS is simply the most hardcore 911 money can buy, costing $175,900. Like the GTS cars, the GT3 and GT3 RS have not yet been upgraded to 991-2 spec.