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10 Alternatives To The Porsche 911: Challenging Stuttgart’s Reigning Champion
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10 Alternatives To The Porsche 911: Challenging Stuttgart’s Reigning Champion

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June 13,2024
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It is never easy to take on a champion and win, especially when that champion is none other than the Porsche 911. It was the Stuttgart automaker’s aim to make one of the best sports cars in the world, something it achieved really well when it launched the 911 in the early 1960s. Today, the 992 Porsche 911 represents the eighth generation and is still one of the most successful sports cars ever produced.

However, what if you are looking for options within this high-end luxury performance segment? Well, we have a list of 10 alternatives to the Porsche 911 that are fantastic in their own right, in case you do not wish to buy a Porsche 911. Meanwhile, if you are interested in checking out used Porsche cars in Dubai or even used cars in Sharjah, YallaMotor has you covered.

Performance specs of the Porsche 911

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The Porsche 911 Turbo S comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 641 hp and 800 Nm of torque. The Turbo S gets an 8-speed PDK automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels, enabling a top speed of 330 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 2.7 seconds.

Interestingly, the erstwhile rear-wheel drive Porsche 911 GT2 RS got a 3.6-liter flat-six that made 700 hp and 750 Nm, breaching 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and boasting a top whack of 340 km/h. Meanwhile, the price of the new Porsche 911 Turbo S in the UAE starts from AED 889,900.

1. BMW M4

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Sticking to Germany for the moment, we have the BMW M4. Just like the Porsche 911, the BMW M4 is available in Coupe and Convertible forms. Where the Turbo S is the most powerful and fastest Porsche 911, the Bavarians have the BMW M4 Competition Coupe. It is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with BMW’s M TwinPower turbocharger, producing 530 hp and 650 Nm of torque.

The turbocharged six-cylinder engine is mated to an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and comes with M xDrive all-wheel drive technology. In its most aggressive avatar, the BMW M4 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h – if you pay BMW extra dough for the M Driver's Package, that limit will be raised to 290 km/h. Speaking of which, a new BMW M4 Competition Coupe can easily set you back over AED 1 million.

2. Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe

In case you want to explore another German option, there is the drop-dead gorgeous Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe. This two-door, 2+2-seat coupe from Affalterbach is powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that manages 577 hp and 800 Nm of torque in the AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ Coupe. The turbos of the M177 engine utilize the so-called “hot inner V” layout, keeping them primed for throttle inputs.

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The sports exhaust system sounds just as good as one would hope – it crackles and pops enthusiastically on quick downshifts. The eight-cylinder engine in the AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ drives all four wheels via a 9-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and when needed, it can split the power 50:50 between the front & rear axles.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ Coupe has a top speed of 315 km/h, going from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. The cost of a brand-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 4MATIC+ Coupe in the UAE starts from AED 1,128,250.

3. Audi R8

While the latest iteration of the Audi R8 is not yet on sale brand-new in the UAE, there are several examples available in the used car market. Since the outgoing model has barely changed in the past few years, buying a used Audi R8 (Coupe or Convertible) will not exactly be a cheapskate move. Far sportier-looking than its BMW and Mercedes counterparts, this mid-engine Audi from Neckarsulm comes with a soul-energizing V10!

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This naturally-aspirated engine displaces 5.2 liters and churns out 602 hp and 550 Nm of torque in the Performance model. The Audi R8 Performance is equipped with Audi’s Quattro AWD system (with a slight rear bias) and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, while the top speed is 324 km/h. The price of a used Audi R8 Performance could be around AED 800,000 for a low mileage, well-maintained GCC model.

4. Lexus LC500

Absolutely breathtaking to look at and hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun, we have the Lexus LC500. Offered as a Coupe and a Convertible, the LC500 is one of the few modern sports cars to be offered with an unapologetic 5.0-liter V8 engine with no forced induction and an unadulterated sound note that small-capacity engines simply cannot match.

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Even though it is old-school by nature, the eight-cylinder engine of the Lexus LC500 features titanium intake & exhaust valves, direct fuel injection, performance-tuned variable valve timing, and a redline of 7,300 rpm. Along with 471 hp and 539 Nm of torque, the LC500’s active exhaust system and a specially designed resonance tube that connects the intake to the forward firewall, produce some fantastic sound.

The Lexus LC500 uses a 10-speed automatic transmission from Aisin, which exclusively drives the 20-inch rear wheels. With a top speed of 270 km/h and accelerating to 100 km/h in around 4.5 seconds, the LC500 might not be as rapid as some of the other cars on this list, but the Lexus offers great chassis control, excellent powertrain smoothness and reliability few can compete with. The Lexus LC500 costs between AED 455,000 and AED 485,000.

5. Nissan GT-R

Another Japanese legend, the Nissan GT-R (R35) requires no formal introduction – everyone knows and respects ‘Godzilla’. Similar to the R8, the latest GT-R is not yet available in the UAE, though it has been launched in Japan and USA, among other markets. Hand-assembled in a hermetically-sealed facility by exceedingly pedantic Takumi technicians, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 of the GT-R develops up to 592 hp and 652 Nm.

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The sportier GT-R Nismo gets a titanium exhaust system, Brembo carbon disc brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential, Recaro carbon bucket seats, and a carbon-fiber roof, hood, bootlid, a rear wing, etc. The six-cylinder engine of the Nissan GT-R is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while 0-100 km/h comes up in 3 seconds or less, and the top speed is about 320 km/h. The previous Nissan GT-R had a price tag of around AED 500,000.

6. Jaguar F-Type

Available in Coupe and Convertible avatars, the Jaguar F-Type has to be one of the prettiest cars of the modern era. Priced from AED 298,305 to AED 637,980 in the UAE, the Jaguar F-Type is relatively more affordable than some of its competitors. The F-Type R is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 567 hp and 700 Nm of torque.

With Active Exhaust, not only does this eight-cylinder engine make some of the most eargasmic sounds, it also propels the Jaguar F-Type R up to a top speed of 300 km/h. Equipped with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled via steering-mounted paddles, the F-Type R can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

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The Jaguar F-Type R can be had with a Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system, rear electronic active differential, Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, aluminum double wishbone suspension all around with continuously-variable dampers, Torque Vectoring by Braking, and Pirelli P Zero tires – basically, the F-Type R is an enthusiast’s wet dream and handles like one too!

7. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

One of the most widely-known sports cars of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Chevrolet Corvette is an absolute American icon. Sold in the 3LZ Coupe and the 3LZ Convertible variants in the UAE, the mid-engine Corvette Z06 gets the most powerful naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder engine in a production car. Despite its relatively modest displacement, the 5.5-liter LT6 V8 still cranks out 670 hp and 623.8 Nm of torque.

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Featuring a flat-plane crankshaft, a dry-sump oiling system, and an active exhaust system, the LT6 V8 engine of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 redlines at an incredible 8,600 rpm and sounds utterly hair-raising throughout its rev range. The rear-wheel drive Corvette Z06 makes it to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds, while claiming a top speed of over 310 km/h. The Z06 is blisteringly fast – both in a straight line and also around a track.

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, high-performance suspension with Magnetic Selective Ride Control, dedicated rear-brake cooling ducts, and Performance Data Recorder – the Z06 can achieve up to 1.22 G of lateral force. In the UAE, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 costs around AED 596,700 for the Coupe and AED 624,800 for the Convertible.

8. Ferrari Roma

The Ferrari Roma is one of the latest models from Maranello, being offered in Coupe and Convertible (‘Spider’ in Ferrari speak). Starting from around AED 900,000 in the UAE, the Ferrari Roma has a 2+2 seating layout and is powered by a 3.9-liter Ferrari F154 engine. This turbocharged V8 produces 611 hp and 760 Nm, driving the rear wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox borrowed/inspired by the SF90 Stradale’s.

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The Ferrari Roma’s performance takes advantage of modern features like Variable Boost Management, Side Slip Control, Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, a flat-plane crankshaft, and an electrically activated rear spoiler with three different positions. Even though it tips the scales at 1,570 kg, the Ferrari Roma has a top speed of over 320 km/h and can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.

9. Aston Martin Vantage

Introduced in 2018, the Aston Martin Vantage has been facelifted for the 2025 model year. Marketed as the “fastest nameplate” in the British brand’s history, the new Aston Martin Vantage gets a hand-built eight-cylinder engine, which is a thoroughly reworked unit found in the previous-generation Vantage. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 now develops 656 hp and 800 Nm of torque, powering the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.

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With its renewed and mightier heart beating under the hood, the 2025 Aston Martin Vantage is capable of clocking 325 km/h and breaching 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. An electronically controllable exhaust, a carbon-fiber prop shaft, an electronic differential, Adaptive Damping System, Positive Torque Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring, meaning that the new Vantage goes as hard as promised. Tick enough options boxes, and the Aston Martin Vantage can cost over AED 1 million.

10. Maserati GranTurismo

The final contender on our list also hails from Italy – more specifically, from Turin. The Maserati GranTurismo is now in its latest-generation avatar and costs from AED 689,000. Just like the Roma, the GranTurismo is a front mid-engine GT car that has been designed to cover long distances but still be fun to belt around a track.

maserati granturismo

In the high-performance GranTurismo Trofeo version, the powerplant in question is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder Nettuno engine with Maserati Twin Combustion (MTC) technology. This V6 engine produces 542 hp and 650 Nm of torque while spinning all four corners through an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The GranTurismo Trofeo can touch 100 km/h in around 3.5 seconds or so, going on to hit a top speed of 320 km/h.

While it isn’t as quick as the 911 Turbo S or as powerful as the Roma, the Maserati has plenty of charisma and design that drips svelte. It also gets multiple drive modes like Comfort, GT, Sport, and Corsa – the last two modes having the option to utilize Launch Control as well. The new Nettuno V6 engine has plenty of punch and can even be economical, but it lacks the guttural soundtrack of the former N/A V8.

Before you leave, here’s a reminder that YallaMotor has listings of Dubai cars for sale, pre owned cars in Abu Dhabi, and an extensive catalogue of new car prices in Dubai.

 

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