If you know cars, you know Porsche. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer produces some of the finest race-bred cars in the world, and has earned a stellar reputation on, and off the track. Whether you’re looking to buy in the near (or distant) future, or just an enthusiast, the PorscheArchive app from developer Jeff Maynard is a worthy investment.
The PorscheArchive offers a complete description of basically every Porsche model ever made, from the 365 right up to the new Panamera. Once you fire up the app, there are five categories that you can explore that cover Porsche’s complete range of cars: 911s, Rear Engined, Front Engined, Mid-Engined and Others (SUV etc). To find a particular car you select your category then choose a date range (i.e 1989 – 1998 or 1999 – present), then on the next screen, a particular year and model. Tapping on the one you’re interested in – say a ’97-98 911 Carerra S – brings up an overview of the model, complete specifications, how to spot/did you know, as well as a photo of the car. There are over a hundred 911 models listed alone – the sheer amount of content is impressive.
In addition to the model descriptions and information, PorscheArchive also has a built-in VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) decoder. With the VIN decoder, you can confirm the manufacturing details of any Porsche built after 1980 – in real time. This is a great tool for anyone who is serious about purchasing and wants to make sure they’re getting what they’re paying for.
For what the PorscheArchive sets out to do, it does extremely well. It’s your one-stop guide to Porsche. The only features I’d like to see included in an update are a search function, and a rough guide to current prices. Regardless, for anyone with an interest – PorscheArchive comes highly recommended.
PorscheArchive requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod Touch.