The most basic version of the Porsche 911 Carrera has now been unveiled. Porsche chose to detune the twin-turbocharged flat-six engine and downgrade some of the chassis components. These cars offer very good performance and driving dynamics for a slightly lower price. While marginally larger and heavier than the 991-generation model it replaced, the 992 is also more advanced. Power climbs by 15 bhp from the 991 Carrera, to 379 bhp @ 6500 rpm, which is more than enough horsepower for the street. Read More
Current Porsche 911 Lineup
The 2022 Porsche 911 is nearly perfect. It has all the luxury items you come to expect with a pricey car and it has more than enough performance to satisfy anybody. The problem for any buyer of course, is that there are so many 911 variants on sale today that knowing which one to choose is really hard. Depending on the "regular" variant you choose, you get between 379 and 473 horsepower. The base car is fast enough, but we would choose the S since we love the extras. For 2022, the GTS trim level joins the 911 family. Along with a 473-hp version of the lineup's ubiquitous twin-turbo flat-six, it's available with an eight-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive. The GTS is offered in all three body styles, too. Its most notable features include a specially tuned suspension as well as 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels with black center locks as seen on the 911 Turbo. To celebrate 50 years of Porsche Design, a limited number (750) of special-edition 911 Targas will be offered.
Porsche 911 Generations
The Porsche 911 was developed as a much more powerful, larger, more comfortable replacement for the Porsche 356. The new car made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. The first generation is referred to as the F-Body or F-Series cars. The G-series was only produced for the 1974 model year, and was followed by the H, J, K, and so on. We refer to them a "G-Model" or "Second Generation 911s" because they are all new bumper designs. In March-April 1984 the future 911 Carrera was internally designated as project 964 and the successor to the 911 Turbo as project 965. Although the 964-generation 911 didn't look very different compared to the previous G-model 911, the 964 was a new car in many ways. The Porsche 993 was manufactured and sold between January 1994 and early 1998 and it's discontinuation marked the end of air-cooled 911 models. The 996 generation was next, and it was the first all new chassis platform since the original 911 and the introduction of an all-new, water-cooled flat six engine. The 997 was an evolution of the preceding 996, with the most significant changes being interior and exterior styling, the most notable being the replacement of the "fried egg" headlamps. A new S version was offered, with additional power from a slightly larger engine, sports suspension, and sports exhaust. The 2012 model 911, internally (and confusingly) called the 991, was introduced at the IAA Frankfurt on September 15, 2011. The Porsche 992 was the internal designation for the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 sports car. Introduced at the Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles on November 27, 2018, the 992 generation was larger, faster and more digital.
Porsche 911 (F-Body) (1st Gen) Special Models
There were several motorsport and special edition 911s in the first generation. The 911R was a very limited production racing version of the 911 whose concept would ultimately set the standard for GT racing domination for the next 40 years. The first 4 prototypes surfaced in the spring of 1967. Most famously, the Carrera RS debuted in October 1972 at the Paris Motor Show. It was the fastest production 911 and a solid race winner. Some feel it is still the best 911 ever built.
Porsche 911 (G-Body) (2nd Gen) Special Models
There were several basic special edition models throughout the second generation 911s lifecycle that were nothing more than design exercises, but there were also some really interesting models too. Following the famous 1973 F-model 911 Carrera RS 2.7, Porsche built its successor based on the G-model and it was called the 911 Carrera RS 3.0. With its new 3.0-liter engine, featuring mechanical fuel injection, it was capable of 230 hp and boy, was it rare, with only 56 made. Then there was the Option M491 which was called the 'Supersport' in the UK, and commonly referred to as the 'Turbo-look'. The M491 option closely resembled the Model 930 Turbo with it's exterior styling that included flared wheel arches and the classic rear spoiler. There was also the 911 Carrera Club Sport, or 911 Carrera CS. A total of 340 of these cars were built and they were built specifically for club racing and included a blueprinted engine with hollow intake valves, a higher rev limit, spartan interiors and zero power options - in an effort to save weight, of course. There was also the Speedster, a 2 seater, low-roof version of the Cabriolet, reminiscent of the model 356 Speedster of the 50's.
Porsche 911 (964) (3rd Gen) Models
After the 964 Carrera 4 was introduced, effectively solving many of the oversteer tendencies of the previous generation, a rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 was added 6 months later. The Carrera 2 was actually the rear-wheel drive version of the car which packed almost the same technical specifications as the base model. In addition to the base model Carrera Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa versions, the 1990 Porsche 911 offerings also included a Type 964 Turbo option. In 1992, the Porsche 911 Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 3.6 liter power plant delivering 320 horsepower. At the end of 964 production in 1994, the Porsche factory had some 90 Turbo chassis left and created a very special Turbo 3.6 S model with 380 horsepower.
Porsche 911 (964) (3rd Gen) Special Models
Several special edition 964s were made. In 1992 there was the America Roadster which was essentially a turbo-bodied cabriolet for the US market. There was also the Porsche 964 Speedster, based on the 964 Carrera 2 platform. More than three quarters (641) of the 800 built had the “Turbo look” wide-body option. In 1992, Porsche produced a super-lightweight, rear-wheel-drive only version of the 964 dubbed Carrera RS for the European market using their “Carrera Cup” race car as a base. There was also a heavier Touring variant (with sound deadening, power seats (optional), undercarriage protection and power windows) and an N/GT racing variant with a stripped, blank metal interior and a roll cage. A later ultra-limited production version, the Carrera 3.8 RS featured the Turbo body and a 300 bhp, bored out 3.8 liter motor was sold briefly in Europe.
Porsche 911 (993) (4th Gen) Models
The 993 generation was the last in the line of the “classic” Porsche experience for many enthusiasts. The 993 had several variants, as its predecessors, varying in body style, engines, drivetrains, and included equipment. The Carrera was available in rear- and all-wheel drive versions. The Cabriolet, introduced simultaneously alongside the coupé in April 1994 for the 1995 model year, featured a fully electrical and hand-stitched soft top. Porsche also offered the 993 Carrera as an all-wheel drive version called the Carrera 4. The Targa version of the 993 was introduced in the 1996 model year and was the debut of the so-called "greenhouse" system. The 993 Turbo coupé was introduced in 1995. It featured a new twin-turbocharged engine displacing 3.6 liters and generating a maximum power output of more than 402 hp. During the second-to-last year of production of the 993 (1997), Porsche offered the 993 Turbo S, which was manufactured by Porsche Exclusiv department. The most interesting mainstream models introduced during the 993 generation was the Carrera 4 S (1996) and the later rear-wheel drive Carrera S (1997). They both shared the Turbo model's bodyshell, but housed the naturally aspirated engine in the rear.
Porsche 911 (993) (4th Gen) Special Models
Just like its predecessor, the 993 spawned a couple of higher-performance versions. There was the Carrera RS and the GT2. The latter was the first of its kind, kicking off a new twin-turbo flat-six era. The first GT2 was developed as a full-fledged race car for GT2 class racing, but Porsche also created a road-going version for homologation purposes. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 424 horsepower and 432 pound-feet (586 Nm) of torque, it was Porsche's most potent vehicle back then. In 1998, the output increased to an even more impressive 444 horses. The race-spec GT2 was the most radical incarnation of the 993 with its twin-turbo flat-six delivered 450 horsepower and was tweaked for endurance racing. Porsche also created a GT2 Evo version for GT1 class racing that was good for 600 horsepower. The most interesting special model in the 993 range is the 993 Turbo Cabriolet, a limited edition run that actually had a 993 body with 964 Turbo running gear. While the Turbo Cab was rare at 14 units, the 993 Speedster was the ultimate unicorn, with only two units ever produced. The 993 Carrera RS is a lightweight, stiffer version of the naturally-aspirated 993 Carrera meant for ultimate street performance.
Porsche 911 (996) (5th Gen) Models
Manufactured between 1997 and 2005, the 996 split opinion among Porsche purists as it was the first 911 to feature a water-cooled engine. However, it proved a hit with the wider motoring public and worldwide sales figures of over 175,000 made it one of the company’s most popular cars ever. Those sales were split across a cadre of regular model variants that we were used to seeing as well as some ones. The M96 3.4 liters was found in the base Carrera coupe and cabriolet, making 296 horsepower and 258 ft lbs of torque. The Carrera 4 coupe and cabriolet models came next, also powered by the same engine. These models were joined by the hardcore GT2 and the ultra-quick Turbo for the 2001 model year, both equipped with a 3.6-litre, twin-turbocharged and intercooled flat-six engine. All 996s got a major refresh in 2002, along with a bigger engine and the new Targa and Carrera 4S models newly introduced, as well as a visual update. The base engine, now displacing 3.6 liters, was rated at 320 horsepower and 273 ft lbs of torque. The Targa model got a sliding glass "green house" roof system (like it had in the 993) and also featured a rear glass hatch which gave the driver access to the storage compartment. The Carrera 4S was the pick of the standard models, sharing the wide-body look of the Turbo as well as the brakes and suspension.
Porsche 911 (996) (5th Gen) Special Models
For the road we also saw some very special 996 variants. Porsche offered a special edition of the 996 for the year 2000, named the 911 Millennium edition, it was based on the Carrera 4 coupé and had a cool Violet Chromaflair paint and turbo-polished wheels. The "40th Anniversary Edition" was built to celebrate the 911's 40-year history in 2003. It got the 996 Turbo's front-end, and was available only in GT Silver metallic paint and came with the X51 power kit. The GT2 was the turbocharged counterpart to the GT3. It had rear-wheel drive, and a re-tuned version of the 996 Turbo's 3.6 litre, twin-turbocharged engine featuring larger turbochargers and intercoolers. The result was 477 hp and 0 - 60 mph in just on 4 seconds. In 2005, Porsche introduced the Turbo S model available as either a coupé or cabriolet. The Turbo S was essentially a 996 Turbo with the X50 option but also included PCCB, 6-disc CD changer and aluminum-faced instruments. The final special edition worth mentioning it the 996 GT3 RS, a sharpened version of the Mk.2 GT3, built for track use and it was the homologation model for the GT3 race-car. It was the forbidden fruit for the U.S. and Canadian customers.
Porsche 911 (997) (6th Gen) Models
By the time the 997 generation 911 came around in 2005, Porsche was starting to have some more consistency in the core model offerings. There was the Carrera and Carrera S, Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S - all available in both coupe and cabriolet bodystyles. It was followed by the Turbo coupe and cabriolet models. In addition to the coupé and cabriolet versions, Targa versions of the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S were also available (Targa 4 and Targa 4S), which carried on with the "glass canopy" roof design. During 2009, Porsche updated the 997 line-up including styling changes, a revised engine with direct injection and the introduction of the company's new "PDK" dual clutch transmission. As a result, the updated 997 models were faster, lighter and more fuel efficient than the outgoing versions, with improved handling. In the case of the 997 Turbo, a comprehensively re-tuned all wheel drive system with an optional "torque vectoring" system was also a part of the upgrades package. The 2009 onward models were known as the 997.2 models.
Porsche 911 (997) (6th Gen) Special Models
There was no shortage of special edition 911 during the 997 years. First up was the 911 Club Coupe, a limited (50 units) Carrera S coupé with X51 Powerkit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America. Late in generation's run was another Carrera S based stunner called the Sport Classic special, that sold all 250 units in under 48 hours. The first higher performance special was the 997 GT3, a way for Porsche to homologate aero features for racing. It was followed by the GT3 RS, stripped of all luxuries and even more track focused than the "base" GT3. The 996 GT2 was superseded by the 997 GT2, and was the most powerful and fastest road-going 911 ever to have been sold to the public with 523 bhp and 502 ft lbs of torque. The 997 received a mid-cycle refresh in 2008 for the 2009 model year and so did many of the specials. The Turbo S was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 and the updated Porsche 911 GT3 was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The 997.2 GT3 got a new 3.8-litre flat-6 engine was now rated at 429 bhp at 7,600 rpm and with a maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. The 997.2 GT3 RS followed, with a higher engine power output, lower weight and shorter transmission ratios, as well as having upgraded body and suspension components. The craziest 997 generation special was the GT2 RS. The 3.6 litre twin-turbocharged Flat-6 engine had a crazy 612 bhp and weighed 154 lb less than the outgoing GT2. . The best 997 generation car was the final evolution of the 997, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. It featured a 4.0-litre engine utilizing the crankshaft from the GT3 RSR with increased stroke dimensions that increased power to 493 bhp at 8,250 rpm and 339 ft lbs of torque at 5,750 rpm.
Porsche 911 (991) (7th Gen) Models
There are too many "regular" 911 models to mention in just this paragraph. In fact, during the 991 911 generation we saw a total of 35 individual models (not including special edition cars). The base Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S were all available as both coupe and convertible bodystyles and were made as both 991.1 and 991.2 models. The Targa 4 and Targa 4S are both all-wheel drive and likewise were available in both generations. The Carrera GTS range grew, now with five models (GTS Coupe, GTS Cabriolet, 4 GTS Coupe, 4 GTS Cabriolet and Targa GTS). The 911 Turbo and Turbo Cabriolet continued to sit at the top of the regular range, with an entirely new Carrera T variant making an appearance in 2018 as a refreshingly simple carl with just the basics for a great driving experience. The biggest difference between the 991.1 and 991.2 cars is obviously the change from naturally aspirated engines to the turbocharged flat-six unit, as well as some design tweaks and a much improved PCM and entertainment system. The Carrera T was the only regular model not offered as a 991.1 generation car.
Porsche 911 (991) (7th Gen) Special Models
The special editions is where it gets fun for the 991 generation 911. The anniversary edition was a stunning design exercise coupled with a tasty powerkit fettled 430 hp flat 6. The 991 generation GT3 was immediately polarizing when released thanks to no manual option, yet it still blew away every driver, taking performance cars to a new level (yet again). The Turbo S models continued to wow with their stupid-fast speed and GT-comfort, while the track-focused GT3 RS was still the weapon of choice for the track-rats. The finest 991.1 car though was definitely the 911 R, thanks to its 4-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Probably the best 911 of the modern era. For the 991.2 special edition cars Porsche listened to its buyers and released the 911 GT3 with a manual gearbox option as well as giving us the GT3 Touring option (no wings, subtler look, manual only) and a new Speedster model that proved that manuals are just better (always). There was no doubt that the 991.2 GT2 RS was the pinnacle of the 991 generation in terms of sheer performance.
Porsche 911 (992) (8th Gen) Models
The first models to debut were the Carrera S and Carrera 4S. Both models are powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine. The Carrera S and Carrera 4S Cabriolet followed a few months later, while the base Carrera and Carrera 4 was introduced in mid-2019. Porsche announced the Targa cars a year later, in May 2020. As expected the Targa models are powered by the 3.0 liter as the Carrera 4 and 4S. All models now have the widebody design so telling them apart is harder than ever. In mid-2021 we saw the full range of the five GTS models announced and as expected they were all well-specced, almost perfect out of the box. The top of the regular model lineup is still the 911 Turbo and Turbo Cabriolet, both with 572 hp and all-wheel drive sure-footedness.
Porsche 911 (992) (8th Gen) Special Models
Introduced in March 2020, the 992 Turbo S and Turbo S Cabriolet were the first special edition 992 generation cars. The Turbo S has a twin-turbocharged 3.7-litre flat-6 engine rated with 640 hp and 590 ft lbs of torque. The engine is based on the 3.0 litre unit found in the Carrera models and has a slightly shorter stroke than that of the outgoing Turbo S engine. Acceleration is insane, with 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds (2.7 seconds for the convertible) and top speed is 205 mph. Both the turbochargers and the air intake system are larger, with the latter now being located directly behind the engine instead of in the rear fenders as on previous 911 Turbo models. As always, the Turbo S gets lots of added extras included standard versus the "base" Turbo models, including Porsche dynamic chassis control (PDCC), rear-axle steering and ceramic composite brakes. In February 2021, Porsche introduced the 992's GT3 version. It uses the same 4.0 litre naturally aspirated flat-6 as the 991.2 generation, now producing and producing 500 bhp and 338 ft lbs of torque. Porsche spent a lot of time optimizing aero and managing weight. the GT3 features a large rear spoiler with larger air vents, a bigger diffuser, two large exhaust connections, bucket seats in its interior, and an optional roll cage. Porsche also introduced double-wishbone suspension, making the car stiffer and more stable with less body movements under braking. In short, the 992-gen GT3 has stiffer, faster-reacting damping, but with more comfort than before. The 992 GT3 recently set a lap time at Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:55.34 minutes.
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