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Porsche 997 Model Guides
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 997 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 The 996 GT2 was superseded by the 997 GT2, and was the most powerful and fastest road-going 911 ever to have been sold to the public with 523 bhp and 502 ft lbs of torque.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. It was insane, and was the fastest and the most powerful 911 built of its generation. While the 997.2 GT2 RS was special, 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. Chassis development was influenced by the GT2 RS and uses parts sourced from other RS 911 models. Production was limited to only 600 cars and we would go as far as saying it was the best 911 ever made.
Porsche 997 Motorsport Racing Models
Porsche continued to invest heavily in developing motorsports models throughout the 997s lifecycle. The 997 GT3 Cup was a huge part of that investment. Replacing the 996 GT3 Cup, the 997 Cup's 3.6 litre engine was rated at 394 hp and was mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. In 2009, the GT3 Cup received several 997.2 updates including a new 3.8 litre engine. The Cup cars continued to be tweaked and improved each season. There was also the GT3 Cup S in 2008. In contrast to the GT3 Cup, the body of the Cup S was not based on the road-going GT3 but on the GT3 RS. In the wider wheel arches, considerably larger wheels can now be mounted and several suspension components for the GT3 Cup S were taken from the more powerful GT3 RSR. For the 2010 motorsport season, Porsche developed the 911 GT3 R, based on the international FIA GT3 regulations. The main focus in developing this new model was on even better drivability and even easier handling. It was powered by a 4.0 liter six-cylinder with 480 bhp transmitted to the rear axle by a sequential six-speed dog gearbox. For 2007 there was a new 2007 911 GT3 RSR (type 997), built for the American Le Mans Series and other world GT races. It was based on the street 911 GT3 RS. It continued its development over the life of the 997 with improvements each season. The most interesting racing 997 models however were the new hybrid cars. During the Geneva Motor Show, a Porsche 911 GT3 R with innovative hybrid drive made its debut, opening up a new chapter in the history of Porsche. The following year a Version 2 was introduced, continuing to develop what would be core to Porsche's future racing success.
Porsche 911 Type 997 Specs & Performance Summary
Below we have outlined some summary stats on the technical specs and performance for some of the main 997 models. The base Carrera with its (basically) same 3.6 L flat-6 from 996 Carrera was inline with the old 996 in terms of performance. The Carrera S models however used a new 3.8 L flat-6 engine, and you can see in the numbers it made a big difference to performance. There was also a X51 Powerkit is available for S, 4S, Targa models, which increased engine power (below numbers are based on non-X51 cars). As expected, the 997 911 Turbo was the monster in terms of straight-line speed. Most journalists were actually able to get even better numbers than Porsche stated. The 997.2 update in 2009 for all models improved performance across the board thanks to stronger mid-range torque. For some fun, we added the 997 GT2 RS performance numbers so you can see just how insane that car was versus the rest of the 997-era variants.
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