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Porsche 911 991.1 Carrera (2011-2015)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: Coupé 2011 August 23, Cabriolet 2011 November 22, 4WD 2012 August 27, 911-50 2013 June 6, Targa 2014 January 13, GTS 2014 October 8
Premiere: Coupé September 15, 2011 IAA Frankfurt, Cabriolet January 9, 2012 NAIAS Detroit, 4WD September 27, 2012 Paris Motorshow, 911-50 September 12, 2013 IAA Frankfurt, Targa January 13, 2014 NAIAS Detroit
World market launch: Coupé 2011 December 3, Cabriolet 2012 March 3, 4WD end of 2012, 911-50 2013 September 23, Targa 2014 May, GTS 2014 November

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Technical specifications - Coupé

Modification Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lbs W/lbs W/kg
911 991 Carrera Coupé 3.4B6 257 287 390 manual 7-speed 4.6 sec. 4.8 sec. 179 289 1380 3042 84.5 186
          PDK 7-speed 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 4.6 sec./*4.4 sec. 178 287 1400 3086 83.3 184
911 991 Carrera S Coupé 3.8B6 294 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.3 sec. 4.5 sec. 189 304 1395 3075 95.6 211
          PDK 7-speed 4.1 sec./*3.9 sec. 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 188 302 1415 3120 94.2 208
911 991 Carrera S WLS Coupé 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 191 308 1395 3075 103 227
          PDK 7-speed 4.0 sec./*3.8 sec. 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 190 306 1415 3120 101 223
911 991 Carrera GTS Coupé 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 190 306 1425 3142 101 222
          PDK 7-speed *3.8 sec. *4.0 sec. 189 304 1445 3186 99.2 219
911 991 Carrera 4 Coupé 3.4B6 257 287 390 manual 7-speed 4.7 sec. 4.9 sec. 177 285 1430 3153 81.5 180
          PDK 7-speed 4.5 sec./*4.3 sec. 4.7 sec./*4.5 sec. 176 283 1450 3197 80.4 177
911 991 Carrera 4S Coupé 3.8B6 294 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.3 sec. 4.5 sec. 186 299 1445 3186 92.3 203
          PDK 7-speed 4.1 sec./*3.9 sec. 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 185 297 1465 3230 91.0 201
911 991 Carrera 4S WLS Coupé 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 189 304 1445 3186 99.2 219
          PDK 7-speed 4.0 sec./*3.8 sec. 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 188 302 1465 3230 97.8 216
911 991 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 189 304 1470 3241 97.5 215
          PDK 7-speed *3.8 sec. *4.0 sec. 188 302 1490 3285 96.2 212

DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.
* with Launch Control (Sport Chrono package)

Technical specifications - Targa

Modification Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg DIN lb DIN W/lb W/kg
911 991 Targa 4 3.4B6 257 287 390 manual 7-speed 5.0 sec. 5.2 sec. 175 282 1540 3395 75.7 167
          PDK 7-speed 4.8 sec./*4.6 sec. 5.0 sec./*4.8 sec. 174 280 1560 3439 74.7 165
911 991 Targa 4S 3.8B6 294 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.6 sec. 4.8 sec. 184 296 1555 3428 85.8 189
          PDK 7-speed 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 4.6 sec./*4.4 sec. 183 294 1575 3472 84.7 187
911 991 Targa 4S WLS 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.5 sec. 4.7 sec. 188 303 1555 3428 92.2 203
          PDK 7-speed 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 4.5 sec./*4.3 sec. 187 301 1575 3472 91.0 201
911 991 Targa 4 GTS 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.5 sec. 4.7 sec. 188 303 1560 3439 91.9 203
          PDK 7-speed *4.1 sec. *4.3 sec. 187 301 1580 3483 90.7 200

DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.
* with Launch Control (Sport Chrono package)

Technical specifications - Cabriolet

Modification Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lbs W/lbs W/kg
911 991 Carrera Cabriolet 3.4B6 257 287 390 manual 7-speed 4.8 sec. 5.0 sec. 178 286 1450 3197 80.4 177
          PDK 7-speed 4.6 sec./*4.4 sec. 4.8 sec./*4.6 sec. 176 284 1470 3241 79.3 175
911 991 Carrera S Cabriolet 3.8B6 294 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.5 sec. 4.7 sec. 187 301 1465 3230 91.0 201
          PDK 7-speed 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 4.5 sec./*4.3 sec. 186 299 1485 3274 89.8 198
911 991 Carrera S WLS Cabriolet 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 190 305 1465 3230 97.8 216
          PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 188 303 1485 3274 96.5 213
911 991 Carrera GTS Cabriolet 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 189 304 1495 3296 95.9 211
          PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 188 302 1515 3340 94.6 209
911 991 Carrera 4 Cabriolet 3.4B6 257 287 390 manual 7-speed 4.9 sec. 5.1 sec. 175 282 1500 3307 77.7 171
          PDK 7-speed 4.7 sec./*4.5 sec. 4.9 sec./*4.7 sec. 174 280 1520 3351 76.7 169
911 991 Carrera 4S Cabriolet 3.8B6 294 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.5 sec. 4.7 sec. 184 296 1515 3340 88.0 194
          PDK 7-speed 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 4.5 sec./*4.3 sec. 183 294 1535 3384 86.9 192
911 991 Carrera 4S WLS Cabriolet 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 188 303 1515 3340 94.6 209
          PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 187 301 1535 3384 93.4 206
911 991 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet 3.8B6 316 325 440 manual 7-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 188 303 1540 3395 99.3 205
          PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 187 301 1560 3439 91.9 203

DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.
* with Launch Control (Sport Chrono package)

911 generations

  1. MY1965-1973, introduced 9/1963 as 901, production started ~09/1964 as 901, but was changed to 911 by 1965
  2. G-model MY1974-1989, pre-production cars from ~07/1973
  3. 964 MY1989-1994, pre-production cars from ~03/1989
  4. 993 MY1994-1998, pre-production cars from ~10/1993
  5. 996 MY1998-2005, pre-production cars from ~07/1997. Mk1 MY1998-2001, Mk2 MY2002-2005.
  6. 997 MY2005-2012, pre-production cars from ~05/2004. Mk1 MY2005-2008, Mk2 MY2009-2012.
  7. 991 MY2012-2019, pre-production cars from ~08/2011

The 2012 model 911, internally (and confusingly) called the 991, was introduced at the IAA Frankfurt on September 15, 2011. This is 48 years after the first 911 was introduced on September 12, 1963 at IAA Frankfurt.

Dimensions

The 991 is 5.6 cm / 2.2" longer, has 10 cm / 3.9" longer wheelbase, but width is exactly the same as on 997mk2. The windscreen is more back-tilted and body height is slightly reduced. The 991 Carrera S is 30 kg / 66 lbs lighter than the 997 mk2 Carrera S. Although the 911’s high cockpit has been its trademark, the flatter car does look more sporty.

7-speed manual gearbox

The manual gearbox is the world’s first 7-speed manual transmission on a passenger car. It is like the 6-speed gearbox in 997 plus a 7th “economy” long ratio gear. Top speed is reached in 6th gear. Thanks to the elevated centre console, the gear lever is within easy reach – ideal for sporty gear changes. A gear indicator in the rev counter reminds you which gear has been selected.

Targa

The roof of the 991 Targa looks very much like the roof on the original 911 Targa when it came to the markets in 1967. The design and the engineering complexity of the 991 Targa roof is amazing, but unfortunately the system is heavy and it is only available for already heavier 4WD cars. The Targa system is 40 kg/88 lb heavier than the Cabriolet top and as the basis for the 911 Targa is the 911 Cabriolet, the basic car is already heaver than the Coupé. When the Targa roof on the 993, 996 and 997 generations of the 911 were made out of glass, the Targa then could be considered as a cabriolet that drives through the icy winters. With the 991 the fabric roof panel is back. With the 993/996/997 Targa you still had the frames running between A- and B-pillars when the roof was open, but the 991 Targa uses the older design that is better for experiencing the open air drive. Who needs front wheel drive in the open-air machine is a question we cannot answer. If you are on the market for the nice-weather-car, note that the basic Targa (4WD) is 90 kg/198 lb heavier than the basic Cabriolet (RWD). The front wheel drive weighs 50 kg/110 lb on the 991 Targa and the roof system adds 110 kg/243 lb, making the basic Targa 160 kg/353 lb heavier than the basic Coupé. When you add the automatic gearbox there is another 20 kg/44 lb that you have to drag along all the time and you are already 180 kg/397 lb away from the basic Coupé. The latter now sounds better than ever.

Cabriolet roof and WindStop

The 911's soft top was completely redesigned for 991, although it looked very good already starting with the 996 Cabriolet. The top is a humpless 3-piece magnesium unit covered with smooth and trim fabric. A water channel on the roof ensures that no rainwater drops into the entry area when the doors are opened. As in previous 911’s, the top is fully electric and can also be opened with the remote control button on the key. The top makes its move in just 13 seconds. And like before, it is operable up to vehicle speeds of 50 km/h / 30 mph.
991 Cabrios have electric wind deflectors as standard equipment. Just press the button and in 2 seconds the wind is stopped.

'50 years 911'-anniversary model

The 911-50 anniversary model was presented to the public in the same place exactly 50 years after the 901 was presented: on September 12, 2013 at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. The 911-50 is based on the 991 S, but with the 44 mm wider body of the 991 Carrera 4S and with many cool design features. 1963 of these were made.

GTS

The '50 years 911'-edition and the Carrera GTS are the only 991 versions made in the true Porsche configuration: with the wide body, rear wheel drive and manual gearbox. While the '50 years 911'-edition was optionally available with the WLS X51 powerkit, it comes standard in the Carrera GTS. The GTS has a few finishing touches unique to it, but most of the features - the WLS engine, SportDesign front spoiler, Sport Chrono package etc. - are from the options list of the 991 S. The center lock wheels are standard and the 5-bolt wheels an option. The interior is similar to GT3 with its use of Alcantara, but again, available in full leather upon request. If you cannot get your hands on the '50 years 911'-edition, the 991 Carrera GTS is the ultimate 991 because it ticks more boxes than any other 991: it is available with rear-wheel-drive and manual gearbox, has the wide body and 4 seats. As you can see, the GT3 and the Turbo do not tick so many boxes. The GTS Coupé is optionally available as a 2-seater to show its closeness to the GT3. Which was not available with the '50 years 911'-edition, is available with the GTS - the RWD widebody cabriolet. Of course the Carrera 4 GTS Coupé and the C4 GTS Cabriolet are also available, but the 4WD system and the driver who needs it, does not go with the philosophy of the GT3.

Brakes

  Front discs Front calipers Rear discs Rear calipers
991 3.4-litre 330 mm 4-piston 330 mm 4-piston
991 3.8-litre 340 mm 6-piston 330 mm 4-piston
PCCB 350 mm 6-piston 350 mm 4-piston

As the PCCB never was as good as promised, with the 991, Porsche AG added a notice for the PCCB brakes:
“Please note that circuit racing, track day use and other forms of performance driving can significantly reduce the service life of even the most durable brake pads and discs. As with conventional high-performance braking systems, we recommend that all brake components be professionally inspected and replaced where necessary after every track event.”

The electric parking brake, which you can activate and deactivate manually, releases automatically as you pull away. With the hill-hold function, you can pull away without ever rolling back. The system automatically detects when the vehicle has come to a halt on an uphill gradient requiring intervention. When you start moving, PSM maintains the brake pressure at all four wheels for a brief period to prevent the vehicle from moving back.

On April 5, 2012, the 991 was voted as the "2012 World Performance Car" at the New York International Auto Show. Most sadly, on the very same day, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche dies at the age of 76. Despite the 991 being the 7th generation 911, the original F.A. Porsche design can still be clearly seen in the car.

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Every Porsche that leaves the factory, has its wheel center caps positioned in the way that the Porsche crest’s lower edge points to the tyre valve. The photographer apparently didn’t know that and misplaced the Porsche crests for them to look upright. © Porsche
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GTS with its 20" center lock wheels uniqely in matt black© Porsche
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Relatively light rear wheel drive GTS Cabriolet offers the greatest open-air experience a 991 can give, superceding the driving experience of the Turbo Cabriolet that is 170 kg/375 lb heavier© Porsche
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Special 20" wheels of the '911-50'© Porsche
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911-50 was available in three colors: Black non-metallic, Graphite Grey (on the photo) and Geyser Grey.© Porsche
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The complicated roof system comes at a cost of increased weight, the Targa being heavier than the Cabriolet and a lot heavier than the Coupé© Porsche
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'50 years 911'-edition has mirrors from GT3. Why are they better than the mirrors of regular 991 Carrera is not clear.© Porsche
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Chrome trim of the '911-50 '© Porsche
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Although similar to the 997, there is no single exterior panel that is not different. The exterior feature that is similar to the one in 997, are the door handles. And that is good - when you first time enter the 991, you grab the door handle and feel that it’s the good old Porsche designed by evolution and not revolution.© Porsche
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Targa choreography© Porsche
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The optional glass roof on the Coupé reminds the looks of the 996/997 Targa's roof © Porsche
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ACC Adaptive Cruise Control © Porsche
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911 Club Coupé was a series of 13 similarly equipped Brewster Green cars finished by Porsche Exclusive to honour 60 years of the first Porsche Club (established in 1952). The 911 Club Coupé was a 991 S with powerkit (316 kW) and aerokit (incl. ducktail).© Porsche
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911 991.1 Carrera GTS Cabriolet (note: it has the GT3 mirrors like the 911-50)© Porsche
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Mirror on the door panel is the long-tradition Porsche element, but as the door is without the window frame, the triangle still has to be kept in the front edge of the door window. © Porsche
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The front bumper lights generate mixed feelings © Porsche
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Front bumper of a RWD model© Porsche
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Aerokit front bumper on the GTS version© Porsche
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The badge is flush-mounted © Porsche
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RWD model, definetely the right choice for a nice weather cabriolet © Porsche
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Bubble headlamps are very cool, just that they could have been a little bit more rounded than elliptical (more like 993 than 997). From this angle the shape of the bumper lamps makes sense, but a well designed automobile looks good from any angle. © Porsche
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Weight-saving standard roof Sunroof Glass sunroof
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Standard electrical rear spoiler activates automatically at speed © Porsche
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Bubble headlamps are visible also from this angle. Looks like some classic car… which it is!© Porsche
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The rear grilles of the Carrera GTS come from the 911-50© Porsche
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Extended rear spoiler© Porsche
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Look at the 991's soft top - it is perfect! © Porsche
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The 991's soft top is a real masterpiece and while the 991 coupé is already a very cool car, the cabriolet is even cooler.© Porsche
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3.8-litre 991 Carrera S, note the different tailpipes compared to the 3.4-litre models© Porsche
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3.4-litre 991 Carrera 4. Note the reflector between the taillights that the 4WD models have. The reflector between taillights is a 911's feature since 1974, but for some reason it is reserved for 4WD models since 996 Carrera 4S. If there is a need of reservation for such a classic design element, it should come with S engine instead of coming with frontal half shafts.© Porsche
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The anniversary model 911-50 Carrera S has the wider body of the 4S. Sports exhaust system comes as standard.© Porsche
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Targa roof in action© Porsche
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Targa roof in action© Porsche
Targa
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Photos are made from different angles, but still show the difference of the Cabriolet and the Targa© Porsche
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RWD vs. 4WD with its 44 mm / 1.7" wider rear end. Wider body should be available for S engine, not for 4WD. © Porsche
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Finally Porsche has put the “911” sign on the back of the 911. It was extremely tiring to explain to non-Porsche-people that the “Carrera” on the back of the Porsche doesn’t mean the car is a “Carrera”, but a base model of the 911. © Porsche
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The rear-wheel-drive Carrera GTS is almost as sporty as the GT3, but is available with 4 seats and the suspension that is comfortable for everyday driving. The GTS in interestingly even 5 kg lighter than the 2-seater, but over-packed GT3.© Porsche
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To celebrate 60 years of Porsche Club of America, PCNA (Porsche Cars North America) ordered 60 units of 911 Carrera GTS Coupés in Club Blue from Porsche Exclusive. All 60 cars were equiped with SportDesign aerokit (including ducktail). The 991 Carrera GTS was the ideal choice for a Porsche enthusiast car - rear wheel drive, wide body and most powerful Porsche available with manual gearbox. Altough some cars were equipped with PDK, manual gearbox is the proper box for such special edition. These cars were not numbered because it wasn't a special series by Porsche AG, but a series of similarly equipped cars ordered by PCNA. The cars got a few unique touches by Porsche Exclusive, like the special "Club Blau" paint, the "Club Coupe" stickers on the doors, the door entry guards with ''GTS Club Coupe" lettering, number "60" embossed on the armrest cover and the "GTS Club Coupe 60 Years Porsche Club of America” lettering written on the dashboard trim strip. The first 991 GTS Club Coupé was finished by Porsche Exclusive in November 2014. It was introduced in USA in the end of January 2015 to be sold in June 2015. One of the cars was destined for a lottery among the PCA members. Similar to the 2015 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupé was the 2012 911 Carrera S WLS Club Coupé. Just that the GTS Club Coupé came with the wider rear end.

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911 Carrera GTS Club Coupé for Porsche Club of America© Porsche
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Geyser Grey Metallic 911-50. Black trim strips were also available in addition to chrome.© Porsche
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911-50 prototype with PDK gearbox shown hera, but the true-to-the-principles 911-50 should definetely come with three pedals and manual gearbox.© Porsche
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Pepita cloth seats are perfect for the anniversary model (full leather seats were also available). Leather was available in two colors: classic black or Agate grey.© Porsche
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911-50 is limited to 1963 cars. This car is number 0000 which means it is a prototype.© Porsche
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GTS with its interior from GT3© Porsche
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The Alcantara on the steering wheel is ruined if driven without the special material gloves, so a usual leather steering wheel is recommended© Porsche
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The contrasting colours for the GTS interior are red or silver (both optional, not standard)© Porsche
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The steering wheel is from 997 for you to feel comfortable when you change to a 991. Porsche has done it for a long time that in the new model the steering wheel is kept from the previous model so that the transition would go more pleasant for the loyal customer. © Porsche
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7 manually selectable speeds sound like too much. The top gear was not added by the engineers, but by the regulations for lower fuel consumption (=lower emissions). The top speed is achieved in the 6th. © Porsche
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Windstop button comes as standard in cabriolet with innovative integrated electric windstop system © Porsche
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The contrasting silver (or red) stitching is optional for GTS© Porsche
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Standard seat
(called Sport seat)
Fully electrical seat
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Sports seat
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Adaptive sports seat
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standard car SportDesign Package Aerokit Cup
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standard electrically erecting rear spoiler SportDesign Package fixed rear spoiler Aerokit Cup fixed rear spoiler
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Power comparison 991 Carrera 3.4 vs. Carrera S 3.8 vs. Carrera S WLS (GTS). As can be seen, between 6400 and 7400 rpm the peak power is cut away electronically on the Carrera and S. From the S-engine the power is cut away to leave some easy kilowatts for the X51 WLS powerkit. For the same reason the 3.4-litre has also some cut power not to be so close to the 3.8-litre. The power difference of the WLS can only be noticed slightly from 6700 rpm and up. Note that between 4200...4900 and 5900...6600 rpm the WLS engine has less torque so in the city traffic you might feel the WLS car has less power than the standard car. © Stuttcars.com
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WLS (Werks Leistungsteugerung) factory powerkit for Carrera S (option X51) gives: +22 kW, acceleration -0.1 sec., top speed +2 mph/+4 km/h © Porsche
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Enhancement equipment available through Porsche Tequipment program© Porsche
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Porsche design team in 2012 © Porsche
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Michael Mauer, head of design at Porsche AG © Porsche
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Matthias Kulla, General Manager Exterior Design, Style Porsche © Porsche
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Anthony Hatter, 991 design project lead. The 991 looks so good because mr. Hatter had already designed the 993 in the past - a work quite probably nobody could top. © Porsche

991 prototype testing in South Africa in February 2011

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Sticker “air intake”, no Porsche crest on wheel cap, no Porsche script on brake caliper © Porsche
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Sales catalogues

PDF 2011/05 911 Carrera, S Coupé (10 MB)

PDF 2011/09 911 Carrera, S, Coupé/Cabriolet (11 MB)

PDF 2011/10 Exclusive 911 (4 MB)

PDF 2012/01 911 Carrera, S, 4, 4S, Coupé/Cabriolet (14 MB)

PDF 2012/05 Exclusive 911 (5 MB)

PDF 2012/05 Tequipment 911 (6 MB)

PDF 2013/03 911 Carrera, S, 4, 4S, Coupé/Cabriolet (12 MB)

PDF 2013/03 Exclusive 911 In German/Deutsch (12 MB)

PDF 2013/06 Tequipment 911 (19 MB)

PDF 2013/10 911 Targa 4 (9 MB)

PDF 2013/11 911 Targa 4 In German/Deutsch (14 MB)

PDF 2014/03 The 911 (12 MB)

PDF 2014/06 Tequipment 911 In German/Deutsch (18 MB)

PDF 2015/01 911 Targa 4 GTS (5 MB)


Anniversaries
Mar, 27 – 19th death anniversary of Ferry Porsche (1998)
Apr, 04 – 41st birthday of the 936 (1976)
Apr, 05 – 52nd birthday of the 912 (1965)
Apr, 05 – 5th death anniversary of F.A. Porsche (2012)
Apr, 07 – 49th birthday of the 908 (1968)