Porsche 911 997.1 (2004-2009)
Photos unveiled by Porsche AG: May 7, 2004
Premiere: July 16, 2004 at 9:11 pm in 85 Porsche centres in Germany
Market launch: July 17, 2004
|Carrera Coupé 3.6 239 kW|
|Carrera Cabriolet 3.6 239 kW|
|Carrera S Coupé 3.8 261 kW|
|Carrera S Coupé X51 WLS 3.8 280 kW|
|Carrera S Cabriolet 3.8 261 kW|
|Carrera S Cabriolet X51 WLS 3.8 280 kW|
|Carrera 4 Coupé 3.6 239 kW|
|Carrera 4 Cabriolet 3.6 239 kW|
|Carrera 4S Coupé 3.8 261 kW|
|Carrera 4S Coupé X51 WLS 3.8 280 kW|
|Carrera 4S Cabriolet 3.8 261 kW|
|Carrera 4S Cabriolet X51 WLS 3.8 280 kW|
|Targa 4 3.6 239 kW|
|Targa 4S 3.8 261 kW|
|Targa 4S X51 WLS 3.8 280 kW|
|Turbo Coupé 3.6 353 kW|
|Turbo Cabriolet 3.6 353 kW|
|GT3 3.6 305 kW|
|GT3 ClubSport 3.6 305 kW|
|GT3 RS 3.6 305 kW|
|GT2 3.6 390 kW|
|GT2 ClubSport 3.6 390 kW|
|2005 season||2006 season||2007 season||2008 season||2009 season||2010 season|
|GT3 Cup 3.6 294 kW||GT3 Cup 3.6 309 kW|
|GT3 Cup S 3.6 324 kW|
|GT3 RSR 3.8 357 kW||GT3 RSR 3.8 342 kW||GT3 RSR 4.0 331 kW|
On May 7, 2004, Porsche announced that the new 911 generation will come in July with two engine variants - the Carrera 3.6 and the Carrera S 3.8. The chassis included the active suspension as standard for the S model. For the 911 Carrera, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), could be ordered on request. Pressing the "sport" button makes the shock absorbers firmer. The standard wheel size for the 997 Carrera is 18" and for the "S" 19". To improve active safety, the standard Porsche Stability Management system (PSM) had two new functions. Pre-filling the brake mechanism ensured more spontaneous deceleration when required, and the hydraulic brake power support helped to build up full brake pressure in emergencies. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) screen came as standard, but the navigation module was an optional extra. The basic sound system included 9 speakers.
Although with the 'right' shape of the headlamps again, the 997 generation introduced in 2004 was more of a cosmetic makeover. The structural bodyshell, the shape of the roof and the 3.6-litre engine of the 996 Carrera (type M96) were kept. The 997 Carrera 3.6 engine had 3 kW more thanks to chip tuning. The financial trick was to offer the new M97 3.8-litre engine in the model called the 911 Carrera S. So, if you really wanted a NEW 911, you ordered the car with the 3.8-litre engine. As the years went by, the downside of the bored-out engine came out - the larger the displacement of the M96/M97-engine, the fragile its 6th cylinder is.
997 GT3 Cup, 2005-2007 model
The 997 GT3 Cup was introduced in January for the upcoming 2005 season. The 3.6-litre durable old-school unit had 294 kW/400 Nm and maximum 8200 rpm. The gearbox was a 6-speed sequential dog-type gearbox with 5.5" triple-disc sintered-metal clutch. The fuel tank had 90-litres. There were front and rear double coil springs and the power steering had electro-hydraulic pressure feed. 3-piece central locking aluminium rims were used, fronts 9x18, rears 11x18. The tyres were naturally from the best manufacturer, Michelin, fronts 24/64-18 and rears 27/68-18. The body had many carbon fibre parts: front bumper and spoiler edge, doors and rear bumper. Air jack system was incorporated into the car. For the 2005 season, the car was only used for the international Supercup series. The Supercup specification saw the car with PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (380/350 mm) and car weight approx. 1120 kg/2469 lb (incl. oil, coolant). For the 2006 season the Carrera Cup specification was declared: steel rotors in the same size as PCCB in Supercup and car weight 1140 kg/2513 lb.
Three days after the 997 GT3 Cup was shown at the Porsche Parafe in Bahrain, the Aerokit was introduced for the coupé-bodied 911 Carrera and Carrera S. The Aerokit consisted of a GT3 Cup-style front spoiler and a different rear spoiler (a year later to be used on the GT3 street version).
For the spring of 2005 the Carrera 4 and 4S were introduced. The all-wheel drive system had a Visco multi-plate clutch, which brought 5-40% percent of the driving power to the front wheels. To sell more of these more expensive versions, marketing guys decided to offerl the wider body together with the front wheel drive (and not with S engine!?). The Carrera 4/4S body is 1.7"/44 mm wider. With the rear mounted engine the rear wheels have enormous traction, which is good for motorsport, but not so fun to drive by some. On one hand the front wheel drive system kills the sharpness in the 911 and on the other hand the system is not offering permanent 4WD, so it really doesn't give you any benefits. It gives weight. What is Porsche driving experience without agility? With "4" in the 911 model name, the first owner paid an extra 9% to kill the fun in the car.
The 997 Cabriolet was announced on December 6, 2004, and introduced at all the 85 German Porsche centres on April 2, 2005. The 997 Cabriolet weighs 85 kg/187 lb more than the Coupé. Both versions have the same top speed. The side airbags provide a unique form of protection for the head, even when the top is down. The Carrera Cabriolet costed 13% more than the Coupe or exactly as much as the Carrera S Coupé.
On July 3, 2005, Porsche announced that the market launch of the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S Cabriolets was scheduled for the October 22, 2005. This was not an interesting news for the Porsche enthusiasts - who would want to have a heavy Porsche? Also, there aren't many people who would prefer to drive a 911 Cabrio in the winter, because the windows tend to freeze to the roof seal, so opening and closing the doors in the winter might not be very pleasing.
From the 2006 season the 997 GT3 Cup cars were also used for national Carrera Cup series in addition to the Supercup and Porsche built the record number of 195 units of the then new 911 GT3 Cup.
997 Turbo 3.6
The 997 GT3 and the 997 Turbo were presented on February 28, 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Turbo was available in European dealerships from June 24, 2006. Compared to the 996 Turbo, the power was up from 309 kW to 353 kW, but so was the weight by 45 kg/99 lb (996 Turbo 1540 kg/3395 lb, 997 Turbo 3.6 1585 kg/3494 lb). The 997 Turbo was 22 mm wider than the 996 Turbo. Thanks to the new Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbochargers, the turbo lag was minized and the maximum torque of 620 Nm was available between 1950-5000 rpm (compare to 996 Turbo: 560 Nm between 2700-4600 rpm). The principle of variable turbine geometry unites the advantages of small and large turbochargers and leads to improvement in flexibility and acceleration, particularly at low speeds. The vehicle’s flexibility can be enhanced even further with the optional “Sport Chrono Package Turbo”. Here the driver selects the sport-mode to activate a short-time overboost at full throttle. This increases boost pressure in the mid speed range by 0.2 bar for up to 10 seconds; torque rises by 60 to 680 Nm. The time required by the 997 Turbo with manual transmission for intermediate acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h is reduced by 0.3 seconds to 3.5 seconds. In comparison with the 996 Turbo, the diameter of the brake discs at the front and rear wheels has been increased by 20 mm to 350 mm. Optional PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes give a weight reduction of 17 kg/37 lb compared to the standard brakes. The PCCB discs for 997 Turbo have a diameter of 380 mm at the front axle and 350 mm at the rear. The wheel sizes are 8.5x19 with 235/35 tyres and 11x19 with 305/30 tyres.
997 GT3 3.6 street version
The 997 GT3 3.6 was presented at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show together with the 997 Turbp 3.6. It was announced that the GT3 goes on sale across Europe in May 2006 and in the USA from August. At 8400 rpm, the engine speed limit was raised by 200 rpm compared to the previous 996.2 GT3. In addition to the standard aluminium front lid, the doors are also of aluminium in the 997 GT3. New for the GT3 was a change-up display, which lights up on the rev counter shortly before the relevant engine speed is reached. The GT3 accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 4.3 seconds, and reaches 100 mph/160 kph from a standing start in 8.7 seconds. Its top speed is 193 mph/310 kph, equal to the much more powerful 997 Turbo.
The GT3 was naturally available with the no-cost ClubSport option which included the roll cage and a few other racing items. The bucket seats had to be paid for, though. The GT3 CS was further developed into the GT3 RS.
997 GT3 RS 3.6
The 997 GT3 RS was basically an optical tuning version of the GT3. As announced on May 29, 2006, the GT3 RS would be available from October 2006 in Europe and from March 2007 in North America. With the 44 mm wider body and with the roll cage installed, the RS cannot be lighter than the basic GT3 (Porsche claims the RS is 20 kg/44 lb lighter). The omission of the underbody rust protection and the plastic rear window don't give much weight-saving. The roll cage gives a lot of extra weight. The standard GT3 has regular sports seats in basic configuration, so with the optional bucket seats (standard in RS), the GT3 cannot be heavier than the GT3 RS. The lap times on the Nürburgring Nordschleife proove that the standard car is equally quick if not quicker. The RS has a single-mass flywheel. Thanks to the closer ratio gearbox, the RS is 0.1 seconds faster in the sprint from 0 to 100 kph (4.2 seconds vs 4.3). It takes 13.3 seconds to hit 200 kph. Four color schemes were made for the RS: silver or black with orange contrast and orange and green with black contrast.
On July 17, 2006 it was announced that from November 2006 the 997 Targa is available as a 2007 model. Unfortunately, it became available only in the heavy and useless Targa 4 and 4S versions. The Targa roof can be opened in 7 seconds. The roof unit is of two-ply specially tinted glass, which is 1.9 kg/4 lb lighter than its predecessor in the 996 Targa. Wind noises are kept to a low level even at high speed by a newly developed sealing system. The semi translucent black cloth roller sunblind provides protection from excessive solar radiation.
GT3 RSR 3.8, 2006-2007 model
Although its first race was the 2006 Spa 24 hours on July 29-30, the RSR was scheduled to race the 2007 season. The ACO and FIA regulations allowed a minimum weight of 1225 kg/2700 lb. The engine was a 3.8-litre unit with two 30.3 mm air restrictors. The power figures were 359 kW and 435 Nm. The rev limitter allowed the engine to reach 9000 rpm. The use of side radiators, taken from the Carrera GT, contributed to the thermal health of the engine. Sequential 6-speed gearbox was taken from the 996 GT3 RSR. The front wheels were 11" wide with 27/65-18 Michelin slicks and the rears 13" with 31/71-18. Brake discs were 380/355 mm. The roll cage was made of 30 metres of seamless steel tubing. Air-jack system was incorporated into the floor. The front and rear lids, the front mudguards, the wider rear, the doors as well as the front and rear panelling and wing consisted of carbon-fibre composite material. For 2007 season approx. 35 units were built
997 Turbo 3.6 Cabriolet
Announced on May 7, 2007, the 997 Turbo Cabriolet went on sale on September 8, 2007 as a 2008 model. The already heavy 997 Turbo was made 70 kg/154 lb heavier with the Cabriolet version. Despite its weight the car accelerates mind-blowingly.
At the 2007 Le Mans 24H race, 997 GT3 RSR takes the victory in the GT2 category.
The 997 GT2 was announced on August 1, 2007. The 3.6-litre twin-turbo engine produced 390 kW and its 200+ mph top speed said it all. The 911 GT2 is what the 911 Turbo initially was (and should be to day ) - a rear wheel drive 911 with turbocharged engine. Benefiting from an innovative expansion-type intake system and VTG turbochargers operating at a maximum pressure of 1.4 bar, the 997 GT2 offers an extra 37 kW over the already powerful 997 Turbo 3.6 running on 0.8 bar turbo boost, or 1.0 bar in temporary overboost mode. The GT2 uses turbochargers featuring an even larger compressor wheel compared to the 997 Turbo 3.6. The principle applied in expansion-type intake system is to use the oscillating intake air during the cooler expansion phase to prepare the fuel/air mixture, keeping the temperature of the fuel/air mixture lower than in the engine of the 997 Turbo 3.6. Like the GT-cars or the Turbo, GT2 comes with dry sump lubrication featuring a separate oil tank. A total of 9 oil pumps ensure smooth and reliable circulation of lubricant even under the long-lasting horizontal forces typically encountered on the race track. To be specific, these 9 oil pumps are 2 oil extraction pumps for the turbochargers, 2 oil extraction pumps each for the cylinder heads, and 2 extraction as well 1 pressure pump in the crankcase. A total of 11 litres of 0W40 oil circulates within the system. With its 1440 kg/3175 lb weight it is 105 kg/231 lb lighter than the Turbo.
The new Launch Assistant enabled the driver to accelerate with optimum power and performance from a standstill. All the driver had to do is to select the first gear and hold the clutch and gas pedals on the floor. The Motronic engine control unit then immediately opened the throttle butterflies in full and kept the turbochargers at a pressure of 0.9 bar. At the same time the ignition control system set engine speed to 5000 rpm, so that now all the driver had to do was to take his foot off the clutch as quickly as possible. In this process PSM Porsche Stability Management prevented the car from “twitching", with the full power of the engine transmitted to the road.
The PSM in GT2 had two stages - you could switch the stability control off and leave the traction control on, or ultimately switch off even the traction control to have some fun. The 997 GT2 was the first Porsche homologated for road use to be fitted as standard with an exhaust system featuring a titanium rear-end silencer and titanium tailpipes. With its only 9 kg/20 lb weight it is approximately half the weight of the similar steel unti.
Like the GT3, the GT2 also comes with an upshift gear indicator integrated in the rev counter. In consideration of the driver's response time, the indicator comes on somewhat earlier in the lower gears than in the higher transmission ratios. The GT2 naturally was available with the ClubSport package at no extra cost. This special feature comprised a rear rollover cage, red 6-point seat belt on the driver's side, a fire extinguisher as well as a preparation kit for the main battery switch. On cars featuring the ClubSport package the sports bucket seats came with a special flameresistant cover replacing the usual combination of leather and alcantara. According to Porsche, 1155 997.1 GT2 were made including pre-series cars (and excluding 997.2 GT2 RS).
Aerokit for 997 Turbo 3.6 Coupé
A very mild aerokit was introduced for the Turbo on December 5, 2007. It included a front spoiler lip and a new engine cover with fixed aerofoil. Compared to the standard 911 Turbo, the side skirts and the rear skirt were painted in body color.
997 GT3 RSR 3.8, 2008 model
With the new regulations, the power of the 2008 GT3 RSR had to be decreased by 15 kW, to 342 kW. The torque figure didn't loose that much - 430 instead of 435 Nm. The gearbox was totally new. Much of its know-how came from the RS Spyder sports prototype. The car's weight according to FIA regulations was 1200 kg/2645 lb and according to ACO (Le Mans) 1225 kg/2700 lb.
Like in 2007 and 2008, the 2009 Nürburgring 24 hour race was won by Manthey Racing's yellow-green 997 GT3 RSR driven by Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Marcel Tiemann - 3 years in a row with the same team and the same drivers! In addition the 2006 N24 race was won by Manthey, then with a 996 in the same color scheme.
997 GT3 Cup S
In February 2008 Porsche Motorsport announced a new model, called the 911 GT3 Cup S and made for the championships which run in accordance with FIA GT3 regulations. To a large extent, the 3.6-litre boxer engine is identical to the power unit in the GT3 Cup. Power output was raised to 324 kW and maximum torque to 430 Nm. The power increase results from optimised engine electronics and a modified exhaust system. The clutch disc is a 5.5" three-plate carbon-fibre unit. In contrast to the GT3 Cup, the body of the Cup S is not based on the road-going GT3 but on the road-going GT3 RS. In the wider wheel arches larger wheels can be mounted. At the front, the rims measure 10.5" in width with 12" wheels fitted at the rear. The front section and flares are significantly different to the GT3 Cup components. An adjustable front-splitter generates more downforce at the front axle. The rear-wing is wider and positioned higher than the Cup version and provides more downforce at the rear axle. Several suspension components for the GT3 Cup S have been taken from the more powerful GT3 RSR which races in the GT2 class at international long-distance championships. At the rear the diameter of the brake discs has grown by 5 mm to 355mm (front discs still 380 mm). In addition to complete cars, Porsche Motorsport offered a kit to upgrade the 2007 GT3 Cup models to the GT3 Cup S specs. The weight of the GT3 Cup S is approx 1170 kg/2580 lb.
GT3 Cup 3.6, 2008-2009 model
For the 2008 season the GT3 Cup gets additional 15 kW (now 309 kW) from its 3.6-litre engine. The 2005-2007 GT3 Cup and the 2008 GT3 Cup have their visual difference in the rear bumper - now the same design as the street GT3.
At the 2008 Le Mans 24H event works driver Patrick Long writes history when he turns a qualifying lap in the 997 GT3 RSR 3.8 of 3:58.152. The 4-minute mark was regarded as the barrier to break for the GT2 class cars (in which the GT3 RSR competed).
997 GT3 RSR 4.0, 2009 model
Announced in January 2009, the capacity of the 911 GT3 RSR was increased from 3.8 to 4.0 litres, but after another reduction in the size of the air intake restrictors the power was limited to 331 kW (for comparison 2008 RSR had 342 kW and 2006 RSR even 357 kW). The torque figure stayed on the 2008 RSR level - 430 Nm. For the 2009 car, the completely redesigned air ducting of the radiators became necessary for the installation of the air-conditioning unit. The oil refill with fast filling function was moved to the rear lid, giving mechanics better access. Weight: approx. 1220 kg/2690 lb complying with A.C.O. regulations and 1245 kg/2745 lb complying with FIA regulations. Around 20 cars were built.
Technical specifications 911 997.1 Coupé and Targa models
|Modification||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||Gearbox||60 mph||100 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lbs||W/lbs||W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera Coupé||3.6F6||239 kW||272 lb-ft||370 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.8 sec.||5.0 sec.||177 mph||285 km/h||1395 kg||3075 lb||77.7 W/lb||171 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.3 sec.||5.5 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1435 kg||3164 lb||75.5 W/lb||167 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera 4 Coupé||3.6F6||239 kW||272 lb-ft||370 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.9 sec.||5.1 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1450 kg||3197 lb||74.8 W/lb||165 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.4 sec.||5.6 sec.||171 mph||275 km/h||1490 kg||3285 lb||72.8 W/lb||160 W/kg|
|997.1 Targa 4||3.6F6||239 kW||272 lb-ft||370 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.1 sec.||5.3 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1510 kg||3329 lb||71.8 W/lb||158 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.6 sec.||5.8 sec.||171 mph||275 km/h||1550 kg||3417 lb||69.6 W/lb||154 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera S Coupé||3.8F6||261 kW||294 lb-ft||400 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.6 sec.||4.8 sec.||182 mph||293 km/h||1395 kg||3075 lb||84.9 W/lb||187 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.1 sec.||5.3 sec.||179 mph||288 km/h||1435 kg||3164 lb||82.5 W/lb||182 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera S WLS Coupé||3.8F6||280 kW||305 lb-ft||415 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.4 sec.||4.6 sec.||186 mph||300 km/h||1395 kg||3075 lb||91.0 W/lb||201 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||4.9 sec.||5.1 sec.||183 mph||294 km/h||1435 kg||3164 lb||88.5 W/lb||195 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera 4S Coupé||3.8F6||261 kW||294 lb-ft||400 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.6 sec.||4.8 sec.||179 mph||288 km/h||1475 kg||3252 lb||80.3 W/lb||177 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.1 sec.||5.3 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1515 kg||3340 lb||78.1 W/lb||172 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera 4S WLS Coupé||3.8F6||280 kW||305 lb-ft||415 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.4 sec.||4.6 sec.||184 mph||296 km/h||1475 kg||3252 lb||86.1 W/lb||190 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||4.9 sec.||5.1 sec.||180 mph||290 km/h||1515 kg||3340 lb||83.8 W/lb||185 W/kg|
|997.1 Targa 4S||3.8F6||261 kW||294 lb-ft||400 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.7 sec.||4.9 sec.||179 mph||288 km/h||1535 kg||3384 lb||77.1 W/lb||170 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.2 sec.||5.4 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1575 kg||3472 lb||75.2 W/lb||166 W/kg|
|997.1 Targa 4S WLS||3.8F6||280 kW||305 lb-ft||415 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.5 sec.||4.7 sec.||184mph||296 km/h||1535 kg||3384 lb||82.7 W/lb||182 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.0 sec.||5.2 sec.||180 mph||290 km/h||1575 kg||3472 lb||80.6 W/lb||178 W/kg|
|997 Turbo 3.6||3.6F6 TT||353 kW||456/|
|manual 6-speed||3.7 sec.||3.9 sec.||193 mph||310 km/h||1585 kg||3494 lb||101 W/lb||223 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||3.5 sec.||3.7 sec.||193 mph||310 km/h||1620 kg||3571 lb||98.8 W/lb||218 W/kg|
|997 GT3 3.6||3.6F6||305 kW||298 lb-ft||405 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.1 sec.||4.3 sec.||193 mph||310 km/h||1395 kg||3031 lb||99.2 W/lb||219 W/kg|
|997 GT3 RS 3.6||3.6F6||305 kW||298 lb-ft||405 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.0 sec.||4.2 sec.||193 mph||310 km/h||1375 kg||3075 lb||101 W/lb||222 W/kg|
|997 GT2||3.6F6 TT||390 kW||500 lb-ft||680 Nm||manual 6-speed||3.5 sec.||3.7 sec.||204 mph||329 km/h||1440 kg||3175 lb||123 W/lb||271 W/kg|
Technical specifications 911 997.1 Cabriolet models
|Modification||Engine||kW||lb-ft||Nm||Gearbox||60 mph||100 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lbs||W/lbs||W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera Cabriolet||3.6F6||239 kW||272 lb-ft||370 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.0 sec.||5.2 sec.||177 mph||285 km/h||1480 kg||3263 lb||73.2 W/lb||161 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.5 sec.||5.7 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1520 kg||3351 lb||71.3 W/lb||157 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera 4 Cabriolet||3.6F6||239 kW||272 lb-ft||370 Nm||manual 6-speed||5.1 sec.||5.3 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1535 kg||3384 lb||70.6 W/lb||156 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.6 sec.||5.8 sec.||171 mph||275 km/h||1575 kg||3472 lb||68.8 W/lb||152 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera S Cabriolet||3.8F6||261 kW||294 lb-ft||400 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.7 sec.||4.9 sec.||182 mph||293 km/h||1505 kg||3318 lb||78.7 W/lb||173 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.2 sec.||5.4 sec.||177 mph||285 km/h||1545 kg||3406 lb||76.6 W/lb||169 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera S WLS Cabriolet||3.8F6||280 kW||305 lb-ft||415 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.5 sec.||4.7 sec.||186 mph||300 km/h||1505 kg||3318 lb||84.4 W/lb||186 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.0 sec.||5.2 sec.||183 mph||294 km/h||1545 kg||3406 lb||82.2 W/lb||181 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera 4S Cabriolet||3.8F6||261 kW||294 lb-ft||400 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.7 sec.||4.9 sec.||179 mph||288 km/h||1560 kg||3439 lb||75.9 W/lb||167 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.2 sec.||5.4 sec.||174 mph||280 km/h||1600 kg||3527 lb||74.0 W/lb||163 W/kg|
|997.1 Carrera 4S WLS Cabriolet||3.8F6||280 kW||305 lb-ft||415 Nm||manual 6-speed||4.5 sec.||4.7 sec.||184 mph||296 km/h||1560 kg||3439 lb||81.4 W/lb||179 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||5.0 sec.||5.2 sec.||180 mph||290 km/h||1600 kg||3527 lb||79.4 W/lb||175 W/kg|
|997 Turbo 3.6 Cabriolet||3.8F6||353 kW||456/|
|manual 6-speed||3.8 sec.||4.0 sec.||193 mph||310 km/h||1655 kg||3649 lb||96.7 W/lb||213 W/kg|
|Tiptronic 5-speed||3.6 sec.||3.8 sec.||193 mph||310 km/h||1690 kg||3726 lb||94.7 W/lb||209 W/kg|
Conclusion on the tables above based on the most important performance figure, the power-to-weight ratio:
Formula for the slowest Porsche: automatic + 4WD + Cabriolet
Formula for the fastest Porsche: manual + RWD + Coupé
For example if you take the basic Carrera 3.6 Coupe with manual gearbox, then its power-to-weight ratio is 171 W/kg (77.7 W/lb). Now if you buy the 4WD, automatic gearbox and Cabriolet body, the figures with the same engine go down to 152 W/kg (68.8 W/lb), which means the car is now 13% weaker because of the extra weight. When you bought the brand new car, then you paid a premium of around 25% for all these things (gearbox, front wheel drive, open body) that made your car heavier. So, when considering the bang for your buck figure, then the difference is even over 40%.
Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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