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

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MY2005 MY2006 MY2007 MY2008 MY2009  
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 body construction: welding machine is used to attach the fastening points for the wiring © Porsche
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Tequipment car cover © Porsche
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911 1963, 911 1973, 959 1987, 911 964 1988, 911 993 1993, 911 996.1 1997, 911 996.2 2001 and 911 997 introduced in 2004 (as 2005 model)© Porsche
In the climatic chambers tests can be carried out at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees © Porsche
Testing the acoustics in the Weissach research and development centre© Porsche
Beautiful photo of a Guards Red (Indischrot) 997© Porsche
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Beautiful hips... (note the bumperettes on the USA model) © Porsche
Wheels and tyres: Carrera 3.6 - 8x18 with 235/40 and 10x18 with 265/40, Carrera S - 8x19 with 235/35 and 11x19 with 295/30 © Porsche
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Porsche Tequipment snow chains are the ultimate proof Porsches are made for year round daily use © Porsche
Although cool to see a Porsche in the winter, it is thought cold starts in freezing temperatures is one of the reasons the cylinder walls and pistons wear out in the 997.1 Carreras (especially the 3.8 litre S/4S)© Porsche
Duplicated central braking light © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
997.1 Carrera wheels: 18" Carrera, 19" Carrera S, 19" Carrera Classic, 19" SportDesign© Porsche
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Nice classic interior design © Porsche
Carrera: triangular steering wheel airbag, black instrument dials. Carrera S: rounded airbag module, silver instrument dials, © Porsche
Carrera S with multifunction steering wheel (available only in the standard Carrera steering wheel design). Optional useless stop watch on the dashboard (comes with the Sport Chrono package). © Porsche
Carrera S 3.8 © Porsche
Carrera 3.6 with optional tyre pressure monitoring© Porsche
Useless Sports Display, the feature that comes with the Sport Chrono package. Despite the car having the GPS antenna, it is not used to measure your lap times and you have to start and stop the time manually. Better to use the RaceLogic VBOX.© Porsche
Sports Display © Porsche
Left photo: standard gear lever travel. Right photo: short shift kit installed. Although the short shift kit sounds like a great idea, it wasn't put into practise so well - it is really hard and therefore quite unpleasant to move the lever with the kit installed (would come as standard in GT3, GT2).© Porsche
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Optional fully electric seat compared to the adaptive sports seat © Porsche
The front buttons of the adaptive sports seat move the bolsters, so the seat can be adjusted for smaller or larger person, or for more sporty or more comfortable setup. © Porsche
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ISOFIX © Porsche
Passenger airbag on/off © Porsche
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Safety bar in the door© Porsche
Left photo: front axle view from the front, right photo: rear axle view from the rear© Porsche + Stuttcars.com (base graphics from Porsche, joined by James Herne / Stuttcars.com)
PASM - Porsche Active Suspension Management© Porsche
The PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes give a weight reduction of 14 kg/30 lb on a Carrera S, but are not a problem-free choice© Porsche
The induction noise of the 3.8-litre engine became too loud for the regulations, so an active Helmholtz resonator was installed in the air cleaner box © Porsche
This picture shows the crankshaft shape of the 911 - every piston rod has its own crankshaft neck, so the pistons move away and towards the crankshaft at the same time - which looks like they box, hence the name 'boxer engine'© Porsche
Oil circuit of the 997.1 Carrera S 3.8-litre engine © Porsche
Combustion chamber of the 997.1 3.8-litre engine © Porsche
The exhaust gases from the left cylinder bank exit through the right exhaust pipe and vice versa © Porsche
997.1 Carrera 3.6 and Carrera S 3.8 © Porsche
997.1 Carrera S 3.8 © Porsche
997.1 Carrera 3.6 and Carrera S 3.8 - the main visual difference is in the intake manifold © Porsche
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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.

997 GT3 Cup photo revealed in January 2005© Porsche

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