History of Porsche 911 by Glass
The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic cars in the world. It is also one of the longest running to be produced under the same name. Although there are many car enthusiasts that absolutely love the car, there are still many people that only know the basic history of the model. So, here follows a brief history of one of the most iconic vehicles ever produced.
Early 911 (1963-1973)
In 1963 Porsche AG of Stuttgart commenced production of a rear engine 2+2 seater sports car known as the 901. However, Porsche changed the name to the 911 after Peugeot complained that they already owned the rights to the 901 name. 55 years later and after several major changes and facelifts the 911 name still exists.
The original design continued for 10 years, although there were many technical alterations and advances. Next came the G Series version which saw significant changes and the evolution in design began. 1973 also saw the first “Targa” version and the introduction of the “Carrera” name into the 911 range. The Targa had a stainless steel roll bar and a removable roof section to give the driver a little open-top driving feel. The Carrera was introduced to the 911 range for the Carrera RS version which had a 2687cc engine and produced 210PS.
The 964 (1989-1994)
In 1989 the 964 version was launched which ran for 5 years. This was a stripped out, super lightweight version of the car with a 3.6 litre 6-cylinder engine which produced 260bhp. There was also a very limited edition model with a 3.8 litre engine producing 300bhp, and then an even more powerful RSR version which had around 375bhp. Only 51 of the RSR models were ever built and to own one of these you will need very deep pockets with one being sold in 2017 for £1.7 million.
The 993 (1994-1998)
From 1994 onwards the 993 version of the 911 went on sale, this heralded the last of the air cooled engines. The 993 was widely regarded as a thing of beauty and is still regarded by many enthusiasts as the best 911 ever produced. The 993 GT2 was another very limited version with only 57 road versions built. In 2016 a 1995 GT2 (993) in Riviera Blue was sold at Sotheby’s for a massive £1.848 million.
The 996 (1998-2001) & 996.2 (2001-2004)
In 1998 the 996 version was launched and the changes did not go down well with many. Firstly, there was the loss of the air-cooled engine, then there was the fact that it looked a lot like the Boxster. Porsche did produce 2 GT variants though, the 456hp GT2 and the lower powered 375hp MK1 GT3. The more recent GT models have been produced in far greater numbers and so there are plenty available in the used market.
The 997 (2004-2008) & 997.2 (2008-2011)
2004 saw the launch of the 997 version. The styling was much improved, with the return of the round headlights that harked back to the original design. It was similar in size than the not-so-loved 996 and stood out a little more as a 911. The GT2 version was the first 911 to get over 500hp, the first to exceed 200mph and the first with launch control. The GT3 gained even more power, with 410hp.
The 991 (2011-2015) & 991.2 (2015-Current)
The 991 version was launched in 2011 and is still current today, although we are now on the 991.2 version as there was another update in 2015. The biggest disappointment with the latest 991 version when it was launched, was the introduction of an electric steering system.
The latest version of the GT2 RS launched last year is powered by a 3.8 litre engine that produces 690bhp and 750 Nm of Torque and can get to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 211mph.