3 New Variants Added To The 911 Model Range

by Sales Team on March 24, 2014

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé und Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Baujahr 1964)

The Porsche 911 is 50 years old this year, and with this milestone, Porsche has released several exciting variants to celebrate half a century of this iconic design.

The seventh generation of the 911, referred to by the Porsche internal designation 991, is now in its 3rd year of production. 2012 saw the 911 transition from the 997 to the 991, with the introduction of the “New Porsche 911” in Carrera and Carrera S models. In 2013, Porsche released the Carrera 4 and 4S versions which are the AWD versions. For 2014, 50 years since the first 911 was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche has added the Turbo and Turbo S variants, the track-focused GT3, along with a 50th Anniversary model.

2014 Porsche 991 Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo, introduced in 1976, has always had a special place in the hearts of Porsche Enthusiasts. Porsche took the chassis from their RSR racing car, along with the wildly exaggerated rear fender flares needed to accommodate the fat rear tires, and added the new Turbocharged version of the flat 6. The results were nothing short of revolutionary; a 0-60mph time of under 6 seconds and a top speed of more than 150 mph were very serious numbers at the time, when most cars struggled to reach 100 mph, and a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds was considered quick. The 911 Turbo, or 930, held the position of ‘World’s Fastest Accelerating Car’ for more than 10 years. It was very expensive at $25,000 USD in 1976, about twice the price of the standard 911, but there was nothing else like it; if you wanted the performance, comfort and build quality you paid the price or did without. Today’s collectors, many of whom were impressionable youths who had the poster of this car on their bedroom wall, are rapidly bidding up the price of these early cars, which have doubled in the last 18 months- you will need north of $100,000 to buy a good example today.

Since then the 911 Turbo has been the flagship of the Porsche model line. It has cemented itself as the ‘Usable Supercar’, offering towering performance whilst not sacrificing day to day usability. The current 991 Turbo (520hp) and Turbo S (560hp) available in Coupe or Cabriolet form, continue this tradition. 0-100km/hr in 3 seconds or less, a top speed of over 315km/hr make it one of the fastest cars in production today, yet it remains one of the most comfortable and usable sports cars.

2014 Porsche 991 GT3

The GT3 is a different animal, but no less special. Because the Porsche 911 Turbo has always included a full compliment of luxury equipment, its forte has been very fast touring. A car optimized for the race track needs to be as light as possible, and Porsche has always built a stripped-out lightweight version of their 911 for owners who plan on tracking or competing with their cars. Often these cars were ‘Homologation’ specials, which were street versions of race cars that were built to satisfy entry requirements of various race series. These cars include the iconic 1973 911 RS, an example of which just sold for $1.5M at auction. The current 991 GT3 has a normally aspirated, 9,000rpm, 3.8L flat 6, and is capable of lapping the Nurburg ring in less than 7min 30 sec – one of only a handful of production cars able to do so!

Other Classic Porsches that are raising eyebrows at collector car auctions are the early, chrome bumper 911’s. Produced from 1964 to 1973, these first generation 911’s, are increasingly sought after, and good 911 E or 911 S examples are bringing more than $150,000. For 2014, Porsche has come out with their “50th Anniversary” version of the 911, as a homage to these original cars. They are being built as a limited edition, with 50 examples coming to Canada, and they have all been sold out. The ‘50th’ 991, includes the Powerkit, a $22,000 option which includes significant engine modifications to raise the power to 430hp from 400, along with the Sport Chrono Package, and the Sport Exhaust. These are built on the RWD Carrera drivetrain, but feature the wider rear bodywork of the Carrera 4/4S. Special paint, interior and trim differentiate this car from the standard 911.

Later in 2014, as a 2015 Model Year, Porsche will also release a version of the classic 911 Targa. Stay tuned…

Lawrence Romanosky

Sales Manager

Porsche Centre Calgary

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