991 (GEN 1): 2012-2016
Two-door Coupe and Cabriolet, water-cooled and direct fuel injected flat-six, rear-engine, rear- and four-wheel drive. Seven-speed manual and PDK gearbox. New, long
wheelbase, new body and design and new interior. The seventh generation of the iconic 911 was as big a step-change from the 997 as the 993 was to the water-cooled 996. The carry-over parts were very few, the changes made were like nothing seen in the last 17 years. There is the new seven-speed manual gearbox, a world first, dynamic chassis control (a first for the 911) and electronic power-steering - the critics slam it.
The more powerful, 400hp 3.8-litre has an epic performance. For the first time we'd consider PDK over manual gearbox. But PDK only makes sense with the optional paddle shift controls, if you opt for either the GT3 or Turbo models PDK is your only option. The 911 was last bastion of the truly wonderful manual gearbox, no* it's gone from the likes of the GT3 and the Turbo, it feels like a chapter has closed.
Advent of GTS models creates a fast road 911 with the comforts, but in 2015 it's the GT3 RS that blows everyone away. It's one of Prenungerís finest and one the most track-focused 911s ever created.
991 (GEN 2): 2015-
The 911 Carrera goes turbocharged. It's the biggest change for the 911 since the shift from air- to water-cooled engines. Face-lift is subtle; new bumpers, light: and vertical slats on the deck lid being the real give away.
Four variants appear at first: Carrera Coupe and Coupe S Cabriolet and Cabriolet S; all run a new 298l cc engine with two small BorgWarner turbochargers. PDK or manual gearboxes are offered. The Carrera versions offer 370 the Powerkitted S models 420hp, the Carrera S is the sub four-second 0~60mph 911 Carrera ever, doing it in 3.9-seconds. Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa and Cabrio versions soon follow.
Inside, the 911 falls in line with its siblings with a 918 inspired wheel. New driving mode switch allows adjustment to the car's performance, new Sports Response Button (SRB) shifts the car into a heightened state of readiness for overtaking. Rear axle steering from Turbo and GT3's Nose lift are Carrera options for the first time. New comfort and convenience features are added, too. Following the Carrera models, Porsche reveals the 3.8 litre bi-turbo six-cylinder 540hp 911 Turbo and 580hp Turbo available in Coupe and Convertible guises. Power gain provided by a modified cylinder head and new turbochargers with larger compressors.
Both receive the Sport Chrono (with Mode switch), the SRB. PASM is standard. PCCB ceramics come are standard on the Turbo S. Each can be specified with a radar based lane change assist function and Nose Lift. Revised front end styling incorporates LED lighting, rear deck lid is also redesigned with longitudinal louvers, and a section designed to optimize air flow into the engine. New, wider, 20-in wheels feature on both models, the Turbo S features seven-spoke center locking alloy wheels.
991 Gen-2 (2015-)
2015:2016MY - Wheelbase (mm): 2450; Length/Width (mm): 4499/1808; Height (mm) 1303/1297 (Carrera, Carrera S/Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera Cabriolet 5) - Significant developments: All-new 2981 cc turbocharged DF1 engine with two small BorgWarner turbochargers, seven-speed PDK or seven-speed manual gearboxes offered, the Carrera versions provide 370hp, Powerkitted S models 420hp, Carrera S the first sub four-second 911 Carrera to 60mph at 3.9-seconds (PDK with Sport Chrono), drivability is the big question, torque 3321b ft and 3691b ft respectively, new driving 'Mode' switch provides different driving dynamics, new Sports Response Button shifts the car into a heightened state of readiness for overtaking, for the first time on a Carrera rear axle steering from Turbo is an option, GT3's Nose Lift also available, face-lifted styling is subtle: new bumpers, lights and vertical slats on the deck lid are the real giveaways.
There are also revised exhaust tailpipes and a new alloy wheel design - rear wheels now measure 11.5"-wide, overall weight increases, partly due to heavier turbocharged engine, Carrera now weighs 1430kg. All-wheel drive Carrera 4, 4S, Cabriolet 4, Cabriolet 4S, Targa 4 and Targa 45 models soon follow. Power and torque identical to Carrera models. New 540hp 911 Turbo and 580hp Turbo S follow, available in Coupe and Convertible guises offering more power than their predecessors. The 3.8-litre bi-turbo six-cylinder engine boasts an increase of 20hp over its forebear, gains are provided by modified cylinder head inlet ports, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure. The 911 Turbo S uses new turbochargers with larger compressors, it hits 62mph in 2.9 seconds; Turbo model does the same in 3.0 seconds. The top speeds reach 200mph for the first time: 205mph (Turbo S) and 199mph (Turbo) respectively, yet they can return in the region of 30mpg. Both models receive the Sport Chrono Package (with Mode switch), and the SRB allows drivers to select one of four dynamic driving modes. PASM is standard on both, PCCB ceramics are standard on the Turbo S. A radar-based lane change assist function is an option, as is Nose Lift. Both feature revised front end styling incorporating LED lighting, the rear deck lid has also been redesigned featuring longitudinal louversí and a separate section designed to optimize air flow into the engine. New, wider, 20-inch wheels feature on both models, the Turbo S features new seven-spoke center locking alloys.