Porsche 911: Here's A Look At All Its Generations
The 911 model was launched by Porsche in 1964 as a rear engine 2 seater sports car. The 911 is a good example of a well-aged car. Known for its reliable technology, unique flat-6 engine and four-wheel drive powertrain, Porsche has given close attention to making remarkable improvements in every new generation of the model. Porsche is providing its customers with various options and body types of the 911 through all of their generations. Let us have a look at all the generations of the 911 so far.
This was the first generation of the Porsche 911 which was publicly showcased in 1963 and started production in 1964. One of the distinctive features of this car was its flat-6 air-cooled engine which was naturally aspirated and rear-mounted.
Popularly known as the 911 Turbo, the 930 was second generation of the Porsche 911, distinguished by its raised large rear spoiler affectionately called the ´whale tail´. As the moniker 911 Turbo suggests, the car was powered by a 3L turbocharged flat-6 engine. Even though the engine used a KKK turbocharger, it was air cooled and produced a decent 256 BHP of power.
The 964 was the first 911 Carrera model to enter the market. The car was sold as Carrera 2 – the rear-wheel-drive variant and Carrera 4 – the all-wheel drive variant. The 964 variant came with a naturally aspirated 3.6L flat-6 engine which was air/oil cooled as opposed to the air cooled previous generations.
993 was the last generation of air cooled engines powering the 911 series. 993 was also the generation which skipped turbocharger and went the naturally aspirated way. The 3.6L flat-6 powertrain was capable of producing 272 BHP of power.
The 996 was the first of all the generations of 911 to swap their air cooling by water-cooling owing to the high power output of the engine which demanded more effective cooling solution. Known for its typical ‘fried egg' shaped headlights, this generation was initially powered by a 3.4L naturally aspirated engine which was later replaced by a 3.6L twin-turbocharged flat-6 producing 414 BHP of power.
This was the generation which modernized the 911 model. It was during this time that the car gained its modern classic reputation. The company introduced many new technologies in the powertrain including direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Porsche started selling the 911 in both non turbo and turbo options. The 997 generation, as other previous generations, came in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options. The 3.6L twin-turbocharged engine option as capable of producing 612 BHP of power.
The 991 generation or the sixth generation of the Porsche 911 was not much of a change or upgrade as compared to its predecessor. The generation underwent a few mechanical changes like increased overall length and wheelbase. The car came with multiple engine options to choose from. All engine options coming in a flat-6 configuration, Porsche offered 3.4L, 3.8L, 4L naturally aspirated versions and a 3.8L twin-turbocharged version.
992 is the latest generation of the Porsche 911 with all the modern electro-mechanical bells and whistles like adaptive suspension, electronic rear differential lock, rear axle steering and many more. The 992 generation is not much of a change as compared to its previous generation. The engine options include a 4L naturally aspirated version and two twin turbo options – 3L and 3.7L.