Several automakers celebrate a birthday this year. For Aston Martin, its 100 years for Buick, it will be 110 years, like Ford. In the case of the German carmaker Porsche, this is the 50th anniversary of its legendary model Porsche 911 1964 being celebrated.
The Porsche 911 truly was put on the market in 1964. But it is at the international motor show in Frankfurt that its prototype 901a model was unveiled in September 1963. Since then, Porsche has produced more than 820,000 Porsche 911 models.
The first Porsche 911 was the successor of the popular 365. Its small six-cylinder engine flat developed only 130 horses, but the car could spin up to 210 km/h. In 1965, the lovers of the brand could get the 912, which was a version four-cylinder flat of the 911. In 1966, the manufacturer launched the S version of the 911 that the engine could do 160 horses followed the Targa Cabriolet.
In 1967, the Porsche 911 was available with the semi-automatic Sportomatic box. In 1969, the Porsche 911 engine spent 2.2 L and 2.4 L in 1971. Version RS 2.7 of 1971, it acknowledged a small rear spoiler qualified of duck tail, displayed 210 horses.
A second generation
Ten years later, Porsche engineers created the G model which was produced from 1973 to 1989. Obviously, these cars were given huge bumper to meet new U.S. standards of collision. Always the name of security, the Porsche 911 began to be supplied with three-point safety belts and head restraints.
In 1974 that the now legendary Turbo version has emerged with its 3.0 L with 260 horsepower engine. In 1977, the same engine had been 3.3 L and 300 horses. The cabriolet arrived in 1982 and the Speedster version in 1989.
The 964 arrives
After 15 years of production, a new 911 has emerged with a platform revised at 85%. It was in 1988. Under the hood was hiding a six cylinder flat 3.6 l still air-cooled and 250 horsepower. The generation 964 closely resembled that of the previous generation, except for the bumper and rear deflector.
It was then that appeared the Tiptronic gearbox, ABS brakes and version Porsche Carrera 4 AWD. In 1992, the Turbo was made at 360 horsepower.
Porsche 993, The last air cooled
The Porsche 993 version was one of the most pleasant of the mark. Then, we saw appear oval headlights. The Turbo version was equipped with two turbochargers so that the Porsche 911 GT2 was created for lovers of high speed. However, purists of the brand have a special fondness for this car. It was the last Porsche with air-cooled engine.
The 996 liquid-cooled
The generation 996 a was produced from 1997 to 2005. It was a brand new car that it retained the original silhouette of the Porsche 911, with the influence of the Porsche Boxster published earlier.
But most importantly, c’ was the first of these Porsche with a liquid-cooled engine.
In 1999, Porsche launched the Porsche GT3 as the Porsche GT2 became the first sports car brakes ceramic as standard equipment.
The turn of the 997
In 2004, Porsche still launched a new 911, known as code number 997. 3.6 L engine developing then 325 horses, but the Porsche Carrera S had a 3.8 L 355-horsepower six-cylinder engine. The chassis has been intensively reviewed and in 2006, Porsche offered the 911 Turbo turbocharger with variable geometry turbine. Eventually, the 911 was going to be offered in 24 versions and finishes.
The current Porsche 991
The Porsche we are experiencing now, “born” in 2011, has the code number 991. In addition to its smaller 3.4 L engine more economical (but more powerful than the 997), one can highlight the lighter steel and aluminum construction and a seven-speed manual gearbox. While we have made the seventh generation of Porsche 911, it recognizes always the original silhouette of 1963.
The line has evolved while the engineers and designers of the brand are on a new generation of 911… It should keep this legendary silhouette at the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition!