Evolution of the 911 Porsche

Porsche has managed to continue with top-of-the-line vehicles while keeping the aesthetics and beauty of the original Porsche style. Check out how one of the public’s favorite lines of Porsche cars has evolved to what it is today:


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Starting with the 1963 – Original ‘901’ 911. Designed by Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Porsche, the original 911 produced 130bhp from its flat-six ‘boxer’ engine.


 

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Then in 1969 – ‘C Series’ 911 was introduced with a number of improvements, namely its longer wheelbase, which balanced the vehicle’s handling. Its 2.2-litre flat-six also produced more power, at 180bhp.


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Followed by the 1973 – 911 Carrera RS 2.7 A racing car for the road, the RS 2.7 was a lightweight, stripped-out, 210bhp beast. Today, they are a collector’s dream and are considered by many to be the greatest 911 ever.

 

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Then the 1975 – ‘930’ 911 Turbo came as an icon in its own right. The original 911 Turbo was boosted to a mammoth 260bhp and was easily recognisable thanks to its radical wide rear-arches and ‘whale tale’ rear-wing.


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1978 – 911SC ‘Targa’. In 1979 Porsche planned to replace the 911 with the 928, but thanks to strong sales from this and the fully convertible 911 introduced in 1982, the 911’s lifespan continued.


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In 1989 – ‘964’ 911 Porsche style was a natural development from earlier models, yet its chassis, engine and drivetrain were brand new. It now pumped out 246bhp and reached 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds.

 

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The final 1994 air-cooled 911, the ‘993’ was dramatically more powerful and featured a re-designed front and rear end, boosting aerodynamic efficiency. A Turbo (pictured) incarnation was introduced in 1995, featuring 4-wheel drive and over 400bhp.


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It’s fair to say the ‘996’ released in 1996 didn’t go down particularly well upon release; its ‘teardrop’ headlights and soft styling didn’t help. Its new water-cooled engine proved extremely reliable though, and its many variants including the GT3, GT2 and Turbo were still about as quick as anything on the road.


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The 2005 ‘997’ 911 was a relief for enthusiasts. Vintage-inspired details such as the round headlamps returned and whilst many classic 911 driving traits were still present, the car’s everyday usability was vastly improved. Once again, many variants were introduced including the GT3 RS4.0, which, in manual gearbox form, is considered to be one of the best driver’s cars of all time.


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The 2012 ‘991’ 911 boasted a number of new features and innovations including a torque vectoring system, active suspension management and four-wheel steering. The Turbo S was introduced last year, becoming one of the fastest Porsches ever, reaching 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds thanks to its 560bhp engine and clever 4-wheel drive system.


The fully redesigned 2020 Porsche 911 earns a spot near the top of our luxury sports car rankings, and it's easy to see why. It delivers the power and performance that you want from a Porsche and boasts plenty of tech features in its stylish cabin.



The 911 Porsche is a fast, reliable and safe vehicle that will never cease to look sharp and modern. We take pride in the vehicle’s rich history and would love for you to come check it out for yourself! Visit our showroom from Monday - Saturday and don’t forget to browse our online inventory



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