Since its inception in 1931, Porsche has been responsible for creating some of the world’s most sought-after luxury vehicles. From the award-winning Porsche 356 to the Porsche Carrera GT with its sleek exterior, the exclusive brand has continued to innovate over the decades. While there are many Porsche models that are worthy of an engine revving, perhaps none have been as captivating as the Porsche 911 – now in its eighth series.
The Debut of the 911
The 911 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, 32 years after Porsche launched. The car was originally designed to replace the brand’s popular 356 model – the 911 offered a more powerful engine and larger cabin for drivers. Packed with a Type 745 flat-six engine, the car was originally marketed as the Porsche 901. After another brand contested Porsche about the name of the 901, the model number was changed to 911 and has remained that way for decades.
Picking up Speed
By the time 1973 rolled around, car enthusiasts the world over were scrambling to get their hands on a 911. The model received a redesign 10 years after its debut, and the G model was met with wild enthusiasm from critics. With a tweaked design to better support safety functionality, revamped rear spoilers, and new bumper bellows, the car was ready to not only be driven faster, but to provide a more comfortable driving experience. Porsche tweaked the design again in 1977 by launching the 911 Turbo, which featured a charged air-cooler and more horses under the hood.
Holding On to Success
Having been around for more than 20 years, some car enthusiasts predicted that the Porsche 911 would begin to wane in popularity. However, the brand came out with a new addition to the series in 1988, when they put the 911 Carrera 4 on the market. Having been around for several decades, it was apparent that there were some major upgrades that could be performed on the car. Offering a more modernized feel, the latest Porsche 911 boasted 250 horses under the hood and a 3.6-liter flat engine. With new additions to the interior, like airbags and power steering, the Carrera 4 offered a completely new 911 driving experience. The 911 Carrera was so successful that numerous Carreras came along after it, including the Cabriolet, Targa, and Coupe.
Revving the Engine
The 911 model that was released in 1993 has become somewhat of a cult classic. The 1993 model, the Carrera 3.6 Coupe, featured an innovative design that today is regarded as one of the brand’s signature looks. With integrated bumpers and a lower hood than previous iterations of the 911, the car looks sleeker, more elegant, and yet somehow deliciously understated. With improved handling abilities and effective shock absorbers, this model is also renowned as one of the 911s to offer a the most seamless driving experience. The 3.4 Coupe was released in 1997, and piggybacked off the 3.6’s pursuit of excellence. With more limited fuel consumption and noise emission, this latest model featured a new and improved cockpit that valued driver comfort above all else.
Coming into the 21st century, Porsche 911s have continued to evolve. The 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S were released in 2004, featuring newly shaped headlights and a powerful 3.6-liter flat engine capable of 325 horsepower. With a newly devised Porsche Active Suspension Management system and a turbocharger, these Carrera models are some of the most powerful 911s to date.
Later, in 2011, the brand would once again improve upon the Carrera, presenting the 3.4 Coupe for sports car enthusiasts. Newly modified features include an improved wheelbase, an interior that’s designed for ease of access to controls as well as ergonomic comfort, and tires with better tread and greater width. 2013 brought about an upgraded Targa for drivers to revel in, and in 2015, the Porsche 911 got another upgrade – with a turbocharged flat engine at the heart of the car, featuring a 3.0 liter biturbo six-cylinder engine.
Porsche continues to produce vehicles that dominate the road and win over the hearts of car lovers. The latest 911 model is to be revealed in 2019, and is known to Porsche enthusiasts as the 992 – the vehicle’s serial number. Although not much is known about the latest iteration of the 911 yet, it’s said that the latest model will receive a major overhaul in terms of engine updates and interior styling. Perhaps mot impressively, the 2019 model will be a partial hybrid – the standard model will have a hybrid powertrain, although Turbo models will continue having standard engines.
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