As the successor of the Porsche 356, the 911 captured the hearts of sports car fans from the start. The original 911 was launched as the Type 901 at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963 with a newly developed flat-six engine and lightweight body design. This unique vision of the ideal sports car would change the automotive world forever, and its spirit is evident in every iteration of the 911 in the decades since.
For the next generation, the G Model—which entered series production 10 years after its premiere—the 911 was given a major overhaul by the Porsche engineers. It became an instant favorite, manufactured from 1973 until 1989—longer than any other 911 generation. Among the G-Series models was the 911 Carrera 2.7, which included a standard rear spoiler. The G Model was also one of the first Porsche models to feature a full galvanized body shell.
In the early ’70s, after a series of significant motorsports victories and technological advances, Porsche engineers began incorporating track-proven technologies into the new production cars. One of the models to benefit most from the close connection to motorsports also became one of the most iconic sports cars within the G Model family: the groundbreaking 911 Turbo (Type 930). The model represents the first production 911 to feature forced induction and the ability to sprint from 0–60 mph in a mere 5.5 seconds. This was a special feat for cars of that generation.
Many experts predicted the end of an era when Porsche introduced the 911 Carrera 4 (Type 964)—more than 85 percent of the car was new compared to the previous generation. The Type 964 ushered in numerous firsts by offering its drivers power steering, anti-lock brakes, and all-wheel drive. Two major performance firsts were the switch from torsion bars to coil-over springs and the addition of active aerodynamics. Models built from 1994 until 1998 were the last of the air-cooled designs, known internally as the Type 993. Within the 993 generation, the 911 Turbo represented the first twin-turbocharged engine configuration in a production 911. Together, these make the Type 993 a firm favorite of many Porsche enthusiasts.
In 1999, the Type 996 was introduced, and it remained in production until 2005. The 996 was yet another turning point in the history of the 911. This generation was an entirely new 911, and the first to have a water-cooled engine—without losing any of the classic version’s character. In addition to a new engine, the 996 was the first 911 to have the new Tiptronic-S transmission. In July 2004, it was time for Porsche to launch another generation of the 911, referred to internally as the model Type 997. This was also the generation that was the first to offer the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission.
The seventh generation of the 911-1, introduced to the world in 2011, featured many key updates and upgrades, from a bonded steel and aluminum layout to a wider front track and longer wheelbase for improved handling to complement the increased engine power. And now comes the 911-II, far from the first, yet still the first of its kind. The new 911, arriving at Momentum Porsche this month, represents some of the most significant advancements in the history of the 911. A benchmark in its class for generations, this 911 sets the bar higher than ever.
The 911-II boasts a new turbo engine offering more power, torque and efficiency, a new chassis system for even greater comfort and performance, central tailpipes for increased sports car sound, 3-D taillights, seamless Internet connectivity and more.
Greatness has only ever known one path…face up to the best you’ve ever been…and be…better. Momentum Porsche is thrilled to introduce the new Porsche 911—the only car that could beat a 911.