Technical guide for the all-new Porsche 991 911


It's no secret that Porsche's 911 is one of the greatest sports cars ever made.  With it's rich heritage going back 50 years, the distinctive Porsche design for the 911 makes it a model that enthusiasts strive to own.  In 2012 they released the completely new design for the Porsche 911 dubbed internally as the 991.  What can be confusing though is which models are out and what's going to be available soon.  You have to sort through cars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera, Turbo, Turbo S, GT3, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera 4, etc.  How can you tell the difference?

Introduced in 1963, the Porsche 911 features a rear-engine design with independent rear suspension.  Though the layout and basic look of the vehicle has remain unchanged, the car has seen numerous iterations.  The 911 is considered to be a timeless classic that offers the ultimate driver's car to whomever drives one.  It features unparalleled handling, road feel, and acceleration wrapped into a complete package.  It's not the fastest car you can buy and it's not the most expensive car on the road (though it still costs a pretty penny).  But the 911 offers the most direct link between driver, car, and road.

Originally offered with an air-cooled horizontally opposed 6 cylinder motor, the 991 offers a water-cooled motor which was originally introduced in the Porsche 996.  Though many Porsche traditionalists claim that the air-cooled 911 is the only proper 911, the water-cooled engine is more fuel efficient at dissipating heat which, allows the engines to be run at a higher rev and stress levels.  The current water-cooled motor is offered in a few variations for the 911 and they are as follows:

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S Spoiler

991 911 Carrera:
Released: 2012.5
Base MSRP: $84,300
Weight: 3042 lbs M 3086 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.4L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 350 HP
Torque: 287 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.6 M 4.4 PDK 4.2 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 19/27 M 20/28 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera S:
Released: 2012.5
Base MSRP: $98,900
Weight: 3075 lbs M 3120 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 HP
Torque: 325 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.3 M 4.1 PDK 3.9 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 19/27 M 20/27 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera 4:
Released: 2013
Base MSRP: $91,030
Weight: 3153 lbs M 3197 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.4L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 350 HP
Torque: 287 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.7 Manual 4.5 PDK 4.3 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 19/27 M 20/28 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera 4S:
Released: 2013
Base MSRP: $105,630
Weight:3186 lbs M 3230 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 HP
Torque: 325 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.3 M 4.1 PDK 3.9 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 18/26 M 19/26 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera Cabriolet:
Released: 2012.5
Base MSRP: $96,200
Weight: 3197 lbs M 3241 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.4L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 350 HP
Torque: 287 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.8 M 4.6 PDK 4.4 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 19/27 M 20/28 PDK
Fuel tank:  16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera Cabriolet S:
Released: 2012.5
Base MSRP: $110,800
Weight: 3230 lbs M 3274 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 HP
Torque: 350 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.5 M 4.3 PDK 4.1 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 19/27 M 19/27 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera Cabriolet 4:
Released: 2013
Base MSRP: $102,930
Weight: 3307 lbs M 3351 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.4L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 350 HP
Torque: 287 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.9 M 4.7 PDK 4.5 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 19/26 M 20/27 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Carrera Cabriolet 4S:
Released: 2013
Base MSRP: $117,530
Weight: 3340 lbs M 3384 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 HP
Torque: 350 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.5 M 4.3 PDK 4.1 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: 18/26 M 19/26 PDK
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Turbo:
Released: Due early 2014
Base MSRP: $148,300
Weight: 3531 lbs
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 520 HP
Torque: 487 lb/ft (524 with sport over boost)
0 - 60: 3.2 PDK 3.0 PDK with Sport Chrono (seconds)
Offered in manual: No
Fuel Economy: TBA
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 Turbo S:
Released: Due early 2014
Base MSRP: $181,100
Weight: 3550 lbs
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 560 HP
Torque: 516 lb/ft (553 with sport over boost)
0 - 60: 2.9 seconds
Offered in manual: No
Fuel Economy: TBA
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 GT3:
Released: TBD
Base MSRP: $130,400
Weight: 3153 lbs
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 HP
Torque: 325 lb/ft
0 - 60: 3.3 seconds
Offered in manual: No
Fuel Economy: TBA
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

991 911 50th Anniversary edition:
Released:  Sometime Fall 2013
Base MSRP: $124,100
Weight: 3109 lbs M 3153 lbs PDK
Engine: 3.8L Horizontally Opposed 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 430 HP
Torque: 325 lb/ft
0 - 60: 4.2 M 3.8 PDK (seconds)
Offered in manual: Yes
Fuel Economy: TBA
Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons

You can find more specifications on the 991 Porsche 911 on their website, along with a list of their standard features.  They are absolutely brilliant cars.  I spent the last few days driving the different variations of the 991 and I am in love.  Seriously.  I fear it's an unhealthy love...  My favorite one to drive (not that I drove the Turbo, Turbo S, 50th Anniversary, or the GT3) was easily the Carrera S Cabriolet.  The top down, controlled driving combined with the brilliantly aggressive exhaust note kept a stupid grin plastered all over my face.  It was nothing short of meditatively perfect.  It's like reaching a higher plane of existence.  You're in the clouds surrounded by singing angels carrying bottles of aged bourbon, driving on flat roads with no speed limits, and no chance of an empty tank.  Brilliant.

For those of you who are thinking that perhaps an older 911 would be better suited for your needs or budget, especially if you are a first time Porsche buyer, you should check out the advice for first time Porsche buyers on Hemmings.

On that note, I will leave you with this wonderful exhaust note at idle for the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.  I need that car.  What are your thoughts on the 991?  What do you want to know?



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