Know Your 911: Part 7

Longer, wider, lighter, faster. The 991 911 has been with us for seven years but certainly made its mark. The 991 launched in 2011, with the usual “how can you tell it’s new” jokes to go with it. Porschephiles don’t care about that stuff and neither do I. They’re not going to change the look and rightly so. The 991 grew again, both in overall length and in its wheelbase, again to fit bigger humans and more stuff. The wheelbase grew a whopping 10cm making it look longer and lower,…

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Porsche 911 GTS 997 Cars 

Know Your 911: Part 6

Six generations in and the 911 range got bigger and deeper. With variants galore to suit all tastes, from a sweet entry-level Carrera 2 to fire-breathing GT2 RS. The 997 arrived in a blaze. In 2004, Porsche was riding pretty high, backed by its ever-closer relationship with the Volkswagen Group. The aggro over the move away from water-cooling had long since been silenced and Porsche’s designer produced a cleaner, prettier car than the 996. A new approach to both ends of the car, while maintaining the instantly recognisable profile, created…

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996 Porsche 911 Cars 

Know Your 911: Part 5

Porsche’s fifth 911, the 996, re-wrote big chunks of the rule book. Longer, wider and with fried egg headlights, it also had – gasp – a watercooled flat-six. Did the 996…dilute the brand? (I am not sorry) Looking for the other parts? Click here! The 996 was a bit of a mixed bag. The company was on a bit of an efficiency drive, both in a financial and engineering sense. The former forced the same nose as the entry-level Boxster on to the 911 while the latter meant the end…

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993 Porsche 911 Cars 

Know Your 911: Part 4

In the fourth edition of the run-up to the 911’s eighth generation, we have a look at the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993. Looking for the rest of the series? Click here! You know Porsche kept saying things were 80-percent-plus new in the G and 964 and you couldn’t really believe it because they looked so similar. Well this time, you can believe it. A bit. Apparently the only thing that stayed the same was the roof. And even then, if you bought a Targa, the roof style…

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964 911 Carrera 2/4 Cars 

Know Your 911: Part 3

The third 911 is known by the fans as the 964. At the time, Porsche said that 85% of the car was new despite having the same shell as the G Series with integrated plastic bumpers. Looking for the other parts? Click here! The 964 arrived under a cloud. In 1989 Porsche was in a fair bit of economic trouble (foreshadowing the near-flameout two decades later) and the 964 had to perform on the dealer floor. Yeah, it did pretty well. Nearly 100,000 over the five years it was on…

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1982 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Cars 

Know Your 911: Part 2

Porsche’s second-generation of the decade-old 911 was really just a big facelift. Known as the G model, its growing popularity in the US and the big changes in the global market meant big changes for Porsche’s 2+2. Looking for the other parts? Click here The G-Series was half-rationalisation – you could only get the 2.7-litre flat-six from the start – and half regulatory. The US had brought in rules that fundamentally ruined the looks of a lot of cars, most famously the MGB. Most American cars were already too ugly to…

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1965 Porsche 911 Cars 

Know Your 911: Part 1

We’re counting down the 911s as launch day for the eighth-generation moves closer. Here we start with the original 911, released fifty-five years ago. Porsche intended the 356 successor to be called 901 but pesky old Peugeot got in the way. After some no doubt tense discussions – things are rather rosier between the two countries today – Porsche settled on 911. A hit in the US, the car quickly took hold. Porsche introduced a drop top and in response to US concerns about that style of car’s safety record,…

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Porsche 919 Nurburgring Cars 

Porsche 919 Nürburgring: Lap Time Shredded

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo has shredded the Nürburgring lap time set three decades ago by Stefan Bellof. I mean, seriously. This thing is so fast it barely registered with me, I thought it was fake news. But it sunk in that the lap record for the Ring is now firmly in the low five minute range. Porsche 919 Tribute Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo is currently on something of a victory lap of the planet, knocking off records as it goes. Following Porsche’s withdrawal from the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1…

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Porsche Taycan Cars 

Porsche Taycan – New Electric Porsche Named

Porsche’s electric future is underway and the first car has a name – Porsche Taycan. Yeah, you read that right. Tell me you didn’t hear aha’s “Take On Me” in your head as soon as you saw that. Mission-E becomes Porsche Taycan The Porsche path to electric has been a long, considered one. While Tesla provides covering fire for everyone, the people at Porsche have been getting on with it. By 2022, Porsche will have spent more than €6bn (US$7.1bn) on electric mobility. That’s twice the originally-planned figure, but I smell…

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911 GT3 RS Cars Fast Cars 

Porsche Amps Up The 911: The GT3 RS Is Here

Porsche’s brand new track weapon, the 911 GT3 RS is here and boy is it a machine. Naturally-aspirated, lighter and harder, the new RS is certain to keep tongues wagging for years to come. And after the GT3 and GT2 RS, it’s the third hardcore “road-approved” 911 in less than 12 months. 911 GT3 RS Based, obviously, on the 911 GT3, this bad boy is, predictably, rather more than a stickers-and-shocks pack. The 4.0-litre flat six smacks out 383kW (520PS) for a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds before heading on…

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