The Many Faces of the Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 has been an icon in the sports car world for decades. And over the years, it has worn many faces and offered various levels of tune. But never before have there been as many versions of the 911 available as there are today. Let’s take a deep dive and see how all these versions of the Porsche 911 make it so incredible.
Porsche 911 Carrera
The 911 Carrera kicks off the entire 911 lineup with a starting price of $91,100. Buyers can get it in a coupe or convertible, which is also known as the Cabriolet, and in rear- or all-wheel drive — the latter is features a “4” in its name. The various states of tune are as follows:
The base Carrera boasts a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine that cranks out 370 horsepower. This is plenty for most drivers as it rockets the 911 to 60 mph in 4.1 to 4.6 seconds and up to a 180 to 181 mph top speed.
The Carrera S builds upon the legendary performance of the 911 Carrera with some added power. Porsche tuned the 911 Carrera S’ 3.0-liter engine to 420 horsepower. This launches the 911 to 60 mph in 3.8 to 4.3 seconds and pushes it to up to 188 to 190 mph.
The Porsche 911 Carrera T is everything the standard Carrera is but stripped down to just the necessities. With all its weight savings, the Carrera T makes the most of its 370 horsepower, pushing this coupe to 60 mph in just 4 to 4.3 seconds.
Porsche 911 Targa 4
The 911 Targa 4 is another blast from the past as it is a resurrection of the Targa top from years past. Of course, the targa top is no far more advanced than before, but it is still the same part-open-air experience as it was years ago.
The Targa 4 is basically the Carrera 4 with the targa top. So, it boasts the 370-horsepower Tu version of the six-cylinder engine, but the added weight from its top does slow it a bit. This sports car sprints to 60 mph in 4.3 to 4.5 seconds.
The Porsche 911 Targa 4S is the Carrera 4S with the targa top. Like the base Targa 4, the added weight from the top slows it a bit, but the 911 Targa 4S is still plenty quick with a 4 to 4.2-second sprint time to 60 mph.
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Another step up the line, and you come to the even more powerful GTS models. The Porsche Carrera GTS is available in coupe, cabriolet, targa, and with all-wheel drive. What separates these from the pack are their 450-horsepower engines, reduced sound-deadening material, and seven-speed manual transmissions.
Porsche 911 Turbo
Not to say the rest of the 911 lineup to this point was boring, but this is where things get really interesting. The 911 Turbo lineup comes in two main tunes, base and S, plus both states of tune are available as a coupe or cabriolet.
The 911 Turbo makes the switch to a larger 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that injects 540 horsepower through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for a 0-to-60 sprint time of just 2.9 seconds.
911 Turbo S
Oh, the 911 Turbo isn’t enough? Toss a little “S” on it and get 580 horses and a 0-to-60 time as low as 2.8 seconds.
Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 lineup turns the focus to track performance, which means better control of the engine’s torque band. To do this, the GT3 lineup scraps the turbochargers and opts for naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engines.
The base 911 GT3’s 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine churns out 500 horsepower and pairs to either a seven-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission. This drop in power relative to the Turbio models means a significantly slower 0-to-60 time — 3.2 to 3.8 seconds, to be precise — but it means more control.
911 GT3 RS
The 911 GT3 RS goes all out with the racing look and feel while pushing the GT3’s 4.0-liter powertrain to a new level. This engine cranks out 520 horsepower, which helps sprint it to 60 mph in 3 seconds.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Want a supercar level of performance from your 911? The GT2 RS is the route for you. With its 700 horsepower and dual-clutch transmission, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS sprints to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and clips a supercar-beating 211 mph. This is the real deal, folks.