Porsche 911 – The Evolution of an Iconic Car That Is Still Selling Big

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Porsche 911 is perhaps the most iconic line of vehicles from Porsche. The production of the line started back in 1963, and it is still continuing in the present day. There are numerous 911 models, and, although Porsche has internally changed its models’ headings, all of the 911 models have been sold and are still sold as 911.

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You may find that, according to Porsche’s internal classifications, the 911 line was produced between 1963 and 1989; then, the company designed their Porsche 930, which was a turbo version of the 911, followed by Porsche 964 – produced between 1989 and 1993, Porsche 993 – produced between 1993 and 1998.

911 series

The Porsche 996 – produced between 1999 and 2005, Porsche 997- produced between 2005 and 2011 and Porsche 991 – released in 2011. Names such as Carrera or Turbo point out the specific model trim, but they are also part of the 911 series, so their complete names are Porsche 911 Carrera or Porsche 911 Turbo, etc.

Porsche 911 – The Evolution of an Iconic Car That Is Still Selling Big

Series letters are also used by the company to show revisions for the production cars; so, you will find that the first 911 models are A-series, while the first 993 models are R-series.

The Porsche 911 (pronounced “nine-eleven”) is a luxury rear-engined, two-door grand tourer, featuring a distinctive design and independent rear suspension. Before the introduction of the 966 series in 1998, the engine of the car was air-cooled; then, after 34 years of production, this engine was replaced with an innovative water-cooled model.

Modified for Races and Rallies

From 1963 and until now, the car was in continuous change, although the manufacturers managed to keep the basic concept unaffected by the car’s development. The Porsche 911 was not only modified by the factory itself, but also by private teams, for automotive competitions such as rallies or races.

The 911 is known to be one of the most successful competition cars ever. It came fifth in the international poll award of 1999, meant to determine and recompense the Car of the Century. Just 2 cars out of this top five (one of which is the 911) have remained in continuous production.

One of the oldest sports coupés

The 911 is one of the oldest sports coupes (that have preserved the nameplates and are still faithful to the original concept) that is still in production. Porsche 911 is available as a two-door coupe, two-door cabriolet and two-door Targa (body styles), and it can feature rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.


The 911 has gained many awards and nominations, including place 3 in the Top Sports Cars of the 1960s classification and place 7 for the 911 Carrera in the Top Sports Cars of the 1980s classification (made by Sports Car International in 2004), and place 2 on the list of 100 Coolest Cars (made by Automobile Magazine) .

The 2012 Porsche 911 is expected to be unveiled in fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show; the new Porsche 911 will have a longer wheelbase, an airier interior, and its console layout and cabin materials will resemble the Panamera quite a lot. Read this awesome article on Porsche Cayenne.

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