The Evolution of Porsche 911 (1 Photo at a Time)

When you think of a sports car, you think, “Porsche”. More specifically, the Porsche 911. More than any other car in the world today, any car enthusiast would know that the auto company’s flagship model has not changed much. Even it’s most modern version, the 911 Targa, stays true to its predecessor’s shape and form, proving that you don’t need to make that many changes to the aesthetic of your automobile. If you build a car brand that performs well and is loved by all, people will still buy your product.

Today, we’ll look at the evolution of the Porsche 911, from its first model in the 1960s to its more recent versions.

The Porsche 911 2.0

  • The 911 2.0

The first 911 was built as an even more luxurious car than its predecessor, the 356. It boasted a more powerful 6-cylinder engine, an updated look, and more spacious interior (it was a 4-seater instead of the 356 design’s 2). When released in 1964, it was well received as a luxury car, with Car and Driver calling the 911 “…worth the price of all the old Porsches put together.”

The aesthetics of the car were based on the Porsche 695. However, one slight different between the 911 and 695 was the inclusion of the famous slope in the rear portion of the car, which looked like it had gone through tedious metal stamping work, a service available here in the Philippines. This design element made the 911 into the iconic automobile it is today.

The Porsche 911 2.2

  • The 911 2.2

In the early 70s, the 2.2 was constructed as a lighter type of Porsche, with parts like the bumper and engine lid made of aluminum. Its new lightweight body was meant for the racetrack, although an M470 option was made available, making the 2.2 fit for road driving. Seeing that modifications could be made, Porsche changed the engine capacity into what would be known as….

The Porsche 911 2.4

  • The 911 2.4

The 2.4 model gained an advantage from the improvements that could be made from its two predecessors, cementing its status as one of the best classic Porsches of this time. An enlarged engine capacity also meant that the 2.4 was a very fast, despite weighing nearly 2,314 lbs.

One distinct feature of the 2.4 was the under-bumper chin spoiler. Not only was it pleasing to the eye, but it also functional. It boosted the aerodynamic capability of the 2.4 by 40%. Future Porsche models included this spoiler in their design.

The Porsche 911 2.7

  • The 911 2.7

The release of the 2.7 introduced the world to Porsche innovations that would become staples today: shock-absorbing bumpers, ducktail and whaletail spoilers, and a zinc-coated body.

The Porsche 911 SC

  • The 911 SC

The SC was introduced as a Porsche whose performance could be further customized by the user. This was made possible by the use of a 3.0 engine.

The Porsche 911 3.2

  • The 911 3.2

Aside from an even larger engine capacity, the 3.2 was an overall improvement of its predecessor, the SC, with more engine power, a better braking system, and even more luxury.

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 & 2

  • The 911 Carrera 4 & 2

Named after its wheel drive capability (4 for 4WD and 2 for 2WD), these models were designed to revive interest in Porsche, as it had dwindled during the 80s. At first glance, the Carrera 4&2 look much smaller in size when compared to previous Porsche designs.

A new feature of this 911 was the Tiptronic system. It was automated to a point where it could decide on its own when to shift from automatic to manual transmission or have the driver choose.

The Porsche 993

  • The 993

The 993 was the internal name of the new Porsche. It still retained its identity as a Porsche even with the front lights were now slanted for improved aerodynamics. The new body also boasted 20% more space for luggage.

The Porsche 911 Turbo

  • The 911 Turbo

The 911 Turbo was the pinnacle of Porsche’s automobile manufacturing success. It boasted a very powerful 3.0 engine, larger yet more aerodynamic body, vast improvements in braking that made the Turbo a joy to drive.

In reviewing its history, one thing can be noticed from the Porsche 911: it is an automotive masterpiece. Porsche has proven time and again you can mix both form and function, creating a car that is looks good, drives good, and at the end of the day, timeless.

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