A guide to buying your first Porsche 911 (992)

The Porsche 911 is without a doubt one of the most iconic high-performance rear-engined sports cars. Introduced in September 1964 by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, the 911 has grown to win the hearts of many sports car enthusiasts all over the globe.

The 911 is currently in its eighth generation, called the 992, which replaces the 991 generation. Some individuals find it very difficult to differentiate between the various 911 models.

A very close friend of mine says he can only differentiate the 911 Targa from the rest of the Porsche 911 range. If you are like him, this guide will definitely help.

Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera

Kicking off the 911 range is the Carrera. The Carrera name — taken from the famous Carrera Panamericana road race — has been used throughout the 911’s history, but more recently it’s come to refer to the ‘standard’ 911s. The current 911 Carrera is the base model 911 and it’s powered by a 385bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six.

Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 4.2 seconds (SC: 4.0 seconds)
Top speed: 293 km/h (182 mph)
Weight: 1,505 kg (3,318 lb)
Emissions CO2: 215 g/km

Carrera Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The cabriolet has the same engine and although the performance is slightly slower with a 4.2-second estimated sprint from zero to 100 km/h as well 289 km/h top speed is slightly slower than the coupes.

Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 4.4 seconds (SC: 4.2 seconds)
Top speed: 291 km/h (181 mph)
Weight: 1,575 kg (3,472 lb)
Emissions CO2: 218 g/km

Carrera 4

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The number “4” on the Carrera 4 refers to four-wheel drive. All Carrera 4s come equipped with four-wheel drive but the engine remains unchanged. Performance is slightly compromised because of the additional weight required to drive all four wheels. All-wheel drive Carrera models used to be wider than their rear-driven siblings, but since the arrival of the 992, all models share the same shell.

Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 4.2 seconds (SC: 4.0 seconds)
Top speed: 291 km/h (181 mph)
Weight: 1,555 kg (3,428 lb)
Emissions CO2: 218 g/km

Carrera 4 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

The Carrera 4 cabriolet is a soft-top convertible version of the Carrera 4. Technically, the two models are similar, however, this version adds additional weight for the rooftop mechanism.

Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 4.4 seconds (SC: 4.2 seconds)
Top speed: 289 km/h (180 mph)
Weight: 1,625 kg (3,583 lb)
Emissions CO2: 221 g/km

Carrera S

Porsche 911 Carrera S

As with other cars from Porsche (like the Boxster and Cayman), strapping an ‘S’ to the name denotes a more powerful version. The Carrera S is available in a manual transmission.

Transmission: 7-speed manual / 8-speed PDK
Manual Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.7 sec (SC: 3.5 sec)
PDK Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.7 sec (SC: 3.5 sec)
Top speed: 308 km/h (191 mph)
Manual Weight: 1,480 kg (3,263 lb)
PDK Weight: 1,515 kg (3,340 lb)
Emissions CO2: 227 g/km (Manual) / 220 g/km (PDK)

Carrera S Cabriolet

The Carrera S Cabriolet is the convertible version of the Carrera S. It is literally the same vehicle, except for the additional weight required to operate the soft top. It is also available in PDK and manual.

Transmission: 7-speed manual / 8-speed PDK
Manual Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): SC: 4.4 sec
PDK Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.9 sec (SC: 3.7 sec)
Top speed: 306 km/h (190 mph)
Manual Weight: 1,550 kg (3,417 lb)
PDK Weight: 1,585 kg (3,494 lb)
Emissions CO2: 230 g/km (Manual) / 223 g/km (PDK)

Carrera 4S

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The Carrera 4S is an AWD (all-wheel-drive) version of the Carrera S. It adds a bit of weight because of the additional hardware required to drive all wheels.

Transmission: 7-speed manual / 8-speed PDK
Manual Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): SC: 4.4 sec
PDK Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.9 sec (SC: 3.7 sec)
Top speed: 306 km/h (190 mph)
Manual Weight: 1,550 kg (3,417 lb)
PDK Weight: 1,585 kg (3,494 lb)
Emissions CO2: 230 g/km (Manual) / 223 g/km (PDK)

Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

The Carrera 4S Cabriolet is the convertible version of the Carrera 4S. It is literally the same vehicle, except for the additional weight required to operate the soft top. It is also available in PDK and manual.

Transmission: 7-speed manual / 8-speed PDK
Manual Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): SC: 4.4 sec
PDK Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.9 sec (SC: 3.7 sec)
Top speed: 306 km/h (190 mph)
Manual Weight: 1,550 kg (3,417 lb)
PDK Weight: 1,585 kg (3,494 lb)
Emissions CO2: 230 g/km (Manual) / 223 g/km (PDK)

Targa 4

Porsche 911 Targa

For those who like alfresco motoring but don’t want a full-on convertible, there’s the Targa. Historically available with a removable roof panel, modern versions have a clever folding mechanism.

Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 4.4 seconds (SC: 4.2 seconds)
Top speed: 289 km/h (180 mph)
Weight: 1,665 kg (3,671 lb)
Emissions CO2: 223 g/km

Targa 4S

Porsche 911 Targa 4S

The Targa is also available in a sporty model with all-wheel-drive (AWD). It is available in manual and PDK.

Transmission: 7-speed manual / 8-speed PDK
Manual Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): SC: 4.4 sec
PDK Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.8 seconds (SC: 3.6 seconds)
Top speed: 304 km/h (189 mph)
Manual Weight: 1,640 kg (3,616 lb)
PDK Weight: 1,675 kg (3,693 lb)
Emissions CO2: 235 g/km (Manual) / 227 g/km (PDK)

Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition

Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition

The Porsche 911 Targa Heritage Design Edition. This car features design elements from the 1950s and early 60s and forms part of a four-series collector’s series in, what Porsche calls, the Heritage Design strategy.

The Targa Heritage Design Edition is a collector’s item. Only 992 units will be offered globally, so owning this is guaranteed to set you apart from the rest of the 992 owners. The interior features bits and pieces that make use of corduroy which harks back to the Porsche 356 and the 1950s fashion style.

Five exterior colours, including the pictured Cherry Metallic, are on offer and are combined with gold logos that further accentuates the 1950s theme and style. A white livery has been brought onto the front wings, and the 1963 Porsche Crest takes centre stage on the car’s bonnet.

Transmission: 8-speed PDK / 7-speed manual
Manual Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 4.4 sec
PDK Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 3.8 sec (SC: 3.6 seconds)
Top speed: 304 km/h (189 mph)
Manual Weight: 1,640 kg (3,616 lb)
PDK Weight: 1,675 kg (3,693 lb)
Emissions CO2: 235–227 g/km

Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo

Although the Turbo is a baby brother to the Turbo S and everything has been turned down, this is by no means a bad thing. The Turbo models are still very fast performance vehicles and they are capable of reaching 100km/h or 62 mph at only 2.8 seconds. The difference is in performance and also in lack of sport-focused equipment such as carbon-ceramic brakes, lowered suspension and a few other options.

Power: 427 kW / 580 PS
Transmission:
8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 2.8 seconds
Top speed: 320 km/h (199 mph)
Weight: 1,630 kg (3,594 lb)
Emissions CO2: 254 g/km

Turbo Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Mechanically, the Turbo Cabriolet is similar to the Turbo, except for the hard roof and body stiffening to make up for the soft top which adds a bit of weight to the car.

Power: 427 kW / 580 PS
Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 2.9 seconds
Top speed: 320 km/h (199 mph)
Weight: 1,700 kg (3,748 lb)
Emissions CO2: 257 g/km

Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Turbo S is a performance vehicle and now has staggered wheel sizes now (20-inch front; 21-inch rear), and they’re the racy centre-lockers like the GT cars have. Standard tires have grown from 245/35ZR20 91Y and 305/30ZR20 103Y (Pirelli P Zero N1) to 255/35R20 93Y and 315/30R21 105Y (Pirelli P Zero NA1). Since it’s performance-focused, the Turbo S can for the first time be optioned with PASM (active) Sport Suspension with 10mm-lower ride height.

The Turbo S is a weapon, carbon-ceramic disc brakes remain standard on the Turbo S, but the front rotors’ size has grown from 16.1 inches to 16.6 inches. Also, the front callipers now have 10 pistons instead of 6 as found on the Turbo.

The Turbo S was originally designed as a racing version of the Turbo, which meant it usually offered greater horsepower than the Turbo or had a more sophisticated version of the same engine when horsepower was equal. The 1992 Porsche Turbo and Turbo S both included a 6-cylinder 3229cc/320hp FI engine.

Both the Turbo and the Turbo S are all-wheel drive and both models retain their values and are cars you can collect without any hesitation.

Power: 478 kW / 650 PS
Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 2.8 seconds
Top speed: 330 km/h (205 mph)
Weight: 1,640 kg (3,616 lb)
Emissions CO2: 254 g/km

Turbo S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Mechanically, the Turbo S Cabriolet is similar to the Turbo S, except for the hard roof and body stiffening to make up for the soft top which adds a bit of weight to the car.

Power: 478 kW / 650 PS
Transmission: 8-speed PDK
Acceleration (0–100 km/h (62 mph)): 2.8 seconds
Top speed: 330 km/h (205 mph)
Weight: 1,710 kg (3,770 lb)
Emissions CO2: 257 g/km

Carrera GTS (TBA)

The 911 GTS was first introduced in 2011. It’s developed as a drivers car (more street-focused that the GT range) and delivers a more powerful performance that slots right above the Carrera S. It comes with a lowered suspensions and a dramatic sports exhaust system that’s optional on other 911s.

The current generation 911 GTS is currently under works and we do not have any information on performance and/or launch date.

GT2 RS, GT3 and GT3 RS (TBA)

The GT Range is usually announced after the 911 the above models are released. Although they can be used as daily drivers, they are high-performance and track-based versions of the 911. Current models are still under works. Updates will be made as and when information becomes available.

Last updated: 29 September 2020

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