Porsche 911 Buyer's Guide

Porsche 911 Buyer's Guide

2nd Edition

Updated for 2017 with complete specs, insider knowledge and what to look for when buying your next Porsche 911, from coveted classics right up to today's modern supercars. With expert analysis and stunning pictures, this is your bible of information when entering the Porsche 911 market at any price point. Featuring: Everything you need to know about: - Early, SWB 911s - 2.2S - 2.7RS - G-series cars - 3.2 Carrera - SC - 964 - 993 - 996 - 997 - 991 - 930 - Carrera RS - Turbo - GT3 - GT2 - GT3 RS - Carrera

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11 min
964 carrera 2

964 CARRERA 4 Somewhat unusually, for the 964 it was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 that arrived on the market first. Launched for the 1989 model year, it featured ‘Porsche Dynamische Allrad Steuerung’ (Porsche Dynamic All-Wheel-Drive Control, or PDAS for short) with a torque split a nominal 31 per cent/69 per cent front-to-rear via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. It apportioned drive to whichever axle had the most grip depending on information received from a variety of sensors. Meanwhile, a knob on the centre console could be used to lock the centre and rear differentials for maximum grip, with the system defaulting to automatic operation above 25mph. Unlike the C2, which retained a vacuum servo, the brakes utilised a high-pressure hydraulic booster operating at 2,600psi. If you prefer the added security…

10 min
993 gt2

WATER-COOLING AND THE GT2 With such a rapturous reception for the 993 variant, it was hardly a surprise that Porsche would look to repeat the success with the water-cooled 996. The GT2 model duly arrived in 2001, once again, based on the Turbo model and boasting a hefty six-figure price tag. The wider body shell was to receive the attention of the aerodynamicists, gaining a composite front splitter and adjustable rear wing as part of a package of measures aimed at keeping the car in proper contact with the ground. It was for the best, as the top speed was now just a whisker short of the magic double-ton, propelled there by a further development of the 996 Turbo engine. Larger KKK24 blowers and 13.5psi of boost helped stretch the power…

11 min
997.1 gt3 rs

THE SECOND-GEN 997 RENNSPORT Given the desirability of the car you see here, it’s no real surprise that the second-generation 997 range would include a GT3 RS. It was no mild refresh though, as the new model would receive some substantial changes, not least of which was a 3.8-litre motor that sat on active engine mounts. With power and torque both increased – to 450hp and 430Nm respectively – the 0-62mph time was cut by 0.2 seconds to 4.0 seconds dead, and both response and mid-range shove were boosted. VarioCam Plus and a higher 8,500rpm redline also featured. Further revisions included gorgeous new centre-lock wheels and suspension that featured stiffer spring rates and tweaks to the anti-roll bars. Externally, the new model boasted various subtle changes, including redesigned air intakes, and…

11 min
911 sc

THE SC LINE-UP Back when the SC was new, the 911 range was nowhere near as expansive as it is today, but there were some interesting variants available all the same. For example, UK buyers could choose the Sport package, which was fitted with a front chin spoiler and whaletail as standard. The interior got sports seats and the running gear was upgraded with Bilstein gas dampers and 16-inch wheels wearing the latest Pirelli P7 tyres. More exciting though was the SC RS (right), a road-going Touring version of the car developed for Group B rallying. Just 20 were made with the road car gaining a 250-horsepower version of the 3.0-litre unit, courtesy of forged pistons, a 10.3:1 compression ratio and mechanical fuel injection. But if you wanted luxury, the SC…

11 min
993 rs

STORY OF THE 993 RSR We already know the Clubsport version of the 993 RS was more hardcore, but for those buyers that ticked the option box marked M003, this was the ultimate incarnation of this special 993. Representing around 20 per cent of total production, the variant, also referred to as the RSR in some markets, wasn’t really intended for road driving, although some of the more committed owners did indeed use them that way. Instead, it was aimed at those that intended to wring the maximum enjoyment out of the RS on the race circuit, and here it excelled. Costing in excess of £70,000 when new, just about all unnecessary kit was cut to maximise the weight saving, so you’d struggle in vain to find the likes of air-conditioning,…

11 min
2.7 rs

CARRERA RS 3.0 1974 would see a further development of the RS genre when Porsche introduced an even rarer model, so rare in fact that the right-hand-drive cars are identified by their colour alone. Just 109 3.0-litre RSs were made in total, and only six of those came with the steering wheel on the right – five came to the UK and one went to Australia. Externally, they were identified by their flared wheelarches, gaping air intake in the front air dam (with room for an oil cooler) and a Turbo-style rear spoiler. Lightweight construction featured once again, with thinner steel panels and a luggage cover, engine cover, and bumpers fashioned from fibreglass, the end result a 911 that weighed just 900kg. A bore increase to 95mm resulted in a 2,994cc…