Porsche 911 997 US Brochure 2007
The true genius of an idea can be judged by how well it stands the test of time. For well over four decades, the Porsche 911 has literally defined what a sports car should be.
There have been continual changes, enhancements and upgrades to be sure, but the original formula, the basic design, remains surprisingly and thankfully intact.
The Porsche 911 was, is and will always be a precisely engineered, technologically innovative, race-proven automobile, focused exclusively on performance and driving enjoyment.
Prepare to be seduced.
While the 911 is the definitive sports car, there has never been a definitive 911. How can that be? Simply because once a new goal has been met, a newer, tougher goal is set by our engineers. The new 911 is remarkably quick, yet they ask, “How can we make it quicker?” It is incredibly agile, so the next question becomes, “How can we make it even more agile?” And so on.
Each new 911 is, when all is said and done, the benchmark for the next 911 to follow. And the current-generation 911 is no exception. While others compete with Porsche, Porsche competes with itself. The result is an uninterrupted series of remarkable 911 automobiles— high-performance sports cars that have continually broken new ground, introduced new innovations and successfully transferred more technology from the racetrack to the road than any other automobile.
This last point is especially telling. With over 14,000 racing victories and counting, the 911’s performance credentials are overwhelming and indisputable. And Porsche engineers have done a remarkable job of transferring the racing 911’s robust power, effortless speed and athletic agility into a comfortable, reliable, yet always exhilarating automobile you eagerly anticipate driving. Slip behind the wheel and you’ll quickly discover that a 911 Carrera offers raw performance and surprising civility in equal measure.
So while a Porsche 911 Carrera is clearly the only choice for the serious enthusiast, deciding which 911 to choose can be problematic. Coupe, Cabriolet or Targa? You’ll have to admit, it’s a wonderful problem to have. Read on; the answer can certainly be found within these pages.
A cutting-edge interpretation of a timeless classic. The 911 Carrera
When Butzi Porsche’s avant-garde automotive design made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the press heralded it as “the most interesting sports car in the world.”
Its name is a tribute to the tortuous 2,000-mile Carrera Panamericana endurance race in Mexico—one of many such proving grounds in the annals of Porsche engineering. Its unmatched driving dynamics flow from an engine positioned low and toward the rear of the vehicle for optimum traction and balance. It is the Porsche 911 Carrera.
After over 40 years of refinement, the latest 911 Carrera is still an icon for the ages: unmistakable in its appearance. Uncompromising in its performance. All the hallmarks of its intriguing ancestry remain intact: the rear-mounted, flat-six “boxer” engine and left-handed ignition. The huge brakes lurking behind striking aluminum-alloy wheels. And the uncanny coupling of comfort with breathtaking performance.
Over the years, an ongoing litany of technical leaps has taken the always-potent 911 Carrera’s power plant on an incessant journey upward, culminating in a 3.6-liter, 4-valves-per-cylinder engine whose virtues are as renowned as the familiar growl of its exhaust note.
The 325-hp output is abundant— and the response instantaneous— from idle throughout the entire rev range. With a maximum 273 lb.-ft. of torque on tap at 4250 rpm, the 911 sprints from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds and has a top track speed of 177 mph.
A six-speed manual gearbox transfers the engine’s power with precise, silk-smooth shifting. The optional Short Shifter reduces shift travel by another 20 percent. An optional five-speed Tiptronic S transmission offers the best of both worlds: the full benefits of an automatic transmission with rocker switches on the steering wheel that let your thumbs choose the shift points.
The 911 Carrera’s variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering offers unfettered feedback from the road, ease of maneuverability in tight parking spaces and exacting control in tight corners. Ergonomic seats clad in hand-stitched leather offer exceptional lateral support, enabling even better and more precise car control. On a 911, such precision translates into uncompromising performance, unwavering control and a unique bond between car and driver.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Same soul. Even more heart. The 911 Carrera S
The Carrera S is more of everything you expect from a 911: It’s more powerful. More responsive. More agile. In short, more Porsche.
Instantly recognizable by its twin, dual-tube exhausts, the 911 Carrera S has a 3.8-liter flat six engine with 355 horsepower on tap at 6600 rpm and a maximum torque rating of 295 lb.-ft. at 4600 rpm. Sprinting from 0 to 60 requires just 4.6 seconds, while the top track speed is 182 mph (manual transmission model).
The chassis on the Carrera S comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and rides 0.39 inches (10 mm) lower than that on the standard 911 Carrera. PASM is an active damping system which automatically adapts to changing road conditions and individual driving styles. With a choice of two damper modes— “Normal” and “Sport”—PASM offers added agility without compromising on safety and comfort.
Power is transmitted to the road through a set of 19-inch wheels and tires. The added speed generated by the larger engine is harnessed by a powerful braking system developed for the 911 Turbo. The four-piston calipers have a distinctive red paint finish and come with larger cross-drilled and vented discs.
Bi-Xenon headlights are standard, ensuring excellent nighttime visibility at most speeds and in most conditions.
Like its 911 Carrera stablemate, the 911 Carrera S has an interior replete with driver-oriented styling cues. Features unique to the 911 Carrera S include a three spoke sports steering wheel, aluminum-colored instrument dials and Aluminum-Look dashboard trim.
The letter “S” on the engine cover may be subtle, but the performance of this remarkable sports car is readily apparent from the moment you fire up the ignition with your left hand. The added capabilities offered by the 911 Carrera S enhance the athleticism and driving enjoyment without detracting from the race-bred essence that every Porsche has possessed since the very first Gmünd Coupe rolled out of an Austrian sawmill more than five decades ago.