Porsche 911 range is one of the greatest mysteries not only in the motoring world but the whole world! The iconic sportscar has been around for five decades and it has a very strange combination of consistency and variety!
When you’re not very familiar with the 911 range and you’re standing around listening to Porsche enthusiasts discussing all the different variants, you usually end up thinking, “they’re all the same car!” Which is why this guide exists so you can see the slight differences across the range.
Just for the sake of keeping this relevant to the existing range, I’m not going to go into details about models that Porsche isn’t currently offering for example 911 GT3 etc. When they become available we shall do a part 2.
Named after the legendary Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico, the 911 Carrera is the base model of the 911 family. The current 911 Carrera is rear wheel drive and is powered by a 3.0 litre twinturbo flat six engine that makes 283kW (385 PS).
911 Carrera is also offered as a cabriolet. The cabriolet has a folding fabric roof and is slight slower than the coupe version. (Top speed of 291 km/h as opposed to 293 km/h)
If there’s a ‘4’ it means the car is four wheel drive. It has the same engine, same output and same 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds.
Same as Carrera Cabriolet, this one has a folding fabric roof. It does the 0-100 km/h run in 4.4 seconds, so it’s slower than the Carrera 4.
Carrera S is a lot more athletic compared to the other two. It has a more powerful engine from cranking up turbocharger boost pressure, so it makes 331kW (450 PS) and does the 0-100 km/h run in 3.7 seconds.
Again, comes with a folding fabric roof and slightly slower than its Coupe sibling.
Yup, you guessed it. It’s four wheel drive. And it’s 0.1 seconds quicker than the Carrera S in the 0-100 km/h sprint.
Yup, same thing. Folding fabric roof and slightly slower.
For motorists who don’t want a full on convertible or are not a huge fan of fabric roofs, there’s the Targa. Unlike earlier models, the modern versions have a clever folding mechanism and is only offered in four wheel drive.
The Targa 4S is just the more powerful version of the Targa 4.
Ok, you gotta pay attention here because this is where it gets trippy. In the olden days the 911 had a naturally aspirated engine and so Porsche used the Turbo badge for a specific variant that had turbos. Now, the whole Carrera range is turbocharged.
To make up for the confusion, Porsche has made the Turbo S look more aggressive and faster than the rest of the range. It does the 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h. 911 Turbo S also comes as a cabriolet.