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Porsche 991: Buying guide and review (2011-present)

Porsche 991: Buying guide and review (2011-present) Classic and Performance Car
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The life of a Porsche engineer must be quite challenging at times. Whenever a new generation of 911 is introduced, a howl of protests emanate from purists bemoaning the demise of ‘a core aspect’ of the iconic sports car’s driving appeal. 

When the 991-generation Porsche 911 arrived in 2011, it was not too surprising to see much consternation taking place over the adoption of an electrically-assisted steering rack. The more planted front end also received criticism, why was it not light and bouncy like the original car from 1963 they cried? 

Once the initial excitement had died down sanity prevailed once again, and the general consensus was that the new car was better looking, faster and better in just about every way compared to its predecessor, even if it did feel bigger and more grown up.

Although still in production, some big changes have taken place over the last six years. We’re not focusing on any particular variants here, but a general overview of the 991 range, and how it has evolved. 

Which Porsche 991 to buy?

As with previous 911 launches, the variety of body styles and drivetrain options were introduced in a drip-fed fashion. Initially a 345bhp 3.4-litre and 395bhp 3.8-litre were offered in coupe form, with a convertible arriving at the end of 2011, four-wheel drive variants arrived the following year. A quick-shifting PDK gearbox was optional on all versions and gave better acceleration figures and improved economy over the new seven-speed manual gearbox.

The interesting Targa variant arrived in 2014, which visually returned to the silver hoop B-pillar of the ‘60s original. This new version however had a fully electrically retractable centre section which looked great but added a not insubstantial 200kg to the weight.

The 424bhp GTS arrived in 2014, with flared arches, standard powerkit and unique alloys. Notable standard equipment included a sports exhaust, Porsche torque vectoring and a 10mm lower ride height. This model is arguably the best of the mainstream cars and manual derivatives are sure to become sought after in the years to come. 

The track-ready GT3 model arrived in 2013, which caused a stir with the purists, thanks to its PDK-only specification. An unfortunate propensity to catch fire meant that all of the early cars were recalled for remedial work. Aside from these teething issues, the GT3 was soon recognised as a seriously impressive machine, capable of matching and beating cars well above its price point. The GT3 RS arrived in 2015 and further refined the GT3 recipe with a new 500bhp 4.0-litre engine and detail improvements to the chassis and handling.

513bhp Turbo and 553bhp Turbo S variants were offered from 2013-on, in four-wheel drive and PDK form only. Convertible body styles could also be specified. 

The big news for 991 range was the introduction of the very limited (991 units) 911 R. It used the GT3 RS engine, but matched to a six-speed manual transmission. Built for the purist, it was built for driving joy rather than outright speed. These models are already highly sought after and are trading for well above their original values.

The second generation 991 models arrived at the end of 2015 and ushered in a new age of turbocharging across the range. Both 991.2 Carrera and Carrera S models now have a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine producing marginally more power at 375bhp and 414bhp respectively. Torque however is much improved on both models and acceleration is stronger across the mid-range. The muted engine note and less explosive top-end have come in for some criticism though. 2015 also saw the introduction of updated Turbo and GTS models.

When assessing the standard Carrera offerings, the choice really comes down to the pre and post turbo variants. An early manual 3.8-litre Carrera S coupe is our choice for its power delivery and soundtrack although a late model turbocharged S is very capable too and has a better resolved electrical steering rack. The choice is yours.

Performance and specs

Porsche 991.1 Carrera S Coupe
Engine  3800cc 24 valve flat-six
Power 395bhp @ 7400rpm
Torque 325lb ft @ 5600rpm
Transmission Seven-speed manual/Seven-speed PDK
0-60mph 4.5secs
Top speed 189mph 
Insurance group   48
Fuel consumption  29.7mpg
Price when new  £77,891

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase              2450mm
Length 4491mm
Width 1808mm
Height 1295mm
Weight 1470kg

Common problems

• Thankfully the IMS and RMS issues that plagued the two previous generations of 911s is absent in the 991. The build quality and mechanical integrity of the new models definitely seems a step up from before as well.

• Not a lot of data is available on the new turbocharged Carrera engines, however Porsche is no newcomer to forced induction and their earlier turbo offerings have proven to be as tough as old boots. Only time will tell.

• A number of recalls have been issued and it is important to check that your potential purchase has had the required work carried out.

Porsche 991 recalls

• Fuel pipe connector issues could lead to a fire on Gen 1 cars

• Silencer on 991.1 Carrera and Carrera 4 models could crack prematurely

• Vacuum supply line on 2016 model year 991.2 cars could malfunction leading to reduced braking assistance

• Incorrect airbag detonators, fuel-injection and leakage issues as well as windscreen bonding problems affected some 991.2 models

Model history

2011: Carrera and Carrera S introduced with 345bhp 3.4-litre and 395bhp 3.8-litre Flat-six engines respectively. Initially only available as a Coupe, Convertible models were introduced at the end of the year.
2012: Four-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S models introduced
2013: 3.8-litre GT3 model introduced. PDK only. 513bhp Turbo and 552bhp Turbo S models arrive. 4-wheel drive and PDK only
2014: Carrera GTS with 424bhp Powerkit upgrade as standard introduced. Upgrades over standard Carrera S include Sports, Exhaust, unique alloys and dynamic engine mounts. Targa 4 and RS models introduced. Fully retracting Targa section a first for the 911.
2015: 500bhp 4.0-litre GT3 RS introduced. 500bhp 911 R built in a limited run of 991 units. Combines 6-speed manual and GT3 RS running gear. Revised 991.2 Carrera range now features 3.0-litre twin-turbo engines. Updated Turbo and Turbo S launched
2017: Carrera GTS launched, now with 444bhp from its 3.0-litre twin turbo flat-6. It is available in all body styles. Updated GT3 with manual gearbox option re-introduced

Owners clubs, forums and websites

• www.porscheownersclub.org.uk – Porsche owners club
• www.porscheclubgb.com – Enthusiast site
• www.revolution-porsche.co.uk – Porsche servicing specialists

Summary and prices

The 991 range arrived in November 2011 so the majority of cars would have been registered as 2012 models and the very first 3.4-litre Carreras can be found from a depreciation defying £50,000. This stretches all the way to £120,000 for a highly specced demo-mileage 2017 991.2 Carrera 4S convertible. 

The split with regards to the Carrera range is pretty even across S and base models as well as two and four-wheel drive variants. What you will struggle to find are manual transmission cars and Targa and GTS models. Coupes are by far the most common body style on the used car market, although you can always spec your ideal car if you opt for a new model. A new turbo Carrera is listed at £77,891 but it’s rare that a customer actually leaves the dealership without spending at least another £10,000 on options.

The 991 range continues to dominate its segment as it has done for generations, despite some big changes over the years. Long live the 911. 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 20th Jul 2017
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  • 2015 Porsche 991 Carrera 2 PDK Coupe


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