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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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  • Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet |

    £124,850 £124,850

    Specification MAKE Porsche MODEL 991 Turbo S Cabriolet COLOUR GT Silver Metallic YEAR 2015/65 MILEAGE 12500 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Porsche Turbo S Cabriolet. Finished in GT Silver Metallic with Black Leather Interior. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, PDK Transmission, Rain Sensor, Automatic Anti-Dazzle Interior Mirror, Headlight Washer System, 18 Way Electric Sports Seats Plus, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Ceramic Brakes, Cruise Control, Rear-Axle Steering, Tilt Sensor, Electric Wind Deflector, LED Daytime Running Lights, ParkAssist Front and Rear Camera, Start/Stop Function, Rear Seat System, MirrorLink, Sport Chrono Package Plus. OPTIONAL EXTRAS 20" Turbo S Centre Lock Alloys Painted Black, Heated Seats, Light Design Package, LED Headlights in Black with Porsche Dynamic Light System, Light Design Package, Porsche Crest Embossed on Head Rest, Power Steering Plus, Taillights with Clear Glass Look. TRANSMISSION PDK - 7 Speed Gearbox ENGINE CAPACITY 3800 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 520 PRICE £124,850 Share this car Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN

    • Mileage: 124850 mi
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  • 2015 Porsche 991 Carrera 2 PDK Coupe


    This beautiful one owner, best colour way Basalt black with extended black hide and sports seats, low mileage, Carrera 2 PDK is presented in unmarked condition and not yet due its first service. The high specification details as follows:- Electric Heated Sports Seats with 4 Way Adjustment Sport designed Steering Wheel Electric glass, slide, tilt sunroof DAB Radio CD BOSE surround sound PDK gearbox Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) Sports Tailpipes Cruise control Light design package Rear footwell lighting Electric folding mirrors Phone prep Front and rear park assist Roof transport system Porsche VTS Rear wiper 20″ Carrera S polished alloys

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 9000 mi
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    Information PORSCHE 911 (991) TURBO COUPE PDK (CARRERA WHITE METALLIC) 2016 ONE OWNER ONLY 5,000 Miles Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Gearbox Carrera White Metallic with Black Leather Interior Porsche Active Suspension Module Porsche Communication Module-PCM 3 Front axle Lifting System Touch Screen Satellite Navigation Telephone Module/ BOSE surround sound system & CD Changer USB/IPOD Connections Sports Chrono Pack & Adjustable Sports Seats White Dials Adaptive Cruise Control including Porsche Active Safe (PAS) Multifunction Steering wheel LED main Headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light Porsche Crest embossed on headrests Memory Seats Fully Electric Seats Red Seat Belts Alcantara Headlining Climate Control Xenons (LED lights) Front & Rear Park Assist 20" Turbo S Alloy wheels Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
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    Information 2016 PORSCHE 991 GT3 RS 4.0 RHD BIRCH GREEN Delivery Miles 120 Miles 4.0 Ltr Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Gearbox Black leather Sports Bucket seats with GT Porsche Stability Management System Porsche Active Suspension Module Porsche Communication Management-PCM 3 Touch screen Satellite Navigation and preparation for mobile Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) Digital Radio Telephone Sound Package Plus Chrono Package Plus Cruise Control Lifting Sytem Front Axle Floor mats Sports Exhausts Climate Control 21" 991 GT3 Alloy wheels Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 120 mi
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    £139,995 £139,995

    DESCRIPTION AMARI is delighted to offer you this stunning example 2016 / 66 Registered Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet (Generation 2) in Carrera White Metallic, with Red Leather Interior, having covered only 13,124 Miles by 2 Owners from New. EXTERIOR This car is presented to you in the gleaming Porsche Carrera White Metallic, with the contrasting Red Convertible Soft Top, which truly is a stunning, yet very original colour combination for a Porsche. All around is in an unblemished, near new condition, as you would expect for any car of this very low mileage. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in contrasting Two-Tone Leather combination of Black and Bordeaux Red, perfectly complimenting the exterior. Also in an immaculate near new condition. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the 911 Turbo S is enhanced by the following options: Adjustable Front Seat Heating Automatic Distance Control Lane Change Assist MF Voice Control + Heated Steering Wheel No Logos for CT Preparation Floor Mats Two-Colour Interior 'PORSCHE' and '911' Logo Painted LED Headlights, Darkened + Dynamic Cornering Light Rear Apron Painted in Exterior Colour Door Entry Guard in Carbon Illuminated HISTORY The first service is due in October 2018. The car sits on Pirelli P-Zero Tyres all around: Front: 245 x 35 x ZR20 (91Y) Rear: 305 x 30 x ZR20 (103Y) Tyre tread depths are: Front Right: 5mm Front Left: 5mm Rear Right: 7mm Rear Left: 7mm We have the original Owners Pack containing the Owners Manual, and Other Reference Material, as well as 2 Keys and 2 Fobs. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 13124 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    £139,995 £139,995


    Information PORSCHE 911 (991) TURBO S COUPE PDK GEN II (CARRERA WHITE METALLIC) - 2017 ONE OWNER ONLY 1,000 Miles Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Gearbox Carrera White Metallic Black Leather Interior Porsche Active Suspension Module Porsche Communication Module-PCM 3 Touch Screen Satellite Navigation Telephone Module BOSE surround system CD Changer USB/IPOD Connections Sports Chrono Pack Adjustable Sports Seats Yellow Dials Alcantara Headlining Adaptive Cruise Control including Porsche Active Safe (PAS) Door sill guards in Carbon, illuminated Floor mats Heated Multifunction Steering wheel Home link (Programmable garage door opener) LED main Headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+) Lid of storage bin with logo Power steering plus Privacy Glass (rear side windows and rear window) Sport design exterior mirror lower trims painted in black (high gloss) Heated Seats Porsche Crest embossed on headrests Memory Seats Fully Electric Seats Climate Control Xenons (LED lights) Front & Rear Park Assist 20" Turbo S Alloy wheels Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 1000 mi
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    Information PORSCHE 911 (991) TURBO S CABRIOLET PDK (AGATE GREY METALLIC) - 2014 TWO FORMER KEEPER ONLY 18,000 Miles Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Gearbox Agate Grey (Meteor Grey) Metallic Coachwork Crayon Leather Interior Porsche Active Suspension Module Porsche Communication Module-PCM 3 Touch Screen Satellite Navigation Telephone Module BOSE surround system CD Changer Sports Exhaust USB/IPOD Connections Sports Plus Chrono Pack Adjustable Sports Seats Heated Seats Memory Seats Fully Electric Seats Climate Control Xenons (LED lights) Front & Rear Park Assist 20" Turbo Alloy wheels Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
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  • Porsche 991

    £97,990 £97,990

    Bose, Bluetooth, LED Lights, Electric Sunroof, Sports Exhaust, Satellite Navigation, Park Assist +++FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++PART EXCHANGE WELCOME+FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - SUBJECT TO STATUS+COMPANY DIRECTORS PACKAGES AVAILABLE+ALL VEHICLES PROFESSIONALLY VALETED AND READY- Porsche 911 991 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition 7 Speed Manual registered October 2016 (66 reg) finished in White with Full Black Leather interior, BOSE Surround Sound System, Sport Chrono Package including Mode Switch, Sports Exhaust, GT Sport Steering Wheel, Interior Carbon Package including Door Trim Strips, Rear Axle Steering, ParkAssist in Front and Rear, 20 Inch Carrera S Wheels, LED Main Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, Semi-Electric Seats, Porsche Crest Embossed on Headrests, Illuminated Outer Door Sill Guards, Electric Slide and Tilt Sunroof, Suedecloth Headlining, Rev Counter Dial Face in Black, Sport Design Exterior Mirrors, Steering Code Model Designation Rear Painted, Wheel Centre with Full Colour Porsche Crest, Wheels Painted in High-Gloss Black, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control including PASM Sports Suspension (20mm lower, Guards Red Seat Belts, Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Not Yet Due a Service. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 900 mi
    • Engine size: 2981
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    £97,990 £97,990
  • Porsche 991 Turbo S PDK Coupe

    £124,995 £124,995

    New Price Reduction Full Black Hide Carbon Fibre Trim Electric Memory Heated Seats with Adjustable Lumbar Support & Side Bolsters Porsche Crest Embossed On Head Rests Electric Glass Slide/Tilt Sunroof DAB Radio CD with USB & Aux In Media Juke Box BOSE Sound Navigation Bluetooth Telephone LED Main Headlights in Black Power Steering Plus Porsche Entry & Drive (KESSY) Sport Chrono Plus Launch Control Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Reversing Camera Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) Carbon Ceramic Brakes with Yellow Calipers Clear Glass Tail Lights Rear Wiper Dash Camera 20″ Centre Locking Alloy Wheels

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 7763 mi
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    £124,995 £124,995