Ever since the induction of the 1965 911 to Porsche’s line of automobiles, consumers have become die-hard loyal 911 fanatics. The first model available to the public was the ’65 Porsche 911, although it was available in 1964. It was intended to succeed the Porsche 356; and succeed it the 911 did. Still in production today, the 911 has built a dynasty of performance, style and sportiness, over the past 47 years. The 911 is used by professional racers, as well as a recreational car. Versatile, stylish and dependable; that’s what 911 owners have come to love and expect about this sports car.
The initial model of the 911 had a 5-speed manual transmission. This may not seem like much, but at that time most sports cars had a 4-speed transmission. The handling of the ’65 Porsche 911 also left competitors in the dust. The 911 had a semi-trailing arm with a torsion-bar-sprung independent rear suspension. This allowed the 911 to corner and maneuver much easier and more efficiently than most competitors. By today’s standards, the engine of the 1965 911 was certainly nothing to brag about. However, during that time the 2.0-liter with 148 horses was certainly impressive. It could go from 0 – 60 MPH in 9 seconds and had a top speed of 134 MPH. By comparison, the 2012 Porsche 911 has a 3.6-liter engine with 345 horsepower and can go from 0 – 60 MPH in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 155 MPH.
In 1970 Porsche came out with the second generation of 911 cars, sporting a slightly larger 2.2-liter with 142 horsepower. The second generation of 911s is widely considered the best generation by classic 911 enthusiasts. The valves inside the engine were made much larger, causing better circulation and respiration. It was also the first time Porsche offered an option for a limited-slip differential, as opposed to a standard differential.
By 1984 Porsche was rolling 911s off the line that had a 3.2-liter V6 with 200 ponies. In just 5.7 seconds this model could go from a standstill to 60 MPH. the ’87 911 was beefed up a bit, with a 3.2-liter V6 with 214 horsepower. Another model of the 911 was also made in 1987, although it never became available to the American public. This model was the Porsche 911 959. Engineered for racing, it had a 2.85-liter V6 with water-cooled Dual Overhead Camshafts with 450 horsepower and a top speed of 197 MPH. It had a 0 – 60 MPH time of an incomprehensible 3.7 seconds. Unfortunately the price tag on these was $240,000 and Porsche only sold 200 of them.
Today’s 911 has a 3.6-liter V6 with 345 horsepower and an MSRP price of $82,100. Not all that cheap, but if you can afford one, you’re going to become addicted to the 911. Just try not to get too many tickets along the way.