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911 Carrera 3.4 – 350 ch

Sales Spotlight: Porsche 991.1 Carrera

During its four-year tenure as the incumbent generation of the Porsche 911 line-up, the 991.1 Carrera was hit with more than its fair share of criticism from some of Zuffenhausen’s loyal disciples.

To the ‘purists’, the first generation 991 was too big, too digital and not enough like the previously lithe sports cars of Porsche’s past. Some even suggested it was more like a car from a certain Ingolstadt-based manufacturer.

However, with the Gen2 Porsche 991 switching to downsized, turbocharged powerplants, the 991.1 now marks the last 911 Carrera to feature a naturally aspired flat six. In the context of the current line-up, the 991 Gen1 is the last Neunelfer bastion for the ‘purists’.

Porsche 991.1 Carrera interior

What’s more, thanks to four years of depreciation, values for some of the early 991.1 Carreras are now incredibly competitive, as this particular Rhodium Silver Metallic example from Porsche Centre Portsmouth highlights.

With an asking price of £59,890, this Carrera is one of the cheapest 991 Gen1s currently available through Porsche’s Approved Used scheme and, complete with a rare manual gearbox (around 80 per cent of 991s were sold with the PDK shifter), it makes a great ‘back to basics’ Neunelfer that you can use everyday.

As we found in our 991.1 supertest back in issue 118, the standard Carrera – with its softer suspension, smaller brakes and rev-happy engine – is often a more enjoyable partner on British B-roads than its higher powered brethren.

Porsche 991.1 Carrera wheels

Unlike the 400hp Carrera S, much of the Carrera’s pace can be utilised in the real world without putting your licence on the line too often and, although an acquired taste, the seven-speed manual ‘box means that you’re always kept busy behind the wheel.

As one of the cheapest 991s on the market, this particular car doesn’t come with an extensive equipment sheet (the 14-way adjustable sports seats are the highlight of the options ticked by the original owner) however, buying through an OPC does get you Porsche’s two-year Approved Used warranty.

Check out the full spec of this 991.1 Carrera from OPC Portsmouth or search for other cars from Porsche’s Approved Used scheme using this pre-owned car locator.

Porsche 991.1 Carrera rear

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Video: Porsche 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera – the verdict

By now you should have read our head-to-head test of the new, turbocharged 991 Carrera and its naturally aspirated Gen1 predecessor, and compared the two neunelfer’s vital statistics.

So, it’s now time to find out just what the Total 911 really makes of the 991.2 Carrera in our latest video. Editor, Lee and Features Editor, Josh discuss the two cars after their 700-mile road trip around Yorkshire’s finest roads and decide which set of keys they’d rather have in their pockets.

To read our Porsche 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera twin test in full, pick up Total 911 issue 137 in store today. Alternatively, download a copy straight to your digital device now.

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Porsche 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera in numbers

Our Porsche 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera head-to-head is more than just a numbers game. The turbocharged driving experience is something that data alone does not attest for.

However, comparing the vital statistics of the Gen1 and Gen2 Porsche 991 Carreras does make for some interesting reading. Judge for yourself here:

 Porsche 991.2 CarreraPorsche 991.1 Carrera
Capacity2,981cc3,436cc
Compression ratio10.0:112.5:1
Power370hp @ 6,500rpm350hp @ 7,400rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1,700-5,000rpm390Nm @ 5,600rpm
Max. engine speed7,500rpm7,800rpm
0-62mph4.2 seconds4.4 seconds
Top speed182mph178mph
Drag coefficient0.290.29
Wheelbase2,450mm2,450mm
Length4,499mm4,491mm
Width1,808mm1,808mm
Weight1,450kg1,400kg
Power-to-weight259bhp/tonne254bhp/tonne
PriceStarting from £76,412Starting from £71,449

Read Lee’s 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera head-to-head in full by picking up Total 911 issue 137 in store today. Alternatively, download a copy straight to your digital device now.

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Porsche 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera: a worthy successor?

Let’s face it: the 911 Carrera has never been far away from a controversy or two. Right from launch as a non-Rennsport model in 1974, the Carrera headlined a sizeable shake-up for Porsche’s darling 911.

The adoption of impact bumpers changed the car’s silhouette for the first time after more than a decade of design perpetuance. It was an episode that would go on to become something of a trend for the model.

Fifteen years later, it was the Carrera that introduced all-wheel drive to the 911 legend, a full year before Porsche’s traditional sports car setup was then revealed in 964 C2 form.

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Then, just before the turn of the century, the 996 Carrera heralded a change from air-cooled to water-cooled flat six engines in the biggest and most disputed change to the 911’s DNA ever seen before. That is, until now.

This is because the Carrera has once again significantly moved the goalposts, scrapping the naturally aspirated flat six engine that the 911 has been known for since its very beginning. In its place is a flat six now boosted, quite literally, by two turbochargers, one for each cylinder bank.

Thanks to this new Carrera, the 911 experience has changed forever – but to its credit, the new 991.2 has by and large found favour with critics, as exemplified by the sentiments of our own road tester, Kyle Fortune.

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At the world launch of the 991.2 Carrera in issue 134, Kyle was relieved to find elements of that traditional 911 heritage still apparent with the new engine, borne out of evolutionary necessity, adding: “transformational as it is, there’s huge appeal to the differences it brings, yet joy too in the similarities it retains.”

So, the new, turbocharged Carrera has found favour with journalists and sections of the public in isolation, but how does it compare in a test against the first generation 991, the last such bastion of the quintessential, naturally aspirated entry-level 911 as we know it?

It is in searching for the answer to this question that around 6,000 miles north of Kyalami Race Circuit, South Africa, where Kyle Fortune is putting both the 991.2 Turbo and C4S through their paces for the first time, I find myself standing in the middle of the bucolic Yorkshire Dales.

To read the rest of Lee’s Porsche 991.1 v 991.2 Carrera head-to-head, pick up Total 911 issue 137 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it to your digital device now.

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BMW i8 vs Porsche 911 – evo Deadly Rivals

An icon squares up to the new order, but which one will win?

For a long time Porsche hasn’t had much to worry about in its segment of the sports car market. The 911 remains one of the most iconic cars ever made and continues to excite and thrill drivers with every iteration.

But then the BMW i8 came along and tried to do things differently. A hybrid powertrain was combined with cutting edge design, to deliver a truly modern mid-engined sports car. Crucially though, BMW promised it would be fun to drive too.

As such, for the next in our Deadly Rivals series, we thought it only fair we compare the two. We’ve got a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS up against a BMW i8. Both four wheel drive, both around £100,000 and both hugely exciting in very different ways.

Specifications

BMW i8

Engine 1,499cc 3cyl turbo + hybrid synchronous motor
Power 357bhp
Torque 420lb ft
0-62mph 4.4 sec
Top Speed 188 mph
MPG 134.5
Lap time 1:06.43

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

Engine 3,800cc, flat-six
Power 424bhp
Torque 325lb ft
0-62mph 4.0 sec (with PDK)
Top Speed 188 mph
MPG 31
Lap time 1:02.66

Winner

Somewhat predictably, the 911 takes the win here. But don’t let that put you off the i8, which proved to be a far more exciting ownership proposition after we’d given it some time on the track.

Read: BMW M5 vs BMW M4

The seed has been sown for the future and while the 911 continues to work its magic, an M-division i8 could mean a major threat to the Porsche crown.


Hunter Skipworth

23 Mar 2015
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