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911 Carrera S 3.8 – 400 ch

Porsche index: 991.1 Carrera S

HISTORY & SPEC

Launched alongside the Carrera, the S made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and went on sale in December of that year. It was instantly apparent that Porsche had taken a slightly different path with its new Neunelfer, the relatively compact dimensions of the 997 making way for something notably wider and longer.

Sitting on a wheelbase stretched by 100mm, this was an altogether roomier, more luxurious proposition, and it’s one that not all 911 devotees were comfortable with – more than a few voices accused the new model of being more cruiser than sports car. Thankfully the flat six sitting in the tail would appease most critics, the Carrera’s 350hp, 3.4-litre unit making way for the larger 3.8 boasting 400hp and 440Nm of torque. Naturally aspirated, it featured direct fuel injection and VarioCam Plus and was linked to a new seven-speed manual gearbox or an optional PDK unit.

The manual has come in for criticism since, but the double-clutch unit was impressive, getting the Carrera S to 62mph in 4.3 seconds and on to 187mph. However you view this car those are impressive numbers, and they were little different for the Cabriolet variant that arrived in March 2012 wearing a price tag of £89,740.

This was certainly a cleaner, more efficient 911, with Porsche claiming that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions had been reduced by 14 per cent; new technological features such as auto stop/start, better thermal management for the engine and a coasting function for the PDK ‘box all coming to the 991’s aid.

Adopting electrical assistance for the steering no doubt shaved further fractions when it came to efficiency, but it was at the expense of yet more criticism in some quarters. In reality, it’s a good system. As for the rest of the chassis specification, it was a more-than-tasty recipe that featured PASM and Porsche Torque Vectoring as standard, along with uprated and iconic ‘Big Red’ brakes: compared to the Carrera there were larger discs and Monobloc fixed front calipers with six rather than four pistons. 

There was the option to spend plenty of cash on further enhancements, too, from the likes of Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and Sport Chrono to special interior finishes and £3,000 of Burmester hi-fi. With plenty of buyers happy to indulge when it came to options, there are rich pickings to be had for today’s buyers.

Like its immediate predecessors, just four years were allowed to pass before the Gen2 model arrived, bringing with it the end of natural aspiration. Today the 991.1’s specification marks a good link between the more classic-oriented 997s and the tech-laden drive of the 992.

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Stunning White Vorsteiner V-GT Porsche 991 Carrera S

Given the performance the selection of Porsche 911 variants offer, the German sports car has always been considered as quite a subtle car to look at. For some, that’s an advantage, particularly for those looking for understated performance. For others, bold and aggressive bodykits are a necessity and Vorsteiner’s V-GT aero programme for the 911

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Stunning White Vorsteiner V-GT Porsche 991 Carrera S

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Vorsteiner Reveals Porsche 911 Carrera S V-GT Aero Pack

American tuning company Vorsteiner has just revealed its latest V-RT Aero Pack fitted here onto a 991-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S. As with all body components offered by Vorsteiner, its Aero Pack for the 911 not only adds to the appearance of the sports car but also aids in aerodynamics and cooling. Starting with the

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Vorsteiner Reveals Porsche 911 Carrera S V-GT Aero Pack

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Upgrade your used Porsche 991 for the cost of a used 911

This year, Porsche’s Tequipment department celebrates its 20th birthday. To celebrate, Zuffenhausen has decided to give them free reign in the rejuvenation of a second-hand, 2011 model year Porsche 991 Carrera S.

The team has taken the opportunity to showcase its skills and upgrade the first-gen 991 C2S with a number of options, including the Powerkit (bringing a 30hp boost) as well as carbon-backed bucket seats and plenty of Alcantara trimming.

However, when we totted the full cost of the work up (including installation, assembly, painting and VAT) the total came to a barely believable €46,301.01, the equivalent today of just under £35,000.

You can get Porsche to fit all this to your 991 Carrera S. Or you could buy a 997 Carrera S for less.

You can check out all the prices in the table below but, for the same money you could easily find a really nice Porsche 997 Carrera S to join your 991 C2S in the garage.

In fact, in the UK, the difference between the cheapest 991 Carrera S and the most expensive currently offered through Porsche Approved Used is £33,855, less than the cost of this work.

So, instead of adding clear glass brake lights, you could sell your current Porsche 991 and upgrade to a newer, better specced version for less than Tequipment will charge you for this (admittedly comprehensive) work list.

Description

Price incl.

Installation/assembly & painting

(incl. VAT)

Sport Design package5,513.51
Extension, Aerokit Cup2,594.20
Bi-xenon headlights, black2,985.71
Tail lights, clear glass look586.67
Sport Design rear-view mirror1,270.68
Fuel door, aluminium look130.90
Model name on doors227.29
Power enhancement including sport exhaust system15,465.24
20-inch Turbo with TPM7,199.50
Spacer discs, 5 mm321.30
Wheel hub covers166.60
Sport bucket seats4,217.84
Interior carbon package1,500.83
Panel, centre console, carbon577.15
Door sill guard, carbon598.81
Steering wheel, Alcantara1,168.58
Gear shift lever, Alcantara559.78
Cover for storage compartment, Alcantara with Porsche badge214.20
Floor mats, Nubuck178.50
Pedals, aluminium579.77
Ignition key, painted113.05
Key case, Alcantara130.90

 

Before Porsche spent an inordinate amount of money 'rejuvenating' their 2011 991 C2S.

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Bright Blue Porsche 911 With Black HRE Wheels

HRE Wheels is one of the world’s best known aftermarket wheel manufacturers and for good reason. The American company offers a number of distinct wheel designs all of which are exceptionally strong and lightweight thanks to their forged construction. The latest car installed with a set of HRE wheels is a Porsche 911 Carrera S.

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Bright Blue Porsche 911 With Black HRE Wheels

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