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991 v 992: the ultimate battle

It’s fair to say Porsche’s executives can be mighty pleased with the way the company’s eighth generation of 911 has been received so far. The Neunelfer is, after all, the bedrock of Zuffenhausen: an entire automotive operation is administered with this iconic car at its centre.

Of course it’s crucial that any new 911 must succeed in obtaining the approval of a global fanbase so impassioned by it. In the case of the 992, succeeded it has… and then some.

Not since the arrival of the 997.1 has a new generation of 911 been met with such resounding acclaim by all corners of the motoring spectrum. The 992 has built nicely on the foundations of the 991 before it, an era which didn’t exactly enjoy the same instant endearment.

Its bloated size over the outgoing 997 was lamented, as was the uptake of electrically assisted steering, both of which were seen as surefire signs of a general creep away from the 911’s all-out sports car demeanor in favour of a more comfortable grand tourer.

Despite what might best be described as a takeoff with turbulence, the 991 has gone on to become one of the most popular 911 generations of all time, right where it matters – in the showroom. Even after that mid-life introduction of turbocharging for the entire Carrera range, customers continued to back the car handsomely with their wallets. As a result, the 991 is a best-seller.

The 992 is still wet behind the ears in terms of its production cycle. There are only four models to choose from, Carrera S or 4S in Coupe or Cabriolet, but, with sales managers in an effervescent glow from early reviews, it’s about time the new arrival was put directly against its predecessor.

The 992 Carrera 4S Coupe’s RRP in the UK might be £98,418, but once you’ve added some sensible options you won’t see much change from £115,000 – our Dolomite silver press car here comes in at £116,467.

That’s the same figure you can expect to pay for a 991.2 GTS right now, either straight from the production line, as some late examples are still being built alongside the 992, or from a host of used examples currently available with around 1,000 miles on the clock. The stage is therefore set: what’s better, a new 992 C4S or a well-specced 991.2 C4 GTS?


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Porsche 997 C4 GTS v 991 C4 GTS showdown

We’re in Evo Triangle country. Sitting just outside the Snowdonia National Park we visited for our 991 supertest in issue 118, this region offers up a veritable sweet shop of twisting tarmac.

With wide, open sweepers and tighter, more testing asphalt, the Denbigh Moors are the perfect proving ground for analysing a car’s full range of abilities. And boy, do these two 911s have ability…

Although we’re in oft-used territory, the stomping grounds for myriad other motoring magazines, there’s no need to worry. This is very much a Total 911 photoshoot.

Porsche 997 Carrera 4 GTS

The 997 and 991 pairing at rest on the edge of the wind-chopped waters of Alwen Reservoir are possibly the best all-round Porsche 911s produced this century. In fact, they are perhaps two of the most complete neunelfers ever built.

I understand that this is quite a statement to make but these cars have an insatiable appetite for dishing up dynamic brilliance. This is just as well, because this duo shares an evocative three-letter badge on the decklid: GTS.

Like many of Porsche’s greatest tags, the Carrera GTS moniker started life on the track, on the back of the 1964 Targa Florio-winning 904 prototype. It would take a further 46 years before Zuffenhausen bestowed the GTS badge on a 911, though, initially launching a rear-wheel-drive version in December 2010.

Porsche 991 Carrera 4 GTS

Five months later, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS was rolled out, providing an all-weather variant to run out the 997 generation. However, this wasn’t just Porsche’s way of celebrating the most successful era of 911 production ever.

The 997 Carrera GTS and Carrera 4 GTS were widely considered top-drawer sports cars, embodying the very best of the neunelfer spirit.

To read our full Porsche 997 Carrera 4 GTS versus Porsche 991 Carrera 4 GTS head-to-head, pick up Total 911 issue 125 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS showdown


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