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Porsche Sustainability

Barnaba Auto Sport has joined Porsche in striving to become the most sustainable brand for exclusive and sporting mobility. Porsche's sustainability strategy breaks down the efforts and resources Porsche is investing to become a sustainable brand with clear goals to be reached by 2025. This strategy will positively impact the entire value chain to improve sustainability within its corporate activities on all levels. Read on to learn all about Porsche’s sustainability process and goals, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or are looking for a quality used car in the Batavia, IL area.


How is Porsche becoming the most sustainable brand?
By focusing on its long-term objective of achieving value-creating growth – for economic values and social responsibility – while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of the company.

Why is Porsche becoming a sustainable brand?
Due to increased population, limited resources, and overall climate issues, the entire automotive industry is facing the biggest changes and challenges in its history. Porsche wants to build a sustainable future and become a beacon of what corporate sustainability efforts can achieve.

What are Porsche’s goals and steps to becoming sustainable?
Porsche’s sustainability activities are now structured in the following three areas: Innovative mobility, reliable partner, and go zero. 

The ultimate goal of Porsche’s sustainability strategy is for the company to continuously reduce its negative environmental impact while further reinforcing its positive influence on society. Porsche’s vision is to become the most Sustainable brand for exclusive and sporting mobility.

What has Porsche done to become more sustainable?
"With our updated environmental and energy policy, we have adopted clear rules of conduct in order to live sustainability even more consciously and consistently at Porsche," says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG.

Porsche's environmental and energy policy sets out clear guidelines in four fields of action: environmental protection, environmental goals, management conduct and compliance.



Porsche Connect

Get the most out of each and every drive with help from Porsche Connect, your digital co-pilot before, during and after every drive! Enjoy the Porsche driving experience to the fullest with seamless smartphone integration, bringing together the digital and the real worlds. Discover all the spectacular features Porsche has integrated into your everyday drive to enhance and optimize your experience to the fullest. See how we’ve created our ecosystem around not just the modern day driver but also the future, with features like charging planning for our electric car line up and our app that allows you to access your cars features wirelessly. Porsche Connect includes great features including:

Porsche Connect App: Remotely access much of your vehicle data from your smartphone, control your air conditioning, lock and unlock your vehicle and much more.

Navigation: Using satellite maps to always give you the fastest route by reacting to traffic in real time. 

Voice Control: Access simple voice commands to change your route while driving, get weather updates, set your air conditioning and many more commands.

Porsche Communication Management: Search for restaurants with their ratings, gas stations including current prices, and free public parking, all by accessing the online destinations and a navigation database.


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Trust the experts at Barnaba Auto Sport, we’ve the technical knowledge and years of experience to help you enhance Porsche driving experience! Come on by our dealership in Batavia, IL to experience Porsche Connect for yourself, our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is ready to answer and walk you through any question. Browse all our Customer Testimonials and over 100 5 star google reviews! See what some of our customers are saying: 

  • “The Barnaba Autosport experience is second-to-none. Very knowledgeable, very technically savvy, very nice and they have fantastic customer service.” - Jan-Peter Breugelmans

  • “Trust and integrity is the ultimate currency of business but seemingly a rare commodity in the auto industry.” - Jeffrey Madden

  • “You won't find many guys more passionate or knowledgeable about Porsche cars, or more honest” - Michael Courtin

  • “Perfection in auto service! Outside of warranty work, I will never go to the Porsche dealer again.” - Tony Copley

We believe fair prices, superior service, and treating customers right leads to satisfied repeat buyers. When you’re ready to shop for a new Porsche, make sure to check out our virtual showroom of used and new Porsche cars and SUVs online then stop by for a test drive today! Find us at 1183 Pierson Dr Batavia , IL 60510 or call us at 630-406-1700 to set up an appointment.

Classic Porsche Service

Learn what is needed to maintain your classic Porsche and the benefits of maintaining your classic Porsche at Porsche to Barnaba Auto Sport. Bring your classic Porsche by today to experience our award winning restoration team expertly led by Ron Barnaba and Mark L. Greco. Our team offers everything your classic Porsche needs, from restoring a classic fuel and ignition system to classic transmission repairs and chassis system services. We have over 100 5-star Google Reviews and are well equipped to diagnose any classic vehicle and repair air-cooled engines!


Spend more time on the road and less time and money in a maintenance shop by routinely servicing your car. Recommended service maintenance includes: 

  • Oil change once a year
  • Tune-up every two year 
  • New tires every four years

And when you need to get your classic Porsche serviced in the Batavia , IL area but not sure where to go? Bring your classic Porsche to Barnaba Auto Sport, we offer Classic Porsche Service performed by our expert and knowledgeable staff! With the service expectations, tools, facility standards, and expertise you and your Porsche requires, our team’s passion for the Porsche brand runs deep! 

So don’t hesitate, if you’re looking to get your classic Porsche serviced, bring it on down to Barnaba Autosport today. Allow all of our experience and knowledge in Classic Porsche Service and Restoration serve you today! We can perform any service to your Classic Porsche from simple tune-ups to full blown ground up nut and bolt restoration projects.

If you have a need for the best Classic Porsche Service available, please contact Ron at ron@barnabaclassics.com or call 630-406-1700.

Used Porsche Buying Benefits

Get the most bang for your buck with a quality used Porsche at Barnaba Auto Sport in Batavia, IL! Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is here to help you find the car you deserve, priced to fit your budget. Shop our virtual showroom of used Porsches and discover all the buying benefits of buying a used Porsche below!


Buying a Used Porsche

Whether buying new or used, once you buy a Porsche, you’re joining the legacy that Porsche ownership comes with. Porsches are often ranked across the globe for their reliability and longevity, earning numbers well above the industry average. Porsche warranties and pre-owned service contracts for example can be transferred between owners so you do not miss out on the benefit of superior protection and coverage. 

Since they were first released in the 1940s, several Porsche models have even gone up in value over time! Showcasing the timeless aesthetic and reliable performance Porsche has been known for since the beginning. No matter what model year you end up deciding on, you’re getting a one of a kind premium performance vehicle unlike any other brand has to offer. The Porsche’s design has been able to stand out while maintaining a truly timeless and enviable style. Used Porsche buying benefits include:

  • Competitive pricing.
  • More upgraded options for your money.
  • Better long term investment recoup.
  • Slower value depreciation.
  • Warranties available on most models
  • Only Genuine Porsche parts used

Why Buy From Barnaba Auto Sport?

We have an expert and knowledgeable staff, starting off with Ron Barnaba who has been with the Porsche brand for almost 50 years and even started off as a Porsche technician in 1970! Along with Ron, our Service Director Mark L. Greco brings an additional 23 years of automotive experience spanning multiple manufacturers, over 17 of which have been with the Porsche marque. 

So come on by our dealership in Batavia, IL to see how easy it is to buy a quality used. We believe fair prices, superior service, and treating customers right leads to satisfied repeat buyers. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is here to help you find the car you deserve, priced to fit your budget. Shop our virtual showroom of used Porsche cars and SUVs online then stop by for a test drive today!

Porsche 911 Targa History

Named after the Targa Florio, a sports car road race in Sicily, Italy in which Porsche had several victories until 1973. What sets the Porsche Targa lineup apart is the targa top or targa for short. What does that mean? Basically it’s a semi-convertible car body style with a removable roof section and a full width roll bar behind the seats, first used on the 1966 Porsche 911 Targa. The Porsche 911 Targa has a rich history starting from the 1950s to today.
1950s
As a response to the increased safety requirements for open-top cars in the American market, Porsche looked to create something truly dynamic, unique, and most importantly safe to fulfill the concerns while maintaining and expanding Porsche’s racing legacy. Echoing the racing spirit of the Porsches of the past by naming its new breed of 911s after the Targa Florio road race in Sicily where Porsche saw success since the mid 1950s. 

1960s
In August 1965, Porsche applied for a patent for the Targa concept, later being 
introduced in September 1965. First breaking ground at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Targa concept showed a different kind of Porsche driving experience, featured not only in future 911s but also in future 914 and Carrera GT.

1970s
From the late summer of 1973, the G series models were now modified to feature new box-shaped bumpers with black bellows on the side, the ability to absorb impacts up to speeds of 8 km/h without any damage to the body, and added durable brushed stainless steel or black Targa roll bars. 

1980s
Autumn of 1988, Porsche introduced the first all-wheel drive 911 with the 911 Carrera 4 Type 964. This new feature made it the third generation of the iconic sports car from Zuffenhausen. Additional major changes could be found throughout the latest model outside of retaining the classic body shape of the 911. Underneath, nearly 85 percent of all the parts were new, showing Porsche's identity as a automaker who combines innovation and tradition.

1990s
911 Carrera 2 Targa and 911 Carrera 4 Targa were built until 1993, still producing the classic Targa roll bar and the removable roof centre section. At this time, a total of 87,663 Targa models were built within the first three generations of its conception. By November 1995 a new Targa body emerged, taking the original idea in a completely different direction with features like:

  • Wider and flatter front wings. 
  • Wider and straighter rear wings.
  • Extensive engine and chassis enhancements. 
  • Optional Targa without a roll bar. 
  • New roof made of tinted heat-insulating glass, running from the front window frame to the rear, now encased within a longitudinal safety structure. 
  • Smooth opening at the push of a button.
  • Reduced wind noise when the roof was closed. 

2000s
The 911 Targa had an electrically operated glass roof, now with a surface area of more than 1.5 square metres. The most glass surface area in a Porsche 911 ever. Additionally the new Targa was the first 911 to provide a rear window that could be folded. This made it easier than ever to access the rear storage compartment and allow more storage space.

In 2006 the sixth 911 Targa featured the same roof design, but with an additional practical rear lid and the special glass made it possible to reduce the weight by 1.9 kg. At the same time, the new 911 Targa was now only available in the two all-wheel drive variants – the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S.

2010s
In the early 2010s Porsche introduced the seventh and fully redesigned 911 generation. The new 911 Targa was introduced in January 2014 and was seen as a modern classic. Just as previous generations did, the new Targa combined its state-of-the-art roof convenience with traditional and innovative design elements. These elements included: 

  • A wide bar in place of B-pillars.
  • A moving roof section above the front seats.
  • Wrap-around rear window without a C-pillar. 
  • Fully automatic roof system.

Discover all the different 911 Targa generations for yourself at Barnaba Auto Sport. See how the 1965 classic has left its impression throughout the Porsche fleet. Come by our dealership in Batavia , IL to see how easy it is to buy a quality used. We believe fair prices, superior service, and treating customers right leads to satisfied repeat buyers. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is here to help you find the car you deserve, priced to fit your budget. Shop our virtual showroom of used cars, trucks and suv's online then stop by for a test drive.

The New 911 More Power, Faster, Digital

The new Porsche 911:  more powerful, faster, digital

Sensation in Los Angeles: the Porsche 911 is now entering the eighth generation. The new 911 celebrated its world premiere on the eve of the L.A. Auto Show. It continues to set the standard when it comes to exclusive sportiness. 


Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA, a much more muscular look, and an interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is timeless – and modern. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems combine the masterfully uncompromising dynamism that the classic rear-engine sportscar is famed for, with the demands of the digital world.

The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, with 331 kW (450 PS; 911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 205 g/km; 911 Carrera 4S: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 206 g/km) in the S models. The drive efficiency has been increased by way of an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Additional highlights include the new assistance systems, including Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, and Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity – which now also uses swarm intelligence. The 911’s features are rounded off by three exclusive digital offerings: the Porsche Road Trip app for extraordinary tours, the Porsche 360+ personal assistant, and the web-based Porsche Impact emissions calculator for neutralising your individual carbon footprint.

Carrera S models start from 450 PS

The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 331 kW (450 PS). This corresponds to an increase of 22 kW (30 PS) compared with the previous model. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel-drive Coupé needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive just 3.6 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model in each case. This advantage is increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version. The fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the 911 Carrera S is 8.9 l/100 km, while the 911 Carrera 4 S records this figure as 9.0 l/100 km.

Clear design language, unmistakable identity

The exterior design is completely new and emphasises the leap in performance for the 911 type 992. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the slimline centre section. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. Flush integration of the electrical pop-out handles in the doors emphasises the tapered and smooth side contour. Between the new LED headlights, a bonnet with a pronounced recess evokes the design of the first 911 generations. The rear is dominated on all models by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium.


The completely new interior is characterised by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Alongside the central rev counter – typical for Porsche – two thin, frameless freeform displays supply information to the driver. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath this there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. In terms of digitalisation, the 911 takes the next step into the future with permanent connectivity as well as new functions and services. The standard PCM features include online navigation based on swarm data as well as Porsche Connect Plus.


New assistance systems increase safety and comfort

In a world first, Porsche has developed Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver; the driver can then adjust vehicle settings for a particular emphasis on safety at the push of a button, or by means of the mode switch on the steering wheel (optional Sport Chrono Package). The camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclist and initiates a warning or emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control with stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.

Digital applications:  "Road Trip", "360+" and "Impact"

Porsche Road Trip” supports car enthusiasts in planning, organising and navigating special trips. The curated routes it offers include exclusive hotel and restaurant recommendations as well as points of interest and viewpoints along the route.

Porsche 360+” has the goal of allowing the customer to enjoy the Porsche experience even while away from the vehicle; the heart of “Porsche 360+” is a personal lifestyle assistant that is available to customers around the clock. The assistant is intended to make everyday life easier and exclusive experiences possible.

Porsche Impact” is an emissions calculator. It calculates the financial contributions that Porsche customers can pay to offset their CO2 footprint. They themselves can choose the internationally certified climate projects in which to invest. The projects available are spread out all over the world and focus on wind, hydro and solar power, as well as forest protection.

The Legendary Porsche 911 - on the Wrist

Porsche Design honors the next generation of the iconic Porsche 911 with a limited edition timepiece: the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition. Like the renowned sports car, the chronograph evokes emotion through its purist design, functionality and high level of performance. Delivered in a special edition box with limitation badge, the watch is available as of April 2019 in Porsche Design Stores, Porsche Centres, specialty dealers, and online at www.porsche-design.com.




The New Porsche 911 A Design Icon

The new Porsche 911 - a design icon and high-tech sports car

Porsche presented the 8th generation of the 911 in Petree Hall at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


“California is the ideal place to introduce the new 911. California has been like a second home to Porsche for decades,” comments Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. “The 8th generation of the 911 is even more powerful, even more emotional, and even more efficient than its predecessor – and also offers extensive digital features. And in spite of all the innovations, the 911 is still just what it has always been: a pure sports car and the pulsing heart of Porsche: our icon.” 

Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA, with a much more muscular look and an interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is timeless – and also modern. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems combine the masterfully uncompromising dynamism that the classic rear-engine sportscar is famed for, with the demands of the digital world.

The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, with 331 kW (450 PS; 911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 205 g/km; 911 Carrera 4S: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 206 g/km) in the S models. The drive efficiency has been increased by way of an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The top speeds are now 308 km/h (Carrera S*) and 306 km/h for the Carrera 4S all-wheel-drive version. Additional highlights include Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity that uses swarm intelligence. The offering is completed by three exclusive digital services that are a perfect fit for the Californian lifestyle: the Porsche Road Trip app for extraordinary journeys, the Porsche 360+ personal assistant, and the web-based Porsche Impact emissions calculator for neutralising your individual carbon footprint.

Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, emphasised the importance of the US American market for the sports car manufacturer: “More than 55,000 Porsches were delivered to the USA in 2017, and our American sales company Porsche Cars North America is on track to achieve a new record figure in 2018. Ultimately, no model better symbolises the American love affair with Porsche than the 911. One in three Porsche 911s built in Zuffenhausen goes to the USA.”


An exterior design that draws on earlier generations of the 911

The exterior design is familiar and yet unmistakably new. The eighth-generation 911 is wider, more assertive, and more advanced. Wider wings arch over the large 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear. The rear-wheel-drive models now match the bodywork width of the existing all-wheel models. Their rear body is 44 mm wider. The front end of all models – now 45 mm wider – revives a traditional feature of earlier 911 generations: a forward-extended bonnet with a distinctive recess in front of the windscreen. Both elements lengthen the front of the vehicle and give it a dynamic look. At the same time, the newly developed LED headlights illustrate how technology has advanced in the 911. These headlights are integrated into the wings almost seamlessly, taking the typically-911 round and upright form. Flush integration of the electrical pop-out handles in the doors emphasises the tapered and smooth side contour. The exterior mirrors have also been redesigned, and are now optimised to minimise wind noise. It’s also possible to fold the mirrors in electronically. 

The rear of all models is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar. The vertically arranged louvres of the air intake echo the contours of the rear window. The centrally located third brake light has also been integrated in the intake louvres. Since this is hidden when the rear spoiler is extended, there is a second brake light in the spoiler itself. As a distinguishing feature, the rear-wheel-drive models have black louvres, while the all-wheel-drive models have chrome elements in the rear grille. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium.

Redesigned interior with clear lines

The interior is distinctive, with the clear, straight lines and recessed instruments defining the dashboard. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here as well. As it does in the original 911, the new dashboard covers the entire width between two horizontal wing levels. Alongside the centrally positioned rev counter, two thin, frameless freeform displays deliver information to the driver. Now 10.9 inches in size, the centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be operated quickly and without causing distraction. Below it, a docked-on control panel of five buttons with the look of a classic toggle switch creates the transition to the centre console with touchpad. The seats have also been fundamentally modified. The new design reduces the vehicle weight by around three kilos, while the adapted geometry offers significantly better lateral support in the shoulder area. Although the seat is now positioned five millimetres lower and has a minimally thinner seat cushion, seating comfort has been improved overall. 

In the area of digitisation, the 911 takes the next step into the future with permanent connectivity, as well as new functions and services. The standard PCM features include online navigation based on swarm data as well as Porsche Connect Plus.


New assistance systems enhance safety and comfort

In a world first, Porsche has developed Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver; the driver can then adjust vehicle settings for a particular emphasis on safety at the push of a button, or by means of the mode switch on the steering wheel (optional Sport Chrono Package). The camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclist and initiates a warning or emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control with stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.

The next generation of flat-six engines

The turbocharged flat-six engines also enter a new generation with the new 911. In addition to compliance with the latest emissions standards by way of a gasoline particulate filter, the primary focus of advanced development here was on further enhancing performance. New, larger turbochargers with symmetrical layout and electrically controlled wastegate valves, a completely redesigned charge air cooling system, and use for the first time of piezo injectors combine to attain engine improvements in all relevant areas: responsiveness, power, torque characteristic, endurance, revving ability. In addition to performance enhancement of 22 kW (30 PS), achieving 331 kW (450 PS) at 6,500 rpm, the 911 Carrera S engine achieves an extra 30 Nm of torque: 530 Nm in total. This is available within a wide range of speeds, from 2,300 to 5,000 rpm.

The Porsche 911 mythology, right on the wrist

Porsche Design is honouring the new generation of the 911 with a special-edition watch limited to 911 pieces: the “911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition.”


The unmistakable design of the automotive icon is reflected in the puristic design of this timepiece and the contouring of the titanium housing. Even the generously dimensioned black dial is derived from its motorised forerunner. The white pointers and indicators guarantee maximum readability both in the cockpit and on the wrist. The totalisator at 6 o’clock references the sports car icon with the markings at 3/6/9 and 11. The same is true for the silhouette of the 911 flyline on the dial, and the strap that is produced using original Porsche interior leather. The special edition will be available from April 2019 in an exclusively boxed edition which also includes a special limitation badge.

The previous seven generations

The original 911


A legend was born at the International Motor Show Germany (IAA) in Frankfurt. It’s 12 September 1963: Porsche presents the hotly anticipated successor to the 356 – a sports car which 15 years previously had started this car manufacturer’s brand history in Gmünd, Austria. 111,995 examples of the original 911 – initially called the 901 – are built before the model is discontinued.

The G series


Ten years later, in 1973, the G series 911 is launched with fundamental changes. Many of these have become necessary because of stricter safety specifications in the USA – an important export market. The Stuttgart-based car manufacturer relies on powerful turbo engines and a galvanised body in its top model, additionally launching a Cabriolet version of the 911 and the Speedster, alongside the Targa. 198,496 Porsche 911 G Series are built by 1989.

Type 964


Its successor, referred to internally as type 964, comes to market in 1988. The first model variants of the 964 generation show just how advanced the new 911 is: the all-wheel drive is introduced to the series for the first time on board the Carrera 4, with Porsche having originally designed it for the 959 high-performance sports car. The 911 Carrera 2 with rear-wheel drive follows in 1989. Along with the Coupé, the Cabriolet and Targa versions also celebrate their debut at the same time. For all versions it’s true that, beneath the trusted bodywork – barely modified apart from integrated bumpers – 85% of the 964 is made from newly designed parts. From October 1993, after 63,762 third-generation Porsche 911s are produced within six years, the new successor is ready.

Type 993


The fourth generation of the 911 – the type 993 – is one of the most desirable editions. Initially, Porsche offer it only as a Coupé and Cabriolet. The Targa does not make its debut until 1995, at which time it arrives incorporating a new concept: instead of a removable hardtop, it has a glass roof with a large surface area, which can be descended under the rear window. The chapter of air-cooled engines also ends in 1998 after the production of 68,881 vehicles.

Type 996


With the fifth generation of the 911, Porsche stops using air-cooled engines – already starting in 1997. The type 996 represents the biggest departure in this classic’s family tree. The company is in a state of financial upheaval. After 34 years, the sports car manufacturer comprehensively realigns its icon with the 996 generation. The focus is on reducing production costs – a process started in the model’s predecessor, by ensuring the greatest possible compatibility of parts with other production series such as the new Boxster, and updated safety and emissions specifications, among other initiatives. Production doesn’t end until 2005. With 175,262 units sold, the 996 is the long-underestimated success model in the more than 40-year history of the 911.

Type 997


From 2004, the type 997 Porsche 911 is more multifaceted than ever: customers can choose from a Coupé or Targa, Cabriolet or Speedster, rear- or all-wheel-drive, narrow or widened bodywork, with water-cooled aspirated and turbo engines, a GTS or the GT2, GT2 RS or GT3 sport versions, or either of two GT3 RS models. Including special models, the range has a total of 24 model variants – supplemented by a wide range of personalisation options. With 213,004 vehicles out there, the sixth generation of the 911 again hits a production record.

Type 991


From 2011, the 991 embodies the highest development stage of the Porsche 911 to date. It is an extraordinary reflection of this sports car manufacturer’s leitmotif: striving for the best possible efficiency. This can be seen in all aspects, starting with its evolved design. A more compact silhouette, tension-charged surfaces, and precisely defined details mean the 991 looks more powerful than any other previous 911 – an effect that is heightened by the wider track and the wheelbase that has been extended by ten centimetres. It also features adaptive aerodynamics: the 911 is the first series sports car from Porsche to adopt these from the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. The 991 generation of the 911 is the absolute best seller in the history of this icon. 217,930 of them were built by October 31, 2018. In total, Porsche has produced 1,049,330 series 911s since its debut in 1963.

The 991 The 911 Passes One Million

The 991:  the 911 passes the one million mark

On 27 November, the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 will celebrate its world premiere in Los Angeles – 55 years after the debut of the original 911 model. This is reason enough to take a look back at the previous seven generations. Part 7: the 991.


From 2011 onwards, the Type 991 represented the most technically advanced 911 model to date. The 991 looked more powerful than any other 911 before – an effect that was heightened by the wider track and a wheelbase stretched by ten centimetres. It also featured adaptive aerodynamics: the 911 was the first series sports car from Porsche to adopt this technology from the 918 Spyder hybrid super sports car.

The newly designed interior of the 991 was based on the architecture of the Carrera GT. It combined classic 911 elements such as the five round instruments – one as a high-definition multifunction display – with modern design and enhanced ergonomics. At the same time, the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) was introduced with improved connectivity, multitouch monitor and real-time traffic information.

The brand icon was more athletic and more powerful than ever before. The lightweight body in aluminium-steel design was again more rigid and helped to reduce the weight by 45 kilograms. The entry-level six-cylinder engine made do with a displacement of 3.4 litres, but still developed 350 PS. The S models produced 400 PS from 3.8 litres, and the GTS even delivered 430 PS from the same displacement.


Following the new edition of the 991 launched in 2015, the 911 Carrera models also relied on the power of two turbochargers. In combination with a three-litre engine, the power outputs of the three Carrera versions, standard, S and GTS, were now 370 (911 Carrera: Fuel consumption combined 8.3 – 7.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 190 – 169 g/km), 420 (911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.7 – 7.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 199 – 174 g/km) and 450 PS (911 Carrera GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 8.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 212 – 188 g/km) respectively. A 911 Carrera accelerated from zero to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. The fuel consumption and exhaust emissions were reduced.

The available power also reached new dimensions with the Turbo and GT variants, with no less than 700 PS (911 GT2 RS: Fuel consumption combined 11.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 269 g/km) in the 911 GT2 RS. With a top speed of 340 km/h, this was the fastest series-production 911 in the model history. The 911 GT3 RS with 520 PS (911 GT3 RS: Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert 12,8 l/100 km; CO2-Emission 291 g/km) from its 4.0-litre high-speed naturally-aspirated engine featured more motorsports technology than Porsche had ever before offered in an on-road vehicle.


A highlight of the model range was the 911 Targa, which incorporated the classic idea of this concept with a wide bar instead of the B pillars, and combined this with a clever roof design. Other highlights were model variants such as the weight-optimised 911 Carrera T, the extremely lightweight 911 R, which was produced in a limited edition of 991 vehicles, as well as the 911 GT3 RS with a weight of only 1,370 kilograms. The special-edition model “50 years of 911” was also highly coveted, with exactly 1,963 units being built. An important place in the company’s history is occupied by the Irish Green sports car with numerous exclusive features which rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen on 11 May 2017: the one-millionth 911. The 450 PS jewel remains in the ownership of Porsche AG.

The 991 generation of the 911 was the absolute best seller for Porsche. 217,930 units were built in the period from 2011 to 31 October 2018 and counting. In total, Porsche has produced 1,049,330 series 911s since its debut in 1963 to end of October 2018.


The 997 New Design and Great Variety

The 997:  Technology offensive, new design and great variety for the 911

On 27 November, the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 will celebrate its world premiere in Los Angeles – 55 years after the debut of the original 911 model. This is reason enough to take a look back at the previous seven generations. Part 6: the 997.


From 2004, the Porsche 911 was available in more different versions than ever before: Customers could choose from a Coupé or Targa, Cabriolet or Speedster, rear- or all-wheel-drive, narrow or widened bodywork, with water-cooled naturally-aspirated and turbo engines, a GTS or the GT2, GT2 RS or GT3 sport versions, or either of two GT3 RS models. Including special models, the range had a total of 24 model variants – supplemented by a wide range of personalisation options.

With the design of the type 997, Porsche made the 911 even sharper thanks to a more dynamic and powerful look. The Carrera was already noticeably more masculine with more pronounced shaping of the rear end, while the width of the S, GT and Turbo models grew by 44 millimetres. The type 997 set itself apart from its predecessor by the steeper, round clear-glass headlights, marking a return to an important style element of the air-cooled 911 models. After the facelift in July 2008, the front end featured bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.


The 997 generation of the Porsche 911 also set new benchmarks on the technical side as well. The 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine of the Carrera initially produced 325 PS. The cylinder bore was increased by three millimetres for the S models. With a displacement of 3.8 litres, this became the largest flat engine in a series-production 911 thus far.

For the model update in 2008, Porsche thoroughly revamped the engine range and introduced direct fuel injection for the first time. The fuel consumption and emissions fell significantly as a result, but the performance figures shot upwards: 345 PS for the 3.6-litre version, 385 PS in the 3.8-litre six-cylinder model. The new 911 Carrera GTS, which closed the gap between the S models and GT3, even produced 408 PS.

The 911 Turbo also benefited from the technology offensive: Its 3.6-litre engine was the first petrol engine to be equipped with a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The later changeover to a displacement of 3.8 litres and direct fuel injection permitted an initial leap from 480 to 500 PS. The 911 Turbo S even came with 530 PS, combined for the first time as standard with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Only the 911 GT2 RS was faster and more powerful. Its engine developed 620 PS, enough for a lap time of 7:18 minutes on the Nürburgring North Loop.


The GT3 models also benefited from increased power, from initially 415 to 435 PS. The RS 3.8 even delivered 450 PS. However, the crowning achievement was the GT3 RS 4.0. This vehicle, produced in a limited edition of 600 units, generated 500 PS.

The 997 generation also featured a number of remarkable special edition models, such as the 911 Sport Classic. Each of the 250 units in the edition found a buyer within just 48 hours. The 911 Speedster – also with a power output of 408 PS – was offered by Porsche in a limited series of 356 units. The 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder was a special case: this model was designed to shorten the waiting time of the future owners of a new 918 Spyder before they took delivery of their hybrid super sports car – only these 918 happy customers were able to order the special-edition model. Porsche produced a total of 213,004 sports cars of the type 997 between 2004 and 2012.


The 996 First Water-Cooled 911

The 996:  First 911 with water-cooled flat engine

The eighth generation of the Porsche 911 will celebrate its world premiere in Los Angeles on 27 November. It’s 55 years since the original 911 model debuted, and so a perfect opportunity to take a look back at the previous seven generations. Part 5: the type 996.


With the fifth generation of the 911 introduced in 1997 – the type 996 – Porsche took the bold step to stop using air-cooled engines. After 34 years, the sports car manufacturer completely revamped its icon with the new 911 and in doing so solved a number of urgent challenges. As part of a process that had started with the predecessor, the focus was on reducing production costs through maximum compatibility of parts with other model series, such as the Boxster, as well as on meeting updated safety and emissions regulations. Porsche found its path into the future with the 996.

It did this by preserving classic proportions and combining them with modern technology – in short, re-inventing a sports car legend and preparing it for the future. The 996 had a difficult legacy to follow, but it also represented the first chapter of a new era. That was already clear in the design.

The result was a newly developed body, which impressed with an elegant, no-frills look. The dimensions also grew: The new 911 was now 18.5 centimetres longer, and the wheelbase was also lengthened for the second time in the history of the model series. This increased by 80 mm, while the body width also added another three centimetres. The interior also benefited from these changes: the 996 offered more elbow room and a more generous feeling of spaciousness. The dashboard also had a new look: the five round instruments merge into each other – another break with tradition.


However, the greatest revolution was at the rear. The flat engine design was preserved – but not its air cooling, because this cooling principle did not have enough reserves to comply with the increasingly strict emissions regulations. In contrast, the newly developed water cooling system was ready for the future. This was also true for its performance: the four-valve six-cylinder engine generated 300 PS from a displacement of 3.4 litres, therefore matching the legendary 911 Turbo 3.3. After the engine facelift with a displacement of 3.6 litres, this increased to 320 PS, and in the anniversary edition “40 years of Porsche 911”, the power output even reached 345 PS.

The 911 Turbo also received a new water-cooled flat engine. This came with an impressive track record: as a 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine, it had already powered the 911 GT1 to victory in the Le Mans race in 1998. Thanks to twin turbocharging, it delivered 420 PS in the series-production vehicle. This 911 Turbo was therefore the first series model from Porsche to break the 300-km/h barrier. In the 911 GT2, the unit even produced up to 483 PS. The PCCB with ceramic brake discs also made its debut in the extreme sports car and was standard equipment in the GT2. This was 50 percent lighter than the brake with standard brake discs and had a service life of up to 300,000 kilometres.


With the same engine but without turbocharging, the 911 GT3 marked the start of a new era: it offered pure driving pleasure both on the road and on the race track as part of Track Days. It also formed the basis for the Porsche brand cups, and was the starting point for many race victories of Porsche customer motorsport all over the world. In the 996, the 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine initially had an output of 360 PS, and then 381 PS. The 911 GT3 RS followed in 2003 as an even sharper edition. Between 1997 and 2005, Porsche produced a total of 175,262 Type 996 vehicles.