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Porsche 911 (1965-1973)
How cool is the Porsche 911 (1965-1973)?
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post Mar 24 2009, 06:14 PM
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Original 1965 Porsche 911:

1965 - The 911 is introduced to a confused Porsche fanbase, many of whom thought the 911 could never be a proper substitute for their beloved 356. However, the positive reviews soon poured in, and, as we all knew, the 911 was quite the hit. Bigger, faster, and more luxurious than the 356, it sported, in its original 1965 guise, a 2.0 liter flat-6 engine sporting 130 HP and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. Capable of 0-60 in roughly 8 seconds and with a top speed exceeding 130 MPH, the 911 was impressive in a straight-line for its day, but the beauty lied in its remarkeable handling. Weighing in at just a little more than 2000 pounds, the 911 was one of the best-handling sports cars of the '60s and beyond.

1967 - The 911 received many improvements and additions in 1967. The 911 Targa, 911 S, and 911 R were all added to the line up. The Targa, of course, was the first car with a removable roof, designed because Porsche wanted a 911 cabriolet but couldn't afford all the engineering work, which resulted in the ingenious solution of the roll hoop and removable roof panel. Early 911s also had soft plastic rear windows that were removable for a more convincing cabriolet impression, but these later died off in favor of the more weather-tight glass-with-defrosters setup seen on later targas (although even in '67, such an arrangement was optional).

1967 Porsche 911 Targa:

The arrival of the 911S was probably one of the greatest triumphs for Porsche performance-wise in those days. Although the engine remained at 2 liters of displacement, hotter cams and a higher compression ratio, along with other tricks, bumped power all the way up to 160, resulting in 80 hp/liter...an impressive number for a '60s car running on pump gas, especially stock from the factory. 0-60 times fell to the low 7s while the top speed rose past the 140 MPH mark, putting the 911S squarely in contemporary Ferrari and Maserati territory performance-wise.

1967 Porsche 911S:

The 911R was probably one of the lesser know Porsche models. Precursor to the Carrera RS, the 911R featured aggressive weight-reducing techniques along with more power and suspension work. Designed to go directly to the track, and made in only very small quantities, the '67 911R produced an incredible 210 HP from its 2 liter powerplant, which allowed it to break 5 world records at Monza and win the grueling 84-hour Marathon de la Route.

1967 Porsche 911R:

1969 - Fuel injection bowed for E and S 911s (Ts still used carbs), which meant a power increase for S models despite the same 2.0 liter displacement. The top of the line S now made 170 HP. Also, the wheelbase was stretched from 86.7 to 89.4 inches...which would be the only wheelbase change until the debut of the 996 in 1998. This improved the high-speed stability of the 911 and allowed its handling to be taken to even greater limits.

1970 - The 2.0 liter engine gets bored out 4 millimeters to create the new 2.2 liter engine. Power increased again, this time across the line, peaking at 180 HP in the S.

1972 - The 2.2 liter gets stroked to make a "2.4" (actually a 2,341 cc, rounded up). Power again increases for all models, with the hot S making a whopping 190 HP. 0-60 times drop to the mid-6s and the top speed approaches 150 MPH. Also, the old 901-transmission gets replaced with the new, stronger, better-shifting 915.

1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7:

1973 - All 911s get new bumpers to meet 5 MPH regulations (the better-integrated design was still a year away) and the Carrera RS enters the picture. With its 2.7 liter engine pumping out 210 HP on pump gas, the Carrera RS rips from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and continues to a top speed of 153 MPH...quick even by today's standards. Only 1,583 Carrera RSs were made in all, some "lightweight" versions and some "touring" versions (the lightweight version ripped out all the luxuries, and then the touring model put most of it back). Although I'm not inclined to agree, many many many Porsche fans still consider the '73 Carrera RS 2.7 to be the ultimate 911, if not the ultimate Porsche.

So, anyway, that's the 901 series Porsche 911.
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