The End of an Era: The Porsche 991
Published on Sun, Dec 22, 2019
By: Collin Morgan
Final Porsche 911 of the 991 generation rolls off the production line, completing the most successful 911 generation in history.
The 991 generation was launched in 2011, and was one of the largest developmental endeavors in the history of the Porsche 911. Now, the final car is a 911 Speedster bound for the US Market. With a grand total of 233, 540 vehicles produced, the 991 generation cements itself as the most successful 911 generation in Porsche’s storied legacy.
Michael Steiner, Chief Research and Development Officer Porsche AG summed up the 991 perfectly: “Porsche stands for both tradition and innovation. This is reflected nowhere more clearly than in the core of the brand – the 911. The 911 replaced the 356 in 1963 and, in the decades that followed, our rear engine model grew into an unrivalled sports car icon. The 991 generation in particular has set new standards in terms of performance, drivability and efficiency. It fills me with pride, as well as a touch of sadness, to have to send it off into retirement. For myself, I can say that the 991 has given me enormous pleasure.”
In 2011, the 991 generation launched with a massive overhaul from the previous generation. Nearly 90 percent of all components were redesigned or underwent further development. Thanks to a much lighter body comprised of a light-weight aluminum-steel composite, this was the first time a 911 had weighed less than its predecessor.
Below is a simplified timeline of the 991 generation.
2011: 991 generation is launched
Spring 2012: Cabriolet launched with innovative lightweight magnesium bows, allowing the car to achieve a coupe-like curve of the roof, the likes of which had never been seen before.
Fall 2012: 911 Targa announced. The top section of the roof was easily stored in the rear of the car, all with just a press of a button.
2013: 911 Turbo launched. First active aerodynamics and particulate filter-equipped turbo engines on any 911 Carrera model.
2016: 911 R debuts. 500 wickedly fast horses.
2017: 911 Carrera T and 911 GT3 released, both to satisfy Porsche purists.
2017: One millionth 911 produced. This Carrera S was painted in a gorgeous Irish Green.
2017: 911 GT2 RS: The insane track monster makes its debut, with 700 horsepower.
2017: 911 GT3 RS: This 520 horsepower 911 was a perfect road/track combo.
2018: Porsche Speedster announced. Reflects similarities in the first 1948 Porsche 356 No. 1 Roadster.
To see full highlights of the 991 generation, please visit https://porsche-pr.de/en/generation-991