The Porsche 997 was unveiled in 2005. It retained the basic profile of the Porsche 996, but now featured an impressive aerodynamic co-efficient of 0.28 Cd.
The styling was a reference to the Porsche 993, but the body shape and body lines were sleeker than ever. Headlights were now similar to the original bug-eye design instead of the teardrop design of the Porsche 996.
The interior of the Porsche 997 was revised with strong links to the earlier Porsche 911 interiors but with a more modern and fresher look.
The Porsche 997 share less than a third of its parts with the former generation Porsche 996. But, the chassis layout, all-wheel-drive, and rear-wheel-drive layouts were technically similar to it.
2005 – 2012 The Porsche 997 Carrera and Carrera S
The Porsche 997 Carrera was powered with a 3.6-liter flat-six engine delivering 321 horsepower.
The Porsche 997 Carrera S was powered with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine delivering 350 horsepower. It also came equipped with 19-inch Lobster Fork style wheels as standard.
More powerful and larger brakes with red calipers, lowered suspension with Porsche active suspension management, dynamically adjustable dampers, xenon headlamps, and a sports steering wheel was added as standard.
Porsche introduced all-wheel-drive variants of the Porsche 997 model lineup in late 2005 for the 2006 model year.
2006 – 2012 Porsche 997 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S
Porsche 997 Carrera 4 and 4S were announced as 2006 models.
These cars were wider than their rear-wheel-drive counterparts and featured a 32m wider track to feature wider rear tires.
The Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S were powered with the same engines as their rear-wheel counterparts did.
Porsche 997 Carrera 4S was capable of achieving 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds.
2006 – 2012 Porsche 997 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S Targa variants
The Targa variants were unveiled in November 2006 to fill the gap between the coupe and cabriolet body styles.
The Targa variants featured a dual sliding greenhouse-style glass roof.
For the 2009 model year, the Porsche 997 lineup received a larger air intake in the front bumper, new headlights and rear lights, new clean-sheet design direct fuel injection equipped engine.
A dual-clutch PDK gearbox was also unveiled for the 2009 model year.
The transition to the next generation of the Porsche 911 happened in the mid-2012 production year.
Porsche 997 turbo
The turbocharged variant of the Porsche 997 series was equipped with the same 3.6-liter flat-six engine but it is twin-turbocharged and intercooled. This setup delivers 473 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque.
It has variable turbine geometry that combines the low revving boost and quick responses of a small turbocharger with the high rev power of a larger turbocharger.
It is also highly fuel-efficient compared to the Porsche 996 Turbo.
The Porsche 997 Turbo was also equipped with an all-wheel-drive system. This all-wheel-drive layout was all new and was similar to the one on the Cayenne.
Porsche Traction Management system further incorporated a clutch-based system that varies the amount of torque to the wheels to avoid tire slippage.
Porsche says that redirecting torque to control oversteer or understeer results in neutral handling and enhanced performance in all weather conditions.
2009 – 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo
For the 2010 model year, the Porsche 911 Turbo was introduced in August 2009. The whole Porsche 997 range went through a facelift for the 2010 model year.
This new Porsche 911 Turbo was known internally as the Porsche 997.2. The Porsche Traction Management system was tweaked to provide more torque to the rear wheels to give the car a sportier feel.
The Porsche 911 Turbo is equipped with a new 3.8-liter flat-six.
A PDK double-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters was now standard for this car.
The variable vane twin turbochargers have been reworked to increase responsiveness and the intercooler and fuel system was uprated to deliver more power.
The total power output of the Porsche 911 Turbo was now 486 horsepower.
This car was capable of achieving 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 194mph.
Similar to the Porsche 997 Turbo, the Porsche 911 Turbo also featured distinctive styling cues over the Porsche 997 Carrera models such as the front LED indicator lights mounted on a horizontal bar across the air intakes.
The traditional rear wing is a variation of the Porsche 996 bi-plane unit.
A Turbo S variant of the Porsche 911 was unveiled in 2010. It came with a PDK double-clutch gearbox with paddle shifts and sports exhaust as standard. It also comes with reengineered turbochargers and sports exhaust to provide an extra 30 horsepower, delivering the performance of up to 516 horsepower.
2006 – 2009 1st generation Porsche 997 GT3
This car was unveiled in 2006 as a GT3 car and a limited number of road-legal race cars were sold to comply with FIA homologation requirements.
The Porsche 997 GT3 was capable of hitting 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 193mph.
Motor trend crowned it as the best handling car in America.
The total production of the 1st generation Porsche 997 GT3 ended in 2009 with less than 2000 units delivered worldwide.
2009 – 2011 2nd generation Porsche 997 GT3
The Porsche 997 GT3 second generation was unveiled in August 2009. This car featured a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with various modifications to deliver 444 horsepower. The suspension system was modified, a new titanium sport exhaust and dynamic engine mounts were added. The bodywork was made out of composite and lightweight metals.
2011 – 2012 3rd generation Porsche 997 GT3
Porsche announced the third generation of the Porsche 997 GT3 RS. This car featured a 4.0-liter flat-six engine. Now the power output was 493 horsepower.
Porsche designed the Porsche 997 GT3 RS using lightweight composite materials and lightweight metals extensively. The seats were lightweight bucket seats. The hood lid and front wing were made out of carbon fiber. The rear windows were made out of polycarbonate plastic.
The suspension system was tuned and modified for racing.
To improve aerodynamics, a larger rear wing, and many aerodynamic tweaks were added. The lateral front air deflection vanes were installed for the first time on a production variant of a Porsche to increase downforce on the front axle.
The total curb weight of the car is 1360kg.
2006 – 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS was announced in 2006 as a homologation version of the Porsche GT3 RSR car for competition events like 24 hours of Le Mans.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS was equipped with a powertrain derived from the Porsche 911 GT3. It was given a lightweight flywheel, closer gear ratios, and many further modifications to improve response under acceleration.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is based on the body shell and chassis of Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Porsche 911 Turbo. It also features the same wider rear track for better grip and stability when cornering.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is identifiable by its unique bright orange or green paint with black accents. This paint scheme is a reference to the Porsche Carrera RS of 1973.
The rear decklid is topped by a wide carbon-fiber rear wing. The front air dam has been fitted with an aero splitter to improve the frontwards downforce and provides more cooling air through the radiator.
The EU spec Porsche 911 GT3 RS is fitted with lightweight plexiglass rear windows and features a factory-installed roll cage.
2007 Porsche 997 GT2
The Porsche 997 GT2 was unveiled in 2007 to replace the Porsche 911 GT2.
The Porsche 997 GT2 was equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six engine. This engine was then mated to a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox to deliver the power to the rear wheels. The total power output of the engine was 523 horsepower at 6500rpm, and 505 lb-ft of torque at 2200rpm to 4500rpm.
The total curb weight of the car was just 1440kg.
0-60mph was achieved in 3.6 seconds. The top speed was 200mph.
This is the first legal Porsche 911 GT variant with the exception of the Porsche 911 GT1 which was unveiled in 1998.
In 2008, the Porsche 997 GT2 was tested by the Motor Trend. They achieved 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds and running the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds with a top speed of 127.9 miles.
The braking distance from 60-0mph was just 30 meters.
Top Gear tested the car on their race track. The Stig was able to drive it around the track in 1 minute and 19.5 seconds.
The Porsche 997 GT2 differs from the Porsche 997 Turbo in many ways.
The Porsche 997 GT2 doesn’t have fog lamps in the front bumper and has a revised front lip. The rear wing with two small air scoops on either side, the rear bumper is different.
The rear bumper was changed to achieve better aerodynamic efficiency and to accommodate the new titanium exhaust pipes.
The Porsche 997 GT2 is rear-wheel drive only when comparing to the Porsche 997 Turbo.
2010 Porsche 997 GT2 RS
This car is made with the extensive use of composite and light metals to decrease the total weight of the car. So, the car is 70kg lighter than the stock Porsche 997 GT2.
The engine was modified to deliver a maximum of 612 horsepower and a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft.
The improved performance and decreased weight resulted in an excellent performance.
Porsche 997 GT2 RS was capable of achieving 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds. The top speed was 205mph.
2009 Porsche 997 Sport Classic.
The Porsche 997 Sport Classic was unveiled in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is limited run production with only 250 units ever made. The entire 250 cars were sold out in less than 48 hours.
This car was based on the Porsche 997 Carrera S coupe and was inspired by the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7.
The 3.8-liter flat-six engine was given a newly developed resonance intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled switching flaps.
This engine was then mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The total power output of the engine was now 402 horsepower comparing with the 350-horsepower maximum output of the standard Carrera S engine.
To make it unique, a double dome roof, wider rear fenders, Sport Design front apron with a spoiler lip, a fixed ducktail rear wing which was similar to the one of the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS .7 were added. These features improved the aerodynamics of the car.
The suspension was 20mm lowered, mechanical rear axle differential, ceramic composite brakes, 19-inch black Fuchs wheels were added to improve handling and cornering.
The interior featured Porsche exclusive woven leather seats and door panels. The dashboard was finished in Espresso natural leather upholstery.
All the cars were painted in a specially developed Sport Classic grey body color.
2011 – 2012 Porsche 997 Carrera GTS
The Porsche 997 Carrera GTS was the first-ever Porsche-built GTS model of the 911 family. It was more powerful than the Porsche 997 Carrera S.
The suspension setup was a completely bespoke design and was tuned for road performance instead of track events, making this more comfortable than the race-tuned ones. The suspension was lowered by 20mm. The handling was vastly improved due to this bespoke design.
Porsche 997 Carrera GTS featured race-inspired center-lock wheels, a special rear bumper, a Sport Design front bumper, blackout trim, side skirts derived from a Porsche GT2, Alcantra trim or optional leather trim, and brushed stainless steel Carrera GTS door sills. The rear-wheel-drive wide-body design also made it stand apart from other Porsche 997 cars.
The total output of the car was now 408 horsepower.
The total production of the Porsche 997 Carrera GTS was 2265 units.
Some of these were sold as 2012 models as well.
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0
Porsche unveiled the final descendent of the 997 series, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. This car was equipped with a 4.0-liter engine and the crankshaft derived from the GT3 RSR with increased stroke dimensions.
These modifications lead to an increased maximum power output of 493 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 339 lb-ft of torque at 5,750rpm.
Chassis development was heavily influenced by the chassis of the GT2 RS and shared many components from other RS 997 models.
Front dive planes were added to provide additional downforce.
Total curb weight was just 1,370 kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 370 horsepower per ton.
Production was limited to only 600 cars.
2011 – 2012 Porsche 997 Speedster
For the 2011 model year, Porsche unveiled a Speedster variant of the Porsche 997.
This was a limited production run with only 356 cars ever built. This was a reference to the original Porsche 356 Speedster of the 1950s.
The windscreen was 70mm shorter but retained the original 997 cabriolet’s windscreen rake angle.
It was also the third Porsche 911 variant to feature the speedster design after the Porsche 930 Speedster and Porsche 964 Speedster.
The total power output of the engine was 408 horsepower.
It took only 4.2 seconds to achieve 0-60mph and the top speed was 190mph.
The only available color options were either the Pure Blue or the Carrara White.