When someone spots a Porsche and shouts “Check out that 911” the car they’re referring to could be one of many different kinds of 911, and unless you’re obsessed with the brand it’s highly likely that you may not immediately be able to identify just which 911 it is. As it happens, while the names can get you befuddled, every Porsche has an official name for showroom floors as well as an in-house type number, and to make it just that little bit more confusing these names can be the same, but there are models that aren’t. Some names can be logical like with the old Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Carrera. Decoding it, the Porsche 356 was part of the refined A-series range (A), with a 1500cc capacity (1500), was part of the Grand Sport trim (GS) and was linked to the Carrera nameplate (Spanish for ‘racing’). Seems like a good system, but somewhere along the way it got mixed up which is why a Porsche 911 can also be a Porsche 991.
While there are hundreds of classic names to explain, we decided an explanation on the modern ones is the way to go with this piece. Here’s a point-form rundown of the names of the current Porsche nameplates, starting with the Boxster. From the CS onwards, the names are for some well-known historic models.
This one was first seen back in 1993 and is quite simply derived from the boxer engine layout. It’s clever, but also not because there’s a boxer engine in most Porsche products,
This one harks back to the quad-cam Type 547 engine designed by Dr Ernst Fuhrmann. It soon saw use on the models with the stingers engines, as with the 911 Carrera RS 2.7. These days when someone refers to a Carrera it could be any 911, because it’s likely easier than remembering if it’s a 991, or 996 or something else with a 911 silhouette. The name originated from the Carrera Panamericana, a Mexican endurance race that Porsche kicked ass with in the iconic 550 Spyder.
As the name suggests, there’s a hybrid powertrain in Porsche models featuring this badge. Inside you’ll find a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
The Executive is usually the best version, and on the Panamera an Executive badge features a stretched body that affords the rear rear-seat passengers better space.
GTS is an acronym for Gran Turismo Sport, originally a homologation class for motor racing. GTS is currently used to designate the especially sporty and exclusive models of a Porsche model series.
RennSport (Racing Sport) is where the RS badge is derived. RS-badged models are road-legal versions of a dedicated racing equivalent. But, it is also used on particularly sporty models, like the 911 RS America.
As above, it stands for RennSport (Racing Sport) combined with Rennwagen (Race Car) and this translates as racing sport racing car and is a dedicated competition version that’s not legal for road use.
Take a look at the YouTube video that does a decent job of explaining the different model designations on a bunch of 2021 model Porsches, something even the biggest Porsche fanatics can get confused by: Porsche Models Explained ( All Porsche Cars 2021 ) | Let Me Explain | Wheels Reviews
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