When you hear car folk talk about car things you may hear Porsche fanatics refer to a certain 930 Porsche or a 964 or similar when you’re sure the car being described is a Porsche 911, and you’re not wrong. The iconic Porsche 911 shape is iconic because the majority of Porsches are 911s, the other three digits designate the actual model run. Take that Porsche 964 again for example, it’s the 911 that was produced between 1989 and 1994. So now that in this instance you have baseline and now know the 964 model and year run which allows you to determine the age of the other 911 models. So the Porsche 911 930 is the predecessor, so any number lower is older, and visa versa any number higher is newer.
All these numbers equate to seven generations of Porsche 911 starting off in 1963 with the original 911 with 111 995 produced. This was followed up with a G Series model run of 198 496, but after that it switched to the familiar numbers of the 964 from 1988 to 1992 that saw 63 762 produced, the 993 from 1994 to 1996 with 68 881 produced, the 996 from 1997 to 2003 with 175 262 produced, the 997 from 2004 to 2010 213 004 produced, the 991 from 2011 to 2018 with 233 540 units sold, and then the current 992 that’s been running from 2019 to date. That’s a whole lot of 911 there, which explains why it’s such a task to identify which is which.
Even with the current Porsche 911 992, if you don't study the Porsche website configurator for 6-hours a day it's not easy to identify the specific model. That's because in between the different spec levels and options for each of the 24 models available. That's right, there are no less than TWENTY-FOUR Porsche 911s to choose from, never mind the special editions that launch in between. So yeah, this is why videos like this exist, so that people interested in Porsche can learn what's what and not looks silly trying to join Porsche-centric conversations.
Take a look at the YouTube video that explains the rather topsy-turvy world of the Porsche 911 model and all it's associated numbers. It's easy to get lost, only the most ardent Porsche fans have learned these numbers well enough for making and winning bar room bets about stats and year models: Evolution of the Porsche 911 (Animation) | FlatLife
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