From The History Of Evergreen Porsche 911: G Model
The Porsche 911 will celebrate its premiere on November 27 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. It will be the 8th-generation of the 55-year-old model.
The new Porsche 911 will debut this month in Los Angeles. This iconic model has seven generation. After 10 years on the market, the 911 underwent the most far-reaching changes in 1973. It got potent turbocharged engines and a galvanized body. A Cabriolet version, a Speedster and a Targa were launched.
Porsche built the G model in the period between 1973 and 1989. During that period, the manufacturer produced 198,496 such vehicles.
Interior and exterior innovations
The stricter safety regulations pushed Porsche to body reinforcement. The impact bumpers typical for the G model with rubber lip appeared in front of the trunk lid. They protected the car from damaging important parts.
Flexible impact absorbers became available on the US version and were optional for other markets. They absorbed collision energy.
The second-generation 911 especially focused on safety. It received standard three-point seat belts, front seats with integrated head restraints, a newly designed sports steering wheel.
The previous-generation Carrera RS already got a 2.7-liter six-cylinder motor increased afterwards to 3.0 and then to 3.2 liters. The 911 SC RS was powered by 250 hp. The air-cooled flat engine had a huge potential for development.
The 3.0-liter flat motor mounted on the 911 Turbo reached much more power levels as from 1974. The turbocharger initially provided the vehicle with 260 hp. Since 1977, thanks to displacement increased to 3.3 liters and an additional intercooler impressive 300 hoursepower were achieved.
Such performance made the model almost unrivalled in the mid-1970s. It accelerated to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and gained a top speed of more than 260 km/h – incredible figures at that time!
The Turbo became another legend.
New sports cars from Porsche such as the 924 and 944 model series with 4- and 6-cylinder engines received the transaxle technology, but they could not establish themselves.
The evergreen Porsche 911 remained highly demanded.
As from 1982, the German automaker offered the Cabriolet version for the first time alongside the Coupé and Targa. Then the 911 Carrera Speedster arrived in 1989, marking the end of the second-generation 911.
Upper picture: the G Model (1974-1989)