The five fastest accelerating production Porsche 911s ever
Historical 0-62mph (0-100kph) times for classic Porsche 911s are hard to officially ratify. According to our Data File, the original 2.0-litre Porsche 911 could launch from a standstill to 62mph in 8.3 seconds.
American magazine, ‘Car and Driver’ however timed the Porsche 911 at 7.0 seconds in their own independent 0-60mph (note the 2mph lower limit) test back in April 1965.
Either way, in the following 52 years since the neunelfer’s launch, the accelerative capacities of Porsche’s iconic sports cars have improved dramatically (especially with the advent of turbocharging and four-wheel drive). Here are the five fastest production versions:
As you will see, the 991 generation dominates this list. The latest Porsche 911 Turbo can sprint to 100kph in 3.2 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Plus package. However, in standard spec it is 0.2 seconds slower.
Incredibly, the second generation Porsche 997 Turbo officially clocks the same 0-62mph sprint time as its 991 successor. Despite having 10Nm less torque (and 20hp less power), the 997.2 Turbo weighs 25kg less, helping its acceleration.
The new Porsche 991 GT3 RS is not only the only naturally aspirated car on this list, it is the only rear-wheel drive 911 featured here too. Thanks to 460Nm of torque from its 4.0-litre flat six and the 991’s impressive launch control system, it is one of the fastest accelerating production 911s ever.
As we found in issue 123, the Porsche 997 Turbo S, four years since its launch, is still very much able to hold its own on the drag strip. 700Nm of torque helps accelerate its 1,585kg mass to 62mph in a time that makes many supercars blush. The identical 918 Spyder Edition is equally rapid.
Only one car appears on both this list and our countdown of the fastest 911s ever. The 991 Turbo S can nearly top 200mph and it can sprint to 100kph in 3.1 seconds. Unofficially, people have managed to get to the same speed in under 3.0 seconds.