Top seven fastest production Porsche 911s ever built
Typically, the experience of driving a Porsche 911 is about to ‘how you get there’ rather than ‘how fast you arrive’. That’s why, in the traditional five-dial dashboard, the rev counter (rather than the speedo) is mounted centrally.
However, having always been situated at the upper end of the sports car spectrum, Porsche 911s have never been slow. In fact, there’s an argument to suggest that many modern neunelfers, with their long gearing feel most at home on the remaining derestricted sections of German autobahn.
As proof of such, here are the top seven fastest Porsche 911s ever built (according to Porsche’s claimed top speeds). We’ve kept the countdown to productions cars as bespoke racers such as the Porsche 935 had a top speed determined by the circuit-dependent gear ratios. Blink and you’ll miss them:
As well as being jam-packed with incredible technology (such as VTG, rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring) the Porsche 991 Turbo is one of the fastest 911s ever built, topping out just shy of the magic 200mph mark.
There’s already a pattern emerging here. The 991 generation of Porsche 911 (as the latest evolution) features many straight-line stars. The current Porsche 911 GT3 is actually faster than the new Rennsport thanks to the former’s lower drag.
If the Porsche 993 GT2 created the ‘widowmaker’ moniker, the 996 GT2 helped to cement it. Upon its release in 2001 it comfortably became the fastest production Porsche 911 ever (faster even than 911 GT1 Straßenversion!)
The Porsche 959 will be 30 years old next year. 30! And yet, here it is, comfortably situated in a list of the fastest Porsche 911s ever. If that’s not proof of how ahead of its time this twin-turbo monster was, we don’t know what is.
Nearly half of this list is comprised of Porsche 991s. Thanks to its 40hp over the standard 911 Turbo, the Porsche 991 Turbo S can stretch its legs slightly further, gaining an extra 2mph of top speed compared to the base model. Now, where’s that autobahn?
It took over 40 years for Porsche to officially launch the first 200mph barrier-breaking 911. When it did arrive though, the Porsche 997 GT2 arrived with a bang. Seven years after its launch, it’s still a whopping 7mph faster than the next fastest 911.
In a list of ‘the fastest Porsche 911s ever’ it’s only appropriate that a Rennsport offering tops the list. Confirming the dominance of turbocharged neunelfers in the top speed stakes, it’s the Porsche 997 GT2 RS that tops our list. Helped by its incredible vMax, the GT2 RS is still the fastest production 911 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
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