G-Series (1973): Second Generation

2013-02-08 10:23

Ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover.

The G-Series model was produced from 1973-89, the longest run of any 911 generation to date. It featured prominent impact-absorbing bumpers, an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the USA.

Occupant protection was further enhanced by three-point safety belts as standard equipment, as well as integrated seat headrests.


One of the most important milestones in the 911 saga was the 1974 unveiling of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a 3.0 (188 kW) engine and prominent rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche mystique.

The next performance jump came in 1977 with the intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3 and its power output of 218kW was the best in its class.

In 1983 the naturally-aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC. Powered by a 3.2 170kW engine, it became a favourite collectors’ item.

In 1982, fresh-air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of the legendary 356 of the Fifties.

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