Goodbye, old friend

It's a fond farewell to the 991 911, as the last of the line rolls out of the factory.

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That's it then - the very last of the 991 generation of the 911 has rolled out of the factory in Zuffenhausen. Porsche built 233,540 of this iteration of the 911, with the final car rather appropriately being a 911 Speedster.

There have been plenty of headlines along the way: it was the first time a new 911 weighed less than its predecessor; there was a new, optional roll stabilisation system (PDCC); the first active aerodynamics on a 911; there was a Cabriolet version, a Targa, a Turbo, the most powerful 911 ever in the GT2 RS, the GT3, the GT3 with Touring package, the 911 T, the GT3 RS, the 911 R; and while the 991 was in production two significant anniversaries were celebrated. First up was the 50th anniversary of the 911 in 2013 and then in 2017, Porsche built the one millionth 911, finished in Irish Green and boasting leather and Pepita seats.

Michael Steiner, Chief Research and Development Officer Porsche AG has commented: “Porsche stands for both tradition and innovation. This is reflected nowhere more clearly than in the core of the brand – the 911. The 911 replaced the 356 in 1963 and, in the decades that followed, our rear engine model grew into an unrivalled sports car icon. The 991 generation in particular has set new standards in terms of performance, drivability and efficiency. It fills me with pride, as well as a touch of sadness, to have to send it off into retirement. For myself, I can say that the 991 has given me enormous pleasure.”

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