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Porsche Performance: 0-60 time, 1/4 Mile time, Power & Top Speed for Every Model

Over 350 Cars! We Compiled the Porsche Performance Numbers & Specs for Every Porsche

Updated July 2019: 992 911 & 718 GT4 numbers

Avid readers of know we are huge Porsche fans (obsessed may be a more accurate description actually). This year alone we spent six months researching Porsche history, we compiled a list of every Porsche model ever made, grabbed all the specs and performance numbers and put them all in one place. We even had the guts to take on the greatest Porsches everthe best race cars and picked the definitive list of the greatest 911s and non 911s. All that work and it took all of a week for readers to ask for more.

You guys wanted Porsche performance numbers by model. While lap times and top speed numbers were important, most of you wanted to see Porsche 0 – 60 mph and quarter miles times. There is just something about a car going from standstill to sixty mph that gets car guys talking, it is the bread and butter of car enthusiast arguments and has been for decades. You can feel a Porsche’s 0-60 mph time and even quarter mile in a way that you can’t with top speed. Any modern 911 will almost hit 200 mph and you can do that speed exactly nowhere. Hit 60 mph in a 911, you can do that anywhere you want, anytime you want.

With all of this in mind we went through our Porsche model list to find the acceleration times and put them on this page. We sorted them a few different ways (by top 20 0-60, then top 20 1/4 mile and finally by model. Hopefully that works for you guys but let us know if it doesn’t.

Also see: Top 100 cars around Nurburgring (we counted 27 Porsches).

Porsche 911: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

Every generation of Porsche 911 is faster than the previous one. Therefore, comparing all Porsche 911 0-60mph times does not seem very intuitive and helpful so instead, we broke out the list into generations. At least that way you can compare Porsche 911 performance by era and see which Porsche 911 is the fastest accelerating or most powerful of its time.

Porsche 911 – Early Years (1963 – 1973)

In the early years Porsche 911s were not known for straight line speed, in fact the was not initially regarded as the “gold standard” of sports cars. Straight line acceleration and zero to sixty mph were well behind the American muscle cars and Italian sports cars of the time. Where the Porsche 911 made up for it was in the way it handled and the way it worked on a circuit.

Porsche 911 – G Series (1973 – 1989)

Ten years after the 911 launched Porsche gave the 911 a comprehensive makeover. Known as the ‘G-model’, the new generation 911 was built from 1973 to 1989. On the naturally aspirated side the 911 Carrera replaced the SC in 1983 and, having an engine capacity of 3.2 litres and 231 hp, became a much loved collector’s piece. From a performance perspective however, the most notable G-Series model was first 911 Turbo with a three-liter engine and 260 hp it seriously amped up straight line acceleration numbers. In 1977 came 911 Turbo 3.3 which added a charge air cooler and 300 hp for a sub 5 second sprint to sixty and 13 second quarter mile time.

Porsche 911 – 964 (1989 – 1994)

The Porsche 911 (Type 964) looked virtually the same as its predecessor, save for the introduction of aerodynamic bumpers and an automatically-extending rear spoiler. It featured a 3.6- liter boxer engine that produced an impressive 250 horsepower. It was the introduction of an all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model that really captured the attention of the automotive community as a whole (it was revolutionary for its time). In addition to the base model Carrera Coupe, Cabriolet and, Targa versions, the 1990 Porsche 911 offerings also included a Type 964 Turbo option with a turbocharged 3.3- liter boxer engine. In 1992, the Porsche 911 Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 3.6- liter engine that produced 320 horsepower and could catapult the 911 Turbo to a top speed of 168 miles per hour, with a 0-60 mph time of just 4.8 seconds.

Porsche 911 – 993 (1994 – 1998)

The 993 generation Porsche 911 sold between 1994 and early 1998 and is considered by many Porsche enthusiasts as the “ultimate 911” for its unique blend of power and simple elegance. The styling was perfect and it is still the best looking 911 series. More importantly the 993 saw big improvements in chassis engineering and performance that was a big step up.  This was the last of the “air-cooled” Porsche 911 and used the standard M64/05(06) engine with 3.6 liter displacement (carried over from the 964) and ~ 270 hp. In 1995 Porsche switched to the VarioRam equipped M64/21(22) engine and power output increased to 282 hp. The RS got a more powerful version with 3.8 liter and 300 hp. For Turbo 993s the 3.6 liter got twin KKK K16 turbos and made 402 hp although you could customize your order (on Turbo S and GT2 models) to up that to 444 hp.

Porsche 911 – 996 (1998 – 2004)

The 996 Porsche 911 series was a new design with all- new body work, a reimagined interior, and the first water-cooled engine ever used in a 911. It broke with tradition in a big way. The 996 911 cars were introduced in early 1997 and had a 3.4 liter naturally aspirated flat-6 that produced 296 horsepower thanks to the introduction of its four-valve cylinder heads. The Porsche 911 Turbo debuted in 1999 and was the performance leaders in terms of the sprint to sixty and quarter mile. Perhaps most exciting though was the specialist performance 911s, with the GT3 our favorite. The car featured a stiffer, adjustable suspension platform as well as upgraded brakes. In 2002, the standard models of the type 996 underwent minor re-styling and were standardized on the 3.6- liter engine, which yielded gains of 15 horsepower to the naturally aspirated models.

Porsche 911 – 997 (2004 – 2011)

The 991 series 911s featured the same classic silhouette as all earlier variants of the Porsche 911, and included design cues that were found on older 911 models. The car was hailed for being a true high-performance vehicle and this is when we saw base Porsche 911 models with acceleration and straight line numbers that could compete with the supercars. The base Carrera featured a 3.6- liter boxer engine that produced an impressive 325 horsepower while the new 3.8- liter, six-cylinder engine found in the Carrera S had 355 horsepower. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo which had almost 500 hp and a sub 4 second 0-60 mph time. Porsche also introduced the next-generation Porsche 911 GT3 and again while the Turbo was faster, most pundits wanted the GT3 in their garage. The Porsche 911 type 997 received another update in late-fall 2008 (called the 997.2) and the focus was improved fuel efficiency and the addition dual-clutch transmissions.

Porsche 911 – 991 (2011 – 2019)

The 991 Porsche 911 generation is by far the most interesting in our opinion. It started out with the usual improvements to the 911. An evolutionary design, the addition of additional technology, more fuel efficiency and a decent increase in performance across the range. Overall, the easiest 911 cars to live with and the most effective performance machines they had ever made. However, things changed a lot during the midlife refresh cycle for the 991 range when the updated Porsche 911 (991.2) introduced an all new, 3.0liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engines across the range. This was the first time the standard Carrera models had adopted turbocharged engines rather than naturally aspirated ones, which were initially criticized for lacking the engine sound that previous non-turbocharged variations had. This criticism quickly dissipated as it became apparent the 991.2 offered a substantial step up in performance and feel over the preceding models. You can see that fro 2016 onwards the vast range of 911 models is dipping into low 3 second 0-60 mph times and low 11 second quarter miles times, with the Turbo models destroying even those benchmark numbers.

Porsche 911 – 992 (2019 – Present)

The Porsche 911 entered into its eighth generation with the launch of the 992 range in late 2018. The era of the digital Porsche is how we may remember the new version but it is still too early to make a call. Overall it is a much more muscular looking 911, the shape clearly an evolution of the 911 shape we all know and love. The interior is probably the biggest improvement in our eyes, with a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, intelligent controls and digital gauges everywhere. All new innovative assistance systems combine the masterfully uncompromising dynamism that the classic rear-engine sports car is famed for, with the demands of the digital world. 


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Porsche Performance by Model

Porsche 356: 0-60 MPH, Quarter Mile Times & Top Speed

The Porsche 356 was the first production model by the formal Porsche company. Designed as a lightweight and great handling sports car it had a rear-engine and rear-wheel drive. The 356 was a coupé only initially and over years a variety of other styles appeared, including roadster, convertible, cabriolet, and a very rare split-roof. There were four broad generations/models of the 356.

Porsche 550: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche 550 Spyder is about as classic and iconic as it gets. Porsche needed a race car to compete in the roadster class so it took its 356 and cut off its roof (that’s how you get the 550 Spyder). After its maiden win in Nurburgring in 1953 the 550 Spyder went on to get 95 victories and 75 class wins over a total of 370 races. It wasn’t just about racing for the 550, with 43 examples built as customer cars (of the 90 cars ever made).

Porsche 914: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

By the late 1960’s, both the Porsche and Volkswagen companies were in need of a new automobile model so they built the 914 together. The Porsche’s 914/6 variant featured a carbureted 2.0 liter, flat-6 cylinder engine rated at 108 bhp that had been borrowed from the 1969 911T. The 914/6 sold quite poorly while the much less expensive 914/4 became Porsche’s top seller during its production run, outselling the Porsche 911. Before production of the 914 was ultimately cancelled in 1976, more than 118,000 units were sold world wide, making the 914 one of the most successful Porsche models to date.

Porsche 924: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche 924 was originally developed as a joint venture between Volkswagen and Porsche. In the end Porsche bought the design back and built the 924 to be the company’s entry-level sports car (and replacement for the outgoing 914). The Porsche 924 was immediately criticized by enthusiasts for its mediocre performance (you can see they were right below). Over the years it was improved and in 1979 a 924 Turbo was released followed by 924 Carrera GT in 1980. The Carrera GT was really an evolution of the 924 Turbo model, but it was the 924 should have been from the beginning.

Porsche 928: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche 928 was developed as a luxury GT expected to have wider appeal than the 911. The car had the power and handling of a sports car with the refinement, comfort and equipment of a luxury sedan. At launch the Porsche 928 utilized a 4.5 liter, SOHC (per bank), 16-valve V8 engine which produced 230 horsepower. The car was well received and praised for both its comfort and power, but initial sales of the car were low. The front engine, rear-wheel drive design went against everything that Porsche purists had come to love and many alienated the 928 entirely. Performance wise the 928 had great off the line acceleration and later models dipped into the low 5 second sprint to sixty with ~14 second quarter mile times and top speeds topping 170 mph.

Porsche 944: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

Porsche re-worked the 924 and developed an all-new, all-alloy 2.5 liter, inline-four cylinder engine which had been dubbed Type 944. Porsche introduced the 944 as a production vehicle in 1982 and it offered drivers better handling and stopping power, and was considered far more comfortable to drive. The Porsche 944 Turbo was introduced in 1985 and featured a turbocharged engine as well as better aerodynamics, strengthened gearbox, external oil coolers and more. In 1987, Porsche introduced the Porsche 944 S which featured a high-performance, naturally aspirated, dual-overhead-cam 16-valve version of Porsche’s 2.5 L engine. In 1988, Porsche introduced an even more powerful variant to the 944 lineup – the Porsche 944 Turbo S.

Porsche 968: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche 968 was manufactured from 1992 to 1995. It was the third – and final – evolution of the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive series of sports cars that began with the Porsche 924 in the early 1970’s. The car was powered by an updated version of the Porsche 944’s straight-four cylinder engine. For 1993 thru 1995, Porsche offered a light-weight “club sport” variant which was specifically developed for owners looking to run their cars at the racetrack. There was also a “968 Turbo S” with a 3 liter engine the car could run a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds with a top overall speed of 175 mph. Between 1992 and 1994, Porsche motorsports also built a full race version of the Turbo S, it was called the 968 Turbo RS it is extremely rare.

Porsche Boxster: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche Boxster was introduced in late 1996 as 1997 model. With a water-cooled, 2.5-liter, flat six engine rated at 201 horsepower. With an open top boxy, low center of gravity, near-perfect weight distribution, and neutral handling it was an instant hit. Performance in a straight line was nothing to rave about at 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds and 14.7 second quarter mile but the overall driving experience was near perfect. Over time the Boxster has stayed true to its mission while steadily increasing power and performance. The biggest changes was the launch of the 718 Boxster range in 2016 and the switch to a turbocharged four cylinder engine. Many said the sound was terrible but it is hard to argue with the performance gains and the dollop of torque that made a near perfect car even better.

Porsche Cayman: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Cayman came along in 2006 and performance numbers weren’t the highlight, it was the chassis and balance that made it a favorite. The first two Cayman generations had a flat six naturally aspirated engine. The Cayman GT4 was the standout, dipping below 4 seconds for the sprint to 60mph. With 911 GT3 suspension and Porsche Motorsport magic, it was the sweetest all-around performer you could ever want. The latest crop of 718 Caymans switched to turbocharged boxer four engines. Gone is the flat six howl but it is made up for with more power and torque all across the rev range. You can see from the 0-60mph and quarter mile times that the move to four cylinders saw a big leap in performance.

Porsche Taycan 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

Porsche announced the name of its first full-electric sports car during the official celebration of the anniversary “70 years Porsche sports car” – Taycan. The name translates as “lively young horse”, referencing the center of the Porsche crest.” It is Porsche’s Tesla beater. According to Porsche, the new electric sports car is “athletic and performance-oriented; a car that is capable of longer distances, and represents freedom”. We will let you know the Taycan performance numbers as soon as we get them.

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Porsche Family Car (SUV & Sedan) Performance

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the Macan, Cayenne and Panamera can carry your family in comfort. From the very beginning of its family car ambitions, Porsche made sure these cars carried the Porsche motorsports DNA and performed like real Porsches.

Porsche Cayenne: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche Cayenne is a mid-size luxury crossover sport utility vehicle produced by Porsche since 2002. It was the first V8-engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995, when the Porsche 928 was discontinued. It was also Porsche’s first off road variant vehicle since its Super and Junior tractors of 1950s, and the first Porsche with four doors. Since 2008, all engines have featured direct injection technology. The Porsche Cayenne entered the market with mixed anticipation. However, it soon proved that it was the performance vehicle among SUVs and was praised for its excellent handling and powerful engines. We are now in the third generation of the Cayenne and it is still going strong, it is still one of the fastest, most performance oriented SUVs on the market.

Porsche Panamera: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The first Panamera certainly drove like a Porsche but was ugly ugly ugly. The newest Panamera looks good and drives even better than the first one. We have a four-door passenger Porsche that looks great, drives great and is perfect for the family. The Panamera Turbo comes with a twin-turbo V-8 making 550 hp and 567 lb/ft and hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Upgrade to the Turbo S E-Hybrid and you get electric assist which boots power to 671-hp. This is the car to take across continents.

Porsche Macan: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

The Porsche Macan is one fast SUV with sub 5 seconds to hit 60 mph across the range and solid 13’s for the quarter mile. Top speed is not bad for an SUV with the Macan range in the 150 to 170 mph area. The Macan Turbo (with performance package) is the real performance beast in the Macan range. It is a compact SUV that is all about performance. Five doors, five seats, decent space for the family and a 434-hp twin-turbo V-6 mated to a seven-speed transmission with all-wheel drive. The $10k performance package gets you an additional 40 horsepower and 36 lb-ft of torque over the Turbo Macan and we say it is totally worth it. It hits sixty from a standstill in 3.6 seconds and blasts to the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds.

Porsche Supercar Performance

Porsche Supercar Performance

Porsche has never been obsessed about breaking zero to sixty and acceleration records. Its road cars are amazing all-around performers, known for the balance and poise they have as well as how they feel. There is one area where Porsche’s are always on the bleeding edge in terms of straight line acceleration and thats its supercars. It all started with the epic 959, a supercar so far ahead of its time many didn’t believe the performance numbers. Next up was the ultra rare GT1, with only roughly 25 examples and amazing performance it is still one of the most coveted Porsches around. The Carrera GT used a race engine and no driver aids to beat the competition while the 918 Spyder helped us believe in a hybrid future where cars can be absurdly quick and good to the environment too.

Porsche 959: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

Porsche’s first supercar was the Porsche 959 and was in production 1986 to 1993. The car was initially developed to function solely as a B rally car. When it was introduced in 1986, the Porsche 959 was immediately identified as the world’s fastest street-legal production car. The twin-turbocharged supercar was capable of producing a top speed of 197 miles per hour and zero to sixty was under 4 seconds (in 1987 in Sports trim). Production ended in 1988 with a total of 292 Porsche 959’s rolling off the assembly line.

Porsche 911 GT1: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

Homologated roadgoing street version of the 1997 911 GT1 race car, this 544 bhp beast was a spectacular performer. With a 3,163 cc twin-turbocharged dual overhead cam horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with sequential multipoint fuel injection, six-speed manual rear- transaxle, four-wheel independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel disc brakes it was a race car for the road. Capable of 192 mph and 3.6-second 0–60 mph sprints, journalists noted “The 911 GT1 is a racing car tuned for road use, not vice versa.”

Porsche Carrera GT: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

In the mid-2000’s Porsche introduced the world to the its mid-engine supercar. The development of the Porsche Carrera GT began with the 911 GT1 and some of the technologies being developed by Porsche’s racing division in the late nineties. The Carrera GT was powered by a 5.7- liter v10 engine that produced 603 horsepower. Performance was insane, with 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph (330 km/h). The only available transmission was a six-speed manual.

Porsche 918: 0-60 MPH, 1/4 Mile & Top Speed

Simply stated, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a mid-engined, plug-in hybrid hypercar. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter v8 engine that was capable of producing 608 horsepower (453 kw). Paired with this engine are two electric motors that deliver an additional 279 horsepower each, for a cumulative combined total of 887 horsepower. 0-60 mph is over in just 2.3 seconds and 0-100 mph in a barely believable 4.9 seconds. How about 0-180 mph (0-290 km/h) time of just 17.5 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph. The ultimate Porsche… so far.

The Disclosures

Dear reader, please take into consideration that the Porsche performance numbers and data listed above are gathered from a number of credible sources and websites, including company press releases, magazine and websites tests, . However, there are several factors that affect a car’s 0-60 time or quarter mile stats and different sources may test the same car and clock different times. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any Porsche figures.