The naming of all Porsche models increasingly called for flexibility. The example of the 911 is a case in point: with the 1968 model year, the 911 model line received the internal designation A Series for the first time. The B Series followed in 1969, the C Series in 1970, and so on down to the redesigned G Series, which premiered in 1973. Special models within the model line additionally received their own type numbers, for example the 911 Turbo (Type 930) and the 911 SC/RS (Type 954).
A major turning point in the history of the 911 came in 1988 with the completely redesigned 964 model series. The 993 followed in 1993. Then the 996, 997, and finally back to the 991. Between the internal numbers of the 911, there were also other models, such as the Carrera GT (internally, 980), the Boxster (986 in the first generation, 987 in the second, and 981 in the third), and the Cayenne (955). The tradition of the three-digit type numbers, then, continues in its classic fashion—albeit with a certain creative freedom.
But now the names Boxster and Cayman are giving way to a new number code from the legendary nomenclature—the 718. With the model change, the mid-engine sports cars will now be called the 718 model line. A code that follows in the tracks of a legend, translated for a new era. The logic behind the change is clear: two-door Porsches bear the numbers 718, 911, and 918 (as well as affixes such as Carrera, Boxster, Cayman, Spyder, or Targa). Models with four doors receive names: Cayenne, Macan, Panamera. Charming intelligence.
Author Dieter Landenberger
Photographers Frank Kayser, Julius Weitmann