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The main difference between the Porsche 911 and 912 is the engine: the Porsche 911 has a 4-flat boxer engine, while the Porsche 912 has a 6-flat boxer engine. Another significant difference is price; the 911 model is more expensive than the 912 model.

Porsche is a German automaker with its headquarters in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. This manufacturer specializes in producing ironclad sports cars, SUVs, and sedans. Porsche has launched multiple car models, including the 911 (992), the 718 Boxster/Cayman, the Panamera, the Macan, the Cayenne, and the Taycan, all lineups of Porsche models. The early models of Porsche 911 and 912 have differences that generate more sales. The primary factor is the price of the Porsche 911 has high prices compared to Porsche 912.

What is the Porsche 911?

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First Generation Porsche Model

Porsche 911 is the early model of Porsche. The first Generation of this model started from 1963 to 1989. It had the most extended series of 911 models, starting from A to F, including and introduced the four cylinders 912 in 1965, which was more powerful than the 911S in 1966. Another feature introduced in 1967 is the removable-roof Targa, 911T, a detuned model (which became the 911L, and later on, it became 911E), the fierce 930 Turbo in 1975, the motorsport homologated Carrera RS in 1973, and the 911SC in 1978. Over the course of its first 26 years, the 911 increased in strength, length, displacement, and popularity, but significant alterations didn't start to materialize until 1989.

Porsche intended to sell its pricey and complex Carrera 2 as a larger, four-seater version of the 356, which it did. A brand-new air-cooled, OHC flat-six "boxer" engine is in the back of the vehicle and is paired with either a four-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed manual gearbox. The all-new automobile also boasts a new chassis with MacPherson struts, semi-trailing arms, and torsion bar springs. 

Porsche 911 initially introduced 128 Hp (Horsepower) from its 1991 cc engine hang a speed of 131 mph. The Porsche 911 series had five different engine options, ranging in size from 2.0 to 2.4 liters and, over the years, from 128 to 190 horsepower.

What is Porsche 912?

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Early Porsche 912 Model

Porsche 912 is an entry-level six-cylinders 911 coupe. The age of 912 starts from 1965 to 1969. The Porsche 912 has much different as compared to the 911. The purpose of developing the 912 is to cover the gap between the Porsche 356 and the 911. Because the 912 was less expensive and had less power than the 911 variant. Another big difference to introducing the Porsche 912 is to engage more customers and offer them less price. Customers run away when they hear about the Porsche 911 price.

The Porsche 912's four-cylinder engine, which was adapted from the Porsche 356, was considerably lighter than its six-cylinder. The 912 was better balanced than the 911 because it featured a lighter rear end, which reduced the propensity to oversteer. The 912 and 911 were nearly identical, save for the engine. The 912 thus proved to be highly well-liked at the time. Undoubtedly, the 912's mix of good looks, dependability, and affordability made it an appealing package for new and returning consumers.

Therefore, during the first few years of its manufacture, the Porsche 912 sold more units than the Porsche 911. It shows the significant difference between 911 and 912. Between 1965 and 1969, the Porsche 912 was grown independently of the more expensive six-cylinder, with about 32,000 vehicles produced. Porsche reportedly sold double quite so many 912s as the more potent 911 through 1967. Porsche's 912 was brought back in 1976, but this time as the 912E. After the 914 was discontinued, the 912E (Einspritzung) was created to fill the void as the entry-level Porsche.

Main Differences between the Porsche 911 & 912

Body Style

The Porsche 911 is a 2-door coupé (coupé its passenger seating capacity), 2-door Targa top (1966–89), and 2-door convertible. This type of body style is introduced with the passage of time and different price variants.

Porsche 912 only has a coupé (coupé passenger seating capacity) because Porsche 912 is cheap in price as compared to 911 models.


Porsche 911 introduced an air-cooled flat-6 engine in all its variants. Flat-six engine often referred to as a horizontally opposed-six, has three cylinders on each central crankshaft, making it a six-cylinder piston engine. The boxer-six engine is the most prevalent kind of flat-six engine in which each pair of opposing cylinders moves inward and outward simultaneously.

Porsche 912 introduced flat-4 air-cooled engines in its variant. The flat-four engine, also called a horizontally opposed-four engine, has two banks of cylinders that are positioned on either side of a single crankshaft. The boxer-four engine, which has four opposed pistons that rotate inward and outward simultaneously, is the most popular type of flat-four engine.


The early models of Porsche 911 introduce the 1991 cc engines, which are flat-6 air-cooled engines. While in 912 models, Porsche introduces 1582 cc flat-4 engines. 


The Porsche 911 engines are power full, so it has 182 mph speed because of Boxer six engine. While the Porsche 912 engine specification is less, it has a flat-4 engine having a 119 mph speed.

Comparison Chart of Porsche 911 & 912

AreaPorsche 911Porsche 912
Manufacturer / TypePorsche Sports carPorsche Sports car
Body Styles2-door coupé, 2-door Targa top (1966–89) 2-door convertible2-door coupé
EnginesFlat-6 engines & air-cooled engines in all variantsFlat-4 engines & air-cooled engines in all variants
Displacement1991 cc engines, in early models, Air-cooled1582 cc engines, in early models, Air-cooled
Oil Capacity 2.7 liters3.5 liters
Mileage23 mph18 mph
Curb Weight1480 kg950 kg
Fuel tank64 liters / 132 liters62 liters / 80 liters 


Which car model is more Popular, the Porsche 911 or the 912?

The Porsche 911 is more popular than the Porsche 912 because the 911 is constantly updated yearly. Like its interior, exterior, and also the engine power. On the contrary, the 912 models stopped in the late '90s. Although it is also successful if we talk about the overall sales, the Porsche 911 generates more sales.

Which car model has less fuel consumption between the Porsche 911 and 912?

The 912 was also far more fuel-efficient than the 911, which drew the brand's customers. The Porsche 912 offered a good compromise between the 356 and the 911 overall. Porsche's B-series, often known as the 911 and 912 variants, had their wheelbases extended in 1969 to increase stability.

Is Porsche 912 becoming rare?

Undoubtedly, many people have neglected the criticized 912 because they think of it as a slow, four-cylinder Porsche. With such a brief production run, the 912E was, in some ways, overlooked in the car industry.

Due to this, these Stuttgart classics' prices dropped drastically in contemporary classified ads. Few Porsches 911 classic buyers even used them as donor vehicles for parts. However, more fans of Porsche are becoming aware of the 912's simple charm and design inspiration.


Although each model has its specification, there are many significant differences between the Porsche 911 & 912. Compared to the Porsche 911, the Porsche 912 is relatively cheap. We talk about the new and latest production of both Porsche 911 and 912, so the 912 becomes rare if its production is not continued. However, on the contrary, the Porsche 911 has continued its manufacturing up till now.

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Nicolas Seignette, who holds a scientific baccalaureate, began his studies in mathematics and computer science applied to human and social sciences (MIASHS). He then continued his university studies with a DEUST WMI (Webmaster and Internet professions) at the University of Limoges before finishing his course with a professional license specialized in the IT professions. On 10Differences, he is in charge of the research and the writing of the articles concerning technology, sciences and mathematics.
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