1972 Porsche 911



In 1972 a tremendous effort was made to improve the handling of the 911

The 1972 911 Porsche consisted of the same models of 911 as 1971, the entry level T, the midrange E and the top-of-the line S. However, all models got a new, larger 2,341 cc engine. This is universally known as the "2.4L" engine, despite its displacement being closer to 2.3 liters. The new power ratings were 130 hp, or 140 hp in the U.S., for the T, 165 hp for the E and 190 hp for the S.  

The 911E and 911S used mechanical fuel injection in all markets. The 911T was still using a carb, except in the US where it also used MFI, which accounts for the 9 hp power difference between the two.

With the power and torque increases, the 2.4 L cars also got a newer, stronger transmission identified by its Porsche type number 915. Derived from the transmission in the Porsche 908 race car, the 915 did away with the 901/911 transmission's "dog-leg" style first gear arrangement, opting for a traditional H pattern with first gear up to the left, second gear underneath first, etc.

In 1972 a tremendous effort was made to improve the handling of the 911. Due to the 911's unusual engine placement (rear-mounted, with most of the vehicle's weight concentrated over the rear axle) early 911's were prone to over steer when driven at the limit, and could easily spin in the hands of an inexperienced driver. In an attempt to remedy this, Porsche relocated the oil tank from its position behind the right rear wheel to in front of it.

911S models also gained a discreet spoiler under the front bumper to improve high-speed stability. With the cars weight only 2315 lb, these are often regarded as the best classic mainstream 911s.

Except for a small chin spoiler on the 911S (offered as an option on the other two models) and the "2.4" badge on the deck lid's air intake, the '72 911s were visually almost indistinguishable from the '71s.

Production Numbers

911S Coupe 3,160
911S Targa 1,894
Total Production (1972 - 1973) 5,054

Performance Specs

Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
911T 2.4L Mechanical F/I 140 at 5600 rpm 148 lb-ft at 4200 7.0 sec 15.1 sec
911E 2.4L Mechanical F/I 165 at 6200 rpm 160 lb-ft at 4500 - -
911S 2.4L Mechanical F/I 190 at 6500 rpm 164 lb-ft at 4500 - -


  • 5-Speed Manual
  • Special Order Automatic

Paint & Colors


Light Ivory
Albert Blue
Kelly Green
Bahia Red
Light Yellow
Signal Yellow
Sepia Brown



OEM Brochures

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