Interior controls are now much simpler than in previous 911s, and items like navigation, Bluetooth, an iPod interface and cooled seats help make this sports car a viable daily driver. Is there a more recognizable sports car on the planet? In any 911, the ride can be tough and not at all pliant-the price paid of all relatively compact sports cars with huge tires. The steering wheel's core structure is an expensive magnesium alloy, which saves weight. With reasonable attention, a driver can put the 911's front tires within a fraction of an inch of the intended target, whether that target is the apex of a curve on a racetrack or a stripe painted on a public road. The rear end also features a tall fixed spoiler and two ram-air scoops on the decklid.
It's easy to shift, with fairly short throws. Yet very little at Porsche is done strictly for the sake of appearance. The side mirrors are designed to direct air along the sides of the car toward the automatically deploying rear spoiler, sweeping the side windows clean in the process. There's not much luggage space for two people going on a long trip, however, so you have to pack light. Driving Impressions Driving a Porsche 911 is a thrill.
Though muted during normal driving, it roars to life when provoked, emitting a wild yelp that tells anyone in the area to look out. They gain most of the same improvements made to the Carreras last year, along with additional performance enhancements. Porsche tempts with a choice of turbo and nonturbo flat-six engines; dual-clutch and manual transmissions; and rear- or all-wheel drive. Horsepower peaks at 345 hp at 6500 rpm, while peak torque is 288 pound-feet at 4400 rpm. It is the classic 911. Enthusiast drivers often don't like high-tech steering gizmos like variable-ratio steering.
In a Boxster and in many other sports cars, we'd be sawing at the wheel to keep the car pointed. With standard features like a navigation system with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, memory for the seats and mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, additional front seat power adjustments, and Bose audio, buyers will be perfectly comfortable while piloting their full-on sports cars. It rolls on, like a Mustang, confident in merely refining its classic shape, year after year. The latest-generation model, designated 997, is the best ever. Interior Design and Special Features Build quality is exceptional in the 2010 Porsche 911. In part because there is no engine up front, the hood sits lower than the rounded fenders. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the Porsche 911, while all-wheel drive is included on Carrera 4 and Targa models.
Our certified sales professionals, the most highly trained service technicians in the industry and an ongoing commitment to customer care make the Porsche ownership experience entirely unique and enjoyable. Yet the great thing about the 911 is that it doesn't beat you up in mundane driving situations. The Bose audio package is above average, though most high-end cars offer more modern and more powerful optional systems. Vehicle Details Interior appointments are acceptably luxurious given the 911's premium status with an overall cabin design carried over unchanged from the previous model year. The Carrera S gets a 3. Use them for luggage-there's also a weekend-bag space under the front hood-and you'll be able to take it on a couples' vacation.
If it sounds like we're bowing to the sacred cow of the 2010 Porsche 911, you'd be right. When driving these cars on a racetrack, we were able to tell how close the front tires were to losing their grip by feedback through the steering column. We did notice some body shake in the Cabriolet, especially over bumps. Also, the original, suggested maintenance intervals may be insufficient to prevent wheel hub failure. Slam the 911's gas pedal down at any road or engine speed, and the response is immediate and enormous. Given this excellent performance, you'd only need the optional ceramic composite brakes if you frequent high-performance driving events. Porsche has been able to strike that balance and all of the variants are terrific-looking sports cars.
There is noticeably less body roll in the Sport mode when going around corners. Cabriolet versions are fitted with an impressively snug top and equipped with a heated glass rear window. Just look at that Pros and Cons list above. Dual front airbags, front side airbags, and antilock brakes come standard, along with a tire-pressure monitoring system. The most notable interior updates include optional ventilated seats and a revised audio system with a simpler design and intuitive new touch-screen interface.
The 911 just steers better than any sports car, period. The headlights, which are bi-xenons, retain the classic round shape. Yet Porsche's variable system works just fine. It comes in Carrera White, Aqua Blue Metallic or Grey Black, each with either Guards Red or White Gold Metallic accent colors and graphics. Bodystyles: Coupe, convertible, targa Engines: 3. In any 911, the ride can be tough and not at all pliant-the price paid of all relatively compact sports cars with huge tires. The Carrera and Carrera 4 are powered by Porsche's 3.
Slam on the brakes and the 911 stops in less distance than just about any car on the road with very little nose dive. Other Sports Cars to Consider Shoppers in the market for a should also consider the. All 911s have wheels at least 18 inches in diameter, and all are equipped with Z-rated tires, the highest speed rating available for street use. Engine, oil consumption, electrical problems! No matter which model you're piloting, the brilliantly responsive 911 keeps the neural, connected feel it's always had-even in cars fitted with active suspension dampers oil-pressurized, computer-controlled shocks-they're standard on S and Turbo versions, and available on 911. The Carrera S Powerkit ups the ante to 408 hp.
The Targa offers a clear roof that slides back inside the rear of the car with the press of a button, giving the driver a superb top-down experience. Balance and overall performance is extraordinary. Blipping the throttle and downshifting in a 911 is an absolute joy. Still, the slowest 911 Targa 4 will pass 60 mph in 5. With the Launch Control feature in the Sport Chrono Package Plus, 0 to 60 mph takes only 3. It's stout, and it needs to be for all this power.