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Porsche 911

Better than ever.

The 911 is all-new and, no surprise, is very good. The longer wheelbase all but irons out the rear-engine snappiness that earlier 911s were known for, and the already posh interior gains a high-tech center console and optional eighteen-way power seats. A smaller-displacement base engine, a lighter body, automatic stop/start, freewheeling technology, electric power steering, and seven-speed manual and automatic transmissions collectively improve efficiency by up to sixteen percent. At the same time, power climbs 5 hp on the Carrera and 15 hp on the Carrera S. That added horsepower, combined with a weight reduction of between 65 and 100 pounds (depending on trim), yields minor improvements in acceleration to 60 mph, to 4.5 and 4.3 seconds, respectively. More important, the snarling flat-sixes remain raw-sounding and responsive. The new 911 cabriolet incorporates all those improvements and adds a folding roof that’s composed of four cloth-covered magnesium panels. The design provides nearly coupe levels of refinement but is still much lighter and takes up less space than a folding hard top. Some Porsche purists worry that these improvements sap the 911 driving experience of some of its distinct, visceral appeal. For most enthusiasts, the faster, more efficient, more luxurious 911 offers little downside.

COMPETITORS

Audi R8

Chevrolet Corvette

Jaguar F-type

Nissan GT-R

new for 2013

Porsche’s staggered rollout of the new 911 continues with the all-wheel-drive C4 and C4S. The Turbo variants remain on the old platform for now.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, side curtain, and knee air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction control, and stability control, which can be disabled but will still intervene if you brake hard enough to activate ABS.

MPG

CITY 16–20

HWY 24–28

PRO

More refined than ever

Superb handling

Many choices and options

CON

Options can be pricey

New steering isn’t as communicative as the old car’s

Base Price Range: $83,050–$173,050

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: Carrera, Carrera S, Cabriolet, Cabriolet S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa 4, Targa 4S, Carrera GTS, Carrera 4 GTS, Black Edition, Turbo, Turbo S

BODY STYLES: Coupe, convertible, 2+2-passenger

ENGINES: 3.4L flat-6, 350/400 hp, 287/325 lb-ft

3.8L twin-turbo flat-6, 500/530 hp, 480/516 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6- or 7-speed manual, 7-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A

CARGO SPACE: 4.7–5.5 cu ft

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