Review

Porsche 911 coupe

Price  £73,509 - £150,237

Porsche 911 coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Hugely rewarding to drive
  • Supercar performance
  • Iconic design
Cons
  • High list price
  • Expensive options
  • Not hugely exclusive

At a glance

The greenest
Carrera Coupe 2dr £73,509
The cheapest
Carrera Coupe 2dr £73,509
The fastest
Turbo S 2dr £142,120
Top of the range
Turbo S GB Edition 2dr £150,237

"The latest Porsche 911 Carrera is lighter, lower and faster than the previous model, but also manages to be more comfortable."

One of the longest-running models of sports car in existence, the latest Porsche 911, which Porsche calls the 991, features a lower roof, more bulbous headlights and sharper rear lights. It's faster and more composed than ever, yet it also boasts impressive efficiency and surprising practicality.

The engine range has been changed since the previous model, with the standard Carrera model's 3.6-litre six-cylinder replaced by a smaller 3.4-litre that's more efficient but produces more power – 345bhp.

The 3.8-litre in the Carrera S now produces 394bhp, although both engines offering seriously impressive performance, particularly when paired with the Porsche PDK twin-clutch automatic gearbox. Most owners will go or this and we think it's best option, but Porsche also offers a seven-speed manual gearbox – the first of its kind in a production car.

Move up the 911 range and you’ll find the lightweight, track-focused 911 GT3 version, as well as the more powerful Turbo and Turbo S models – but in all honesty the ‘basic’ Carrera will be more than enough for most. The GTS model, which sits somewhere between the Carrera and the GT3, completes the line-up.

As well as changes to the engine, the latest 911 boasts an interior that has received a major makeover inspired by the Porsche Panamera saloon. All 911s get leather upholstery as standard, with some of the more powerful models featuring some suede-like Alcantara fabric for a sportier look.

The Porsche 911 is deservedly considered to be one of the finest performance cars you can buy. It combines impressive straight-line speed with handling and road-holding that make driving it an absolute pleasure. It's comfortable when you need it to be, yet balanced and agile at speed, while the feedback that comes through the steering wheel makes you feel at one with the car.

Although 911 options can be eye-wateringly expensive, even the entry-level Carrera model is well equipped and beautifully finished. The car is relatively practical for a sports coupe, too.

The standard Carrera is an excellent car, but we’d highly recommend the 911 GTS if you can stretch to it. Although expensive, it represents good value thanks to extra options, styling upgrades, improved handling and increased performance compared to the Carrera S on which it's based. What's more, if residual values of the previous-generation 911 GTS are anything to go by, then the car will retain almost all of the premium you pay for it over the Carrera S.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

All Porsche 911 models are powerful but entry-level models can still return 31mpg

Engines, drive & performance

5 / 5

The Porsche 911 offers an almost peerless driving experience with precise steering and plenty of power

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

The new interior of the Porsche 911 increases comfort levels, while even the GT3 model is a capable cruiser

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

The Porsche 911 is easy to live with but lacks luggage space

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Porsche 911 feels solidly built but owners have reported some reliability issues

What the others say

4.8 / 5
based on 2 reviews
5 / 5
The most significant alterations include a 100mm longer wheelbase, a wider front track, a 20mm lower roofline and a 40kg weight reduction. The weight saving comes courtesy of the fact that the new body mixes aluminium panels with ultra-stiff steel subframes.
4.5 / 5
Many colours are available, but all will be green(er). Aluminum bodyshell content rises to 45 percent now that the roof, floor, doors, bonnet, front wings, and forward crash box are all alloy. That holds the kerbweights down to just under those of the previous model.
What owners say 
4.4785714285714
4.5 /5 based on 98 reviews
84%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
3 Mar 2015
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