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 and GT3 RS models, 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.