This latest-generation Porsche 911 does everything better than the pre-2012 models. You might find something faster for the price, but it's difficult to find anything that comes close to the pure driving pleasure of this classic sportscar.
Paul Eisenstein filed this report after his test drive of the 911 Carrera S in Southern California. With Laura Burstein reporting from Los Angeles and Mitch McCullough reporting from New York.
Model Line Overview
Porsche 911 Carrera coupe ($84,300), Carrera 4 coupe ($91,030), Carrera cabriolet ($96,200); Carrera S coupe ($98,900); Carrera 4 cabriolet ($102,930); Carrera 4S coupe ($105,630); Carrera S cabriolet ($110,800); Carrera 4S Cabriolet ($117,530); Turbo ($137,500); Turbo S ($160,700)
6-speed manual; 7-speed manual; 7-speed automatic PDK with paddle-shifters
Safety equipment (standard):
6 airbags; Porsche Stability Management with ABS, EBD, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, ASR, EDTC, ABD; front-belt pre-tensioners and force limiters; tire pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):
all-wheel drive; rearview camera
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Porsche 911 Carrera S ($98,900)
leather seats with Alcantara inserts, two-zone automatic climate control, three-spoke leather-wrapped wheel with power tilt/telescope, AM/FM/CD/MP3 235-watt, 9-speaker audio system with iPod audio, navigation with LCD, Bluetooth hands-free phone, remote entry alarm, 18-way power seats
Options as tested (MSRP):
PDK transmission ($4,080); upgraded black leather interior ($3,690); Sports exhaust ($2,950); self-dimming mirrors ($420); seat heaters ($690); Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control ($3,160); Porsche crest wheel caps ($185); Park Assist, front and rear ($990); Sport Chrono Package ($2,370); power sunroof ($1,490); power steering plus ($270); Bose Audio Package with satellite and HD radio ($2,120); electric folding side mirrors ($320)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
rear-engine, rear-wheel drive
3.8-liter horizontally opposed-6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
400 @ 7400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
325 @ 5600
7-speed automatic DPK
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
4.8 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, monotube dampers, active stabilizer bar
independent, multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, active stabilizer bar
245/35ZR20 front, 295/30ZR20 rear
ventilated cross-drilled cast-iron discs with 6-piston calipers/ventilated cross-drilled cast-iron discs with 4-piston calipers
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 01, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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