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2010 Porsche 911

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2010 Porsche 911 Review

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In the world of premium sports cars, few names stand as strong as the Porsche 911. The rear-engine rear-drive icon has dazzled performance-driving fans around the world since it was introduced in 1964. With so much of the Porsche mystique tied to the success of the 911, it is understandable that changes to the model tend to be subtle and deliberate. The current generation 911, internally dubbed the 997, was revised both visually and mechanically in 2009 and carries on for 2010 with no changes. Available in coupe, convertible or glass-roof Targa body styles, the 911 carries on as one of the most recognizable desireable performance cars currently sold.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Porsche 911 if you want an iconic sports car that is fast, looks good and will continue to do so years into the future.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the Porsche 911 if edgy design or flashy technology lights your fire. The 911's evolutionary design may strike younger buyers as stodgy compared to competitors like the technology-focused and competitively-priced Nissan GT-R.

What's New for 2010

No major changes to the Porsche 911 for 2010.

Driving the 911

Driving Impressions Part of the mystique surrounding the Porsche 911 is based on its reputation as a fast car with a tendency to catch inexperienced drivers off-guard. Whatever fickleness might have been...

exhibited by previous generations is absent in the current 911. On the race track the Porsche 911 is a supremely controllable car that rewards more experienced drivers without intimidating those with less experience. Handling limits are high, there is excellent stability at high speeds and the brakes deliver arrester hook-like stopping power. Acceleration is strong in both Carrera and Carrera S trims and the optional PDK transmission actually helps deliver faster acceleration than manual-equipped cars. All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models provide improved traction in slippery conditions albeit at the cost of slightly slower acceleration. Despite its on-track excellence the 911 is actually quite drivable on the streets, providing a reasonably plush ride during long stints on the highway.

PDK Transmission
The proper name for the 911's optional twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission is Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. Simply called PDK here in America, it offers the direct feel and control of a manual but with quicker shifts than any driver could achieve. With all the best traits of an automatic and a manual transmission, without the need for a clutch pedal, we'd think twice about passing up the PDK.

Touch-screen audio system
The Porsche 911's intuitive new touch-screen interface makes controlling the audio system or a connected MP3 player far easier than the confusing array of buttons found in previous models.

2010 Porsche 911 Details
Interior

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 most notable interior updates include optional ventilated seats and a revised audio system with a simpler design and intuitive new touch-screen interface. The latest generation continues the 911's tradition of including four seats but only enough room to comfortably accommodate two passengers. The modest rear seats are best used to hold whatever luggage doesn't fit in the decent-sized front trunk.

Exterior

From its round headlights and inset hood, to its long sloping roofline and pronounced rear fenders, few cars possess as distinct a shape as the Porsche 911. To help retain the 911's timeless design, changes from generation to generation tend to be subtle, with mid-cycle refreshes like those made last year often noticed by only the most dedicated Porsche-philes. The 2010 911 features bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, LED tail lights and large front air intakes. Buyers can still choose between coupe, cabriolet and Targa body styles, the latter of which features an expansive retractable glass sunroof.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Among the Porsche 911's standard features are bi-xenon headlights with washers, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, power accessories, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a nine-speaker audio system with 6.5-inch touch screen display. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability and traction controls, tire pressure monitoring and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

There are numerous options available to outfit the Porsche 911 including rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, heated/ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, sport seats and an audio interface with auxiliary and USB inputs. Adding to the already impressive performance of the 911 are an optional limited-slip differential, PDK twin-clutch transmission, active suspension management, and an extremely pricey $8,150 ceramic composite brake system. Buyers looking to enhance the look of their car can choose from a host of wheel designs, exterior paint colors and interior leather and trim options.

Under the Hood

Last year's engines in the 911 Carrera and Carrera S were redesigned, increasing horsepower by 20 and 30 respectively. Both models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission or Porsche's optional PDK twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. Zero-to-sixty acceleration times vary from 4.7 seconds in a manual-transmission equipped Carrera to 4.3 seconds in the Carrera S with the PDK. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the Porsche 911, while all-wheel drive is included on Carrera 4 and Targa models.

3.6-liter Boxer-6
345 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 manual, 19/27 PDK

3.8-liter Boxer-6
385 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque a@ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 manual, 19/26 PDK

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2010 Porsche 911 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 40 Ratings for the 2009 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Best car on the road

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great looking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my third 911, and this one is absolutely the best. I commute every day in this car and it is great at high speeds and even at lower speeds during my commute. I am totally spoiled driving this car and can't imagine driving any car other than a 911."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car but not an everyday driver on my commute

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"love the way it handles when it can breathe, not comfortable around town. Too jumpy and harsh. Interior could be more luxurious but I understand that is not what this car is about. I am amazed the included (well engineered) cup holders."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Bucket list

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Simply the greatest driving car money can buy."

Cons: "Sucks mass quantities of fossil fuels."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Everyone should own a 911 in their lifetime! What a joy to drive, powerfull, agile, the true drivers car. Not practical, but who cares? Cruising up a winding mountain road is the greatest joy in driving, love this car."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Hard to beat

By on Thursday, January 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fast, furious"

Cons: "bluetooth works for phone connection, not music"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my 3rd 911 and must say that it is the best I've had. Great power and insane handling. I average 20+ MPG with "spirited" driving."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Absolutely the best driver's car on the market.

By on Saturday, May 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, acceleration, brakes, build quality"

Cons: "Haven't found any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have wanted a GT3 since they were first introduced. I came close to purchasing one on several occasions. I was concerned about how heavy the clutch might be for daily driving. As it turns out it is not an issue and I now use the car as a daily driver. The car puts a smile on my face every time I see it. It's puts a grin on my face every time I start it. It reminds me that it doesn't get any better every time I drive it. I almost always look for the long way home. Fantastic build quality with one of the best drive trains on the market."

20 people out of 34 found this review helpful

AN outstanding performance vehicle

By on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast reliable super car"

Cons: "?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned 17 porsches over a 40 year period and there is one constant, they just keep getting better and better. My first turbo Porsche was a 1986, and I have owned every 911 turbo model since, and this 2011 turbo S is the most capable and fastest of the group while remaining a reliable day to day driver. I have also owned many non turbo "911" models and I feel the Turbo models have the edge on reliability also. I have raced them and I have pushed them to there limits and have yet to see one fail. True super cars that are happy to be driven every day, and not have reliability issues."

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