By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 4/11/2011
The 2011 Porsche 911 remains an icon of the sports car world. While Porsche continues to probe into other market segments, the 911 remains, first and foremost, a pure and unequivocal sports car. Porsche is expected to reveal the next-generation 911 soon, but that doesn't mean the current version of the vehicle offers anything less than impressive performance. For 2011, Porsche has rolled in new levels of standard equipment on both 911 and 911 Turbo models.You'll Like This Car If...
Few brands command the kind of respect on and off the track as Porsche, and for good reason. Both the Porsche 911 and 911 Turbo offer excellent performance with style to match.You May Not Like This Car If...
Porsche has notoriously taken few risks in the design of the 911, and the look may not be fresh enough for everyone. At the same time, large wheels and LED daytime running lights may be seen by long-time fans as gimmicks. And, it's expensive.What's Significant About This Car?
The biggest news for the base 911 and its Turbo sibling is that buyers can now enjoy Bluetooth hands-free calling and a universal audio interface for a variety of MP3 players as standard equipment. Those convenience features were previously cost options.Driving It Driving Impressions
The Porsche 911 had a reputation as a fast car that could catch inexperienced and over-enthusiastic (and irresponsible) drivers off-guard. But whatever fickleness might have been exhibited by previous generations has been routed from the current 911. On the race track the Porsche 911 is a supremely controllable car that rewards more experienced drivers while simultaneously encouraging novices behind the wheel. Handling limits are high and stability at the upper limits of the speedometer is all you might reasonably expect. The brakes are powerful and as good as it gets in feel and fade-resistance. Acceleration is strong in both Carrera and Carrera S trims and the optional PDK transmission actually helps deliver faster acceleration than available with 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 livable on public streets, providing a reasonably plush ride during long stints on the highway.Favorite Features
The proper name for the optional twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission in the 911 and 911 Turbo is Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. Simply called PDK here in America, it offers the direct feel and control of a manual with quicker shifts than any driver could achieve. With all the best traits of an automatic and a manual transmission and without the need for a clutch pedal, we'd think twice about passing up 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.