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2011 Porsche 911

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2011 Porsche 911 Review

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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 New for 2011

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 the 911
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.

PDK Transmission
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.

2011 Porsche 911 Details
Interior

With a complete generational change just around the corner, Porsche has kept the interior of the 911 and 911 Turbo identical to 2010 models. That is, buyers will still find interior appointments that are acceptably luxurious. Optional ventilated seats are available, as is an intuitive touch-screen based audio system. Inside, there's room for two adults and their coats, thanks to the traditional 2+2 seating configuration. We wouldn't recommend trying to subject anyone you like to the rear seats.

Exterior

Porsche is a company that trades heavily on its heritage, and that shines through in a purely positive way in the 911. It's clear that the design department prefers evolution over revolution, and the years have delivered a series of gradual changes that have culminated in the 2011 model. The logical progression carries round headlights, an inset hood, a sloping roof line and pronounced rear fenders (all carry-overs from 2010). Bi-xenon headlights, flashy LED daytime running lights and LED taillights all add a technological flair to a profile that can trace its roots all the way back to 1964.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Porsche 911 features bi-xenon headlights with washers, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, automatic climate control, cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a nine-speaker audio system with 6.5-inch touch screen display. Standard safety features include tire pressure monitoring, six airbags and Porsche's PSM electronic stability control, which includes the functions of anti-lock brakes and traction control. The Turbo model, in addition to its more powerful engine and other features, is fitted with 19-inch wheels and tires.

Optional Equipment

Buyers can outfit both the 911 and the 911 Turbo with a number of optional features, including rear parking sensors, auto dimming mirrors, heated seats, ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, sport seats and an audio interface with auxiliary and USB inputs. Additional performance is available thanks to an optional limited-slip differential and the company's PDK dual-clutch transmission and active suspension management. Those looking to take their vehicles to the track will likely want to choose the incredibly expensive ceramic composite brake system. A number of aesthetic options are also available, including wheel designs, paint colors and interior customization selections.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Porsche 911 delivers between 345 and 385 horsepower from either a 3.6-liter opposed-six-cylinder engine or a 3.8-liter opposed-six. While more than fast enough, the base 911 is trumped by the 500-horsepower turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine in the 911 Turbo. Both models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission or Porsche's optional PDK twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. Zero-to-sixty-mph acceleration times vary from 4.7 seconds in a manual transmission-equipped Carrera to 3.4 seconds in the 911 Turbo 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 Horizontally opposed-6
345 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (manual), 19/27 (PDK)

3.8-liter Horizontally opposed-6
385 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (manual), 19/26 (PDK)

3.8-liter Turbocharged Horizontally opposed-6
500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,950-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (manual), 17/25 (PDK)

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2011 Porsche 911 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2009 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Use it every day, winter and summer; great car.

By on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Excellent car for those who love to drive."

Cons: "Expensive"

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

My 911 4S during a ski trip up-state NY.

"I've owned this car for quite a few years now, I've been driving it pretty much every day. I use the car for pretty much everything: -cross country trips (e.g.: from California all the way up to Montreal Canada; from New York to Vancouver Canada; ...) -regular ski trips in Vermont and Canada (I have winter studded tires and a ski rack on the car) -trips up to Northern Canada (where many companies do winter vehicle testing); the car is out in the cold for a couple of weeks (no garage) in -40 temps -trips to Las Vegas ... during the hottest heath waves going through death valley ... -simple local shopping trips -commuting to work on a daily basis -drive my young nieces to activities ... -and lots more ... The car is great, I won't go in the details of how good it is. This car is truly one of my best purchases (I'm a 911 fan since a young age so getting into these cars early in life was important for me). As someone who puts these cars through their paces on the track, the road, in the mountains (summer and winter) and much more ... I want to point out the things I find ... important to know BEFORE you get yourself into one of these cars: -there is a distinct smell of oil in and around the car when you push it ever slightly (I love that smell; not my so for my dear-half) -the car is known to go through oil so make sure you have some extra handy and do check regularly -the car is lower than most vehicles so if you're end up driving in bad weather winter conditions (I easily do 12hr road trips during winter, regardless of the weather) know that you will get a lot of snow, slush, muck ... all over your windshield very often (on coming traffic or when passing rigs). You need to OK with the fact that you may not see anything for a second or two ... or three. -the rear spoiler raises automatically at a certain speed ... if it happens to be frozen down/shut you will hear it trying to raise and it sure doesn't sound good. In harsh winter conditions you should probably drive AND PARK the car with the spoiler up/out. -the wide tires can make this car surprise you in heavy rains (or snowfalls); if you're not the type to review and change your tires regularly you'll need to be extra careful in those conditions -the extra wide rear body (I have the 4S) easily gets scratched and damaged on the road (flying small debris like rocks tend to hit there) -the extra wide rear tires are awesome at catching nails and sharp things left on the road ... especially in/near construction sites; be ready to deal with flat tires -the /non-sport/ settings are not really meant for those who want a nice and soft ride. The car is a sports car ... it will easily shove you around (acceleration, turning, breaking or bumps on the road). You'll need to practice and be very accurate with the pedals (I have a manual transmission) and steering if you want the car to be smooth. -the 2 seats in the back are great for kids and smaller folks. I'm short so most normal folks can sit behind me when I'm driving but they obviously won't be as comfortable as sitting up-front Again, I think the car is great. The only reason I wouldn't be buying another one is because I'd be making the current one last beyond it's +120K miles."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

My 911 4S during a ski trip up-state NY.

A masterpiece of Teutonic design & engineering

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500

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
10/10

Pros: "Pricey, worth every $ IF you love sports cars"

Cons: "There is nothing I would change"

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

Fast, even when standing still

"The Carrera 911 S (997.2), is a masterfully designed and constructed sports car. It's esthetics are exceeded only by its impeccable manufacturing quality, attention to detail, handling and performance. If you are a true lover of cars and a student of the automobile, then you cannot help but hold this vehicle in highest regard. As a street car and sunday track car, it benefits from the multiple technology developments born from its enviable and impressive racing heritage. Owning the Porsche 911, however, should not be about possessing a costly prize, it should be about the pure joy of participating in the feloowship of the automobile and Porsche lovers everywhere."

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Fast, even when standing still

Toughest, fastest, safest car I've ever owned!

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Puts a smile on my face every time I crank it up!"

Cons: "Cup holders are puny, but who's drinking? Drive it"

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

A day at the Porsche Club's Autocross Course

"I bought my 2011 Carrera GTS new. I began to track it in 2012. I'm convinced there isn't another car on the market which would withstand the racecar type driving this car has, with no costs other than brakes and tires. All stock, the alcantara sport seats and wheel, the center hub knock off RS Spyder wheels, and the fire extinguisher bolted to the driver's seat make a regular guy like me think he's driving a real racecar. The three personalities of the car are cruiser (normal mode), spirited driver around town and on country roads (sport mode), and track mode (sport plus) where every gear must go to redline, and the shifts are less than 100 milliseconds. I also call these modes Burble, Blastoff, and Banshee."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

A day at the Porsche Club's Autocross Course

Everything I thought it would be.

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Expensive -- but worth it."

Cons: "No cons -- wife thinks it's too low. Wrong!"

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

"Excellent auto -- only thing I added is a rear view camera which was installed by my mechanic. In 100,000 miles only problem was a snapped transmission shifter cable. It was replaced in a day."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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."

13 people out of 21 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."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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