After half a century in existence, the Porsche 911's profile is iconic and its handling has set the benchmark for a legion of rivals that range from the venerable
Chevrolet Corvette to up-and-comers like the
Jaguar F-Type. Over the years, Porsche has taken evolutionary vs. revolutionary steps, gradually increasing the capability and civility of this rear-engine
convertible. The approach has paid off, with today's 911 boasting exceptional performance and refinement. Now encompassing nearly 20 models, the
2015 Porsche 911 selection spans from the "base" $85,000 rear-wheel-drive Carrera coupe to the nearly $200,000 Turbo S all-wheel-drive cabriolet. There are a dizzying amount of 911s to keep track of, so here's a breakdown of models and their base prices. No matter which you choose, you'll get an iconic sports car with power and provenance.
Porsche 911 Carrera, starting at $85,295
This "base" 911 is still a world-class sports car. Powered by a 350-horsepower 3.4-liter flat-6 engine, it can hit 0-60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4, starting at $92,025
The "4" represents all-wheel drive, which enhances traction. Otherwise this model uses the same powertrain as the base Carrera.
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, starting at $97,195
All the goodness of the Carrera coupe, but in open-air convertible form.
Porsche 911 Carrera S, starting at $99,895
The "S" signifies more power and a larger 6-cylinder engine, in this case 400 horsepower from 3.8 liters.
Porsche 911 Targa 4, starting at $102,595
The Targa has a sophisticated system that automatically tucks the mid-portion of the roof behind the fixed-glass rear window. This base Targa comes with all-wheel drive and the 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter engine.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, starting at $103,925
This 911 marries all-wheel drive for confidence in all seasons, and a convertible top to drop when those seasons are ripe for naturally breezy motoring.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, starting at $106,625
This 911 coupe adds all-wheel-drive performance to the additional power of the Carrera S.
Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, starting at $111,795
The more-powerful Carrera S in rear-wheel-drive, convertible form.
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, starting at $115,195
The newest member of the 911 family extracts yet more horsepower – 430 – from the naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter engine and boasts other performance hardware.
Porsche 911 Targa 4S, starting at $117,195
This Targa variant boasts the more powerful 3.8-liter 6-cylinder of the S models and all-wheel drive.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, starting at $118,525
The extra horsepower of the S models, the all-wheel-drive system of the 4, and the soft-top convertible of a Porsche 911 Cabriolet, all wrapped in one vehicle.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, starting at $121,895
This 911 model adds all-wheel drive to the more potent, 430-horsepower 3.8-liter engine.
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, starting at $127,095
Rear-wheel-drive GTS performance meets open-top cruising in this 911 variant.
Porsche 911 GT3, starting at $131,395
Made for the racetrack – but legal on the street – the GT3 boasts a 475-horsepower naturally aspirated 3.8-liter engine, track-ready chassis, and high-performance hardware. This is a hard-core 911 for those who'd take the Nurburgring over Rodeo Drive.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, starting at $133,795
All-wheel-drive traction, GTS power and a convertible top make this new 911 another standout.
Porsche 911 Turbo, starting at $152,095
With one magic word – "turbo" – the 911 becomes a supercar. Applied to its 3.8-liter 6-cylinder, the 911 Turbo unleashes 520 horsepower and grants 0-60 mph blasts in as little as three seconds flat. All-wheel drive and a PDK automatic transmission are standard.
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, starting at $163,995
All the joys of the 911 Turbo, in sun-worshipping form. Better hang on to your hat.
Porsche 911 Turbo S, starting at $183,695
Currently the most powerful 911, the Turbo S packs 560 glorious horsepower. Needless to say, its performance must be experienced to be believed.
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, starting at $195,595
The most powerful 911, now playing in open-air form. Also the most-expensive model in the 2015 911 lineup. Need we say more?