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2016 Porsche 911 KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 8.2 / 10
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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 2/26/2016

For over a half-century, the Porsche 911 has set the standard for performance, elegance and excitement. From the Chevy Corvette to newcomers like the Jaguar F-Type, all owe a little bit of their existence to the 911. Rather than starting every few years with a clean slate, the 2016 Porsche 911 coupe, targa and cabriolet continue the long tradition of evolving the iconic design. This mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) masterpiece delivers exceptional handling, powerful straight-line performance and unparalleled civility. The 911 is available in a wide range of trims and powertrain choices ranging from the $85,000 Carrera to the nearly $200,000 Turbo S cabriolet.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2016 Porsche 911 is the perfect performance car, as adept at telegraphing the road to the driver as it is his or her status in life to the world. Power, handling, styling and exclusivity, Porsche’s 911 checks every box of importance to the well-off enthusiast.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the 911 is quite magnificent in every respect, you can derive nearly equal satisfaction from any number of less expensive performance cars including the Jaguar F-Type, Chevrolet Corvette, Lexus RC F and even the Porsche Cayman.

What's New for 2016

2016 sees the addition of two more trims: the 911 Targa GTS and the 911 GT3 RS. Everything else carries over unchanged.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Placing a car’s engine over the rear axle complicates the weight-and-balance reality beyond comprehension. So naturally Porsche engineers relish the challenge. Having the engine behind the driver has always allowed the 911 to make rapid directional changes while simultaneously increasing the risk of setting the car into a tailspin. Over the years, Porsche has managed to lessen this rather undesirable side effect without diminishing the 911’s handling and performance attributes. Porsche’s 2016 911 is responsive, quick and communicative, inspiring more spirited driving maneuvers. As fun as the 911 is to race around a track, it’s also a very comfortable daily driver. Be it the 350-horsepower Carrera or the mighty Turbo S, there’s always the feeling of exhilaration when driving this car. The 7-speed twin-clutch PDK automatic transmission is a joy to operate and makes driving a 911 in congested traffic much less exhausting than when equipped with the 7-speed manual.

Favorite Features

The number of options and custom tailored features offered on the 911 is nearly infinite. Be it carbon-ceramic brakes, the Burmester audio system or color-keyed seatbelts, dash vents and trim pieces. You can even pick custom colors for the paint and fabric, but none of it comes cheap.

The 7-speed PDK transmission may just be the best automatic transmission made today. The PDK operates like a normal automatic or can be shifted manually by either tapping the shift lever or operating the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Test your manual-transmission shifting skills against this automatic and you’ll lose every time.

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