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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

As the unique and premier sports car in the world, the 2018 Porsche 911 is an automotive and cultural icon. Just as it has since the mid-1960s, it remains the German automaker’s flagship, its showcase for style, technology and ultimate performance. Today the new Porsche 911 is available in three body styles and eight distinct models, some with all-wheel drive and powerful turbocharged 6-cylinder engines, which are mounted in the rear. While most sports cars only seat two, the Porsche 911 has a small back seat that is surprisingly useful, as well as a sizable front trunk or “frunk.” Prices start around $92,000 for a 911 Carrera Coupe with 370 horsepower and top out at almost $295,000 for the 700-horsepower 911 GT2 RS. The 911 competes with the Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, Aston Martin Vantage, Mercedes-AMG GT, as well as supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for an exotic sports car that makes a statement and always says the right thing, you’ll like the 2018 Porsche 911. With a unique blend of speed, technology, refinement, timeless style, exceptional build quality and daily practicality, many feel the Porsche 911 is the best all-around sports car in the world.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for the absolute most speed for the money, the Porsche 911 doesn’t deliver. Chevy’s Corvette, which has been the 911’s rival for over 50 years, delivers similar performance as the Porsche at a radical discount. The new Corvette ZR1 even packs 755 horsepower, which dwarfs the 911’s max output.

What's New for 2018

For the numbers players, the 911 GT2 RS harnesses 700 horsepower. All 2018 Porsche 911 models now come with free scheduled maintenance for the first year. Carrera S and 4S models can now be ordered with a Powerkit that bumps power from 420 horsepower to 450 horsepower.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2018 Porsche 911 is fast enough to get you arrested anywhere in the world, but comfortable enough to be driven every single day. Last year Porsche replaced its naturally aspirated engines with twin-turbo versions that deliver even greater thrust and improved fuel efficiency. Sure the purist porschefisti protested, but the benefits are undeniable and the engines sound as sexy as they should. A 7-speed manual transmission is available in most models, but the 7-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic is really the way to go, thanks to its lightning-quick shifts and easy drivability. The standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system uses active dampers to both smooth out the ride and tackle corners, without compromising its famous precision. Optional rear-wheel steering helps to both increase maneuverability in parking lots while improving stability at high speeds. And the Sport Chrono package includes a Drive Mode Selector on the steering wheel to select different performance settings. The 700-horsepower 911 GT2 RS is the quickest 911, accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Favorite Features

Although the Porsche 911 is less prone to scraping over driveways and speed bumps than other cars in this class, it’s still a low-slung sports car. This optional hydraulic system, which costs $2,590, raises the front axle 1.5 inches at the push of a button to increase ground clearance at speeds up to 37 mph.

The power of Porsche brakes is legendary, but this optional system is the ultimate and it’s one of the 911’s most expensive options at $8,520. It’s worth it. Porsche replaces the 911’s cast-iron brake rotors with larger cross-drilled and vented carbon-fiber-reinforced units, which are almost impossible to overheat, even on the racetrack.

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