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2018 Porsche 911 KBB Expert Review

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In most sports cars you feel like you’re sitting on the floor, looking up at the world. Not in the 911. In the Porsche you sit upright, in a very natural driving position, with excellent visibility in all directions. It’s one of the reasons the Porsche 911 can be driven every day as well as comfortably cross-country. Build quality is exceptional. Some find the Porsche’s control layout a bit button-heavy, but you soon realize the ergonomics is simple and the controls are exactly where they should be, although Porsche still places the 911’s ignition to the left of the steering wheel, which takes some getting used to.

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Some people think the Porsche 911 has looked the same since 1965. Some people think this is a good thing. Some people think the evolution of the 911’s shape has created the most recognizable sports car in the world. As other supercars have become vulgar, often pornographic and at times caricatures of themselves, the new Porsche 911 remains simply aspirational. It’s a sexy machine with wide hips and a sinister stance, but retains an unmistakable understated elegance lost on the Porsche’s more radically styled competitors. It turns heads, but never draws a sneer. And the valet always keeps it up front.

Notable Standard Equipment

Along with the new turbocharged engines, every 2018 911 comes with Porsche Active Stability Management suspension and a year of scheduled maintenance. The 911 Carrera and Targa 4 and Turbo models offer all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard fare. There are also eight airbags, a wide array of electronic stability aids, and high-performance brakes comprising 4-piston calipers and 13-inch ventilated rotors. Other standard features on the new Porsche 911 include 4-way-power front seats with manual fore/aft adjustment, partial leather upholstery with a faux-suede headliner, xenon headlights for high and low beams, dual-zone climate control, new touch-screen LCD infotainment (with Apple CarPlay), and a 9-speaker audio system with USB input and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Notable Optional Equipment

It's not possible to get into every option available for the 2018 Porsche 911. There’s a rear-wheel steering system that enhances low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability, and a front-axle lift system that lifts the nose of the car 1.5 inches to clear low-speed obstacles like steep driveways. Other optional features include multi-adjustable ventilated front seats, 12-speaker Burmester audiophile system, ceramic-composite brakes, Sport Chrono package that includes launch-control programming (PDK transmission only) and overboost function, and Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which essentially eliminates body roll through a multitude of sensors and hydraulic motors while also providing a more compliant ride in normal driving conditions.

Under the Hood

The 911's classic flat-6 "boxer" engine comes in three sizes, but in different power outputs. The 911 S models get more power, while 911 4 models get all-wheel drive, unless it's already standard as it is on the 911 Turbos. It all breaks down like this: 370-horsepower 3.0-liter for Carrera, Carrera T, Carrera 4, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Targa 4; 420-horsepower 3.0-liter for Carrera S, Carrera 4S, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Targa 4S; 540-horsepower 3.8-liter for 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo Cabriolet; 580-horsepower 3.8-liter for 911 Turbo S, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet; 500-horsepower 4.0-liter for GT3, GT3 Touring; and 700-horsepower 3.8-liter for GT2 RS. The Turbos are all all-wheel drive (AWD), while the GT3 and GT2 RS are rear-wheel drive (RWD) only. Premium fuel is required for all models.

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 (911 Carrera, Carrera T, Carrera 4, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Targa 4)
370 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
331 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (RWD/automatic coupe), 22/28 mpg (RWD/automatic cabriolet; AWD/automatic coupe & Targa), 21/28 mpg (AWD/automatic cabriolet), 20/29 mpg (RWD/manual coupe & cabriolet), 20/28 mpg (AWD/manual coupe), 19/28 mpg (AWD/manual cabriolet & Targa)

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 (911 Carrera S, Carrera 4S, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Targa 4S)
420 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
368 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (RWD/manual coupe), 22/28 mpg (RWD/automatic coupe & cabriolet), 21/28 mpg (AWD/automatic coupe & cabriolet), 20/28 mpg (RWD/manual cabriolet; AWD/manual coupe), 21/27 mpg (AWD/automatic Targa), 19/28 mpg (AWD/manual cabriolet & Targa)

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 (911 Carrera GTS, Carrera GTS Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS, Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, Targa 4 GTS)
450 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
405 lb-ft of torque @ 2,150-5,000
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (RWD/automatic coupe & ; AWD/automatic coupe & Targa), 20/25 mpg (AWD/automatic cabriolet), 18/26 mpg (RWD/manual coupe & cabriolet; AWD/manual coupe, cabriolet & Targa)

4.0-liter flat-6 (911 GT3)
500 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
339 lb-ft of torque @ 6,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 mpg (automatic), 13/21 mpg (manual)

3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 (911 Turbo, 911 Turbo Cabriolet)
540 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
486 lb-ft of torque @ 1,950-5,000 rpm (523 lb-ft w/overboost)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 mpg (AWD/automatic coupe & cabriolet)

3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 (911 Turbo S, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet)
580 horsepower @ 6,750 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100-4,250 rpm (553 lb-ft w/overboost)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 mpg (AWD/automatic coupe & cabriolet), 17/23 mpg (Turbo S Exclusive)

3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 (911 GT2 RS)
700 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
553 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

Pricing Notes

Starting with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $90,000 for a standard Carrera, and stretching to more than $294,000 for a GT2 RS, the 2018 Porsche 911 lineup covers virtually every high-end price point and performance level. And that's before selecting options, which can add tens of thousands of dollars. The upshot is that the 911 competes against just about anything, from a Nissan GT-R to the Jaguar F-Type, Maserati GranTurismo, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S Coupe and Audi R8...and of course the Chevrolet Corvette. You get more bang for your buck with the $60,000 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and its 707-horsepower supercharged V8, and even the Corvette Z06 and ZR1 are better values, giving all the performance of a 911 Turbo and GT3 for half the price. Check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying. It’s also good to know that this automotive icon holds its value well.

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