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Like a fine wine aged to perfection over many years, the 911 has been carefully refined and improved since its debut back in 1963. The characterful and idiosyncratic rear-engine, boxer six-cylinder formula has remained an unvarying constant, but acceleration, handling, fuel efficiency and driver comfort have all reached impressive new heights in the latest series, known internally by the 991 codename.
Outside, things look much as they always have, although closer inspection reveals a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase compared with the previous model - a change that benefits proportions, interior space and stability. Although a larger car than its predecessor in nearly all dimensions, increased use of aluminum body panels means the 911 is slightly lighter than before.
Luxury sedan-grade materials and design characterize the cabin, with a nearly unlimited range of options - including extended leather, several seat designs, numerous colors and aluminum, carbon fiber and wood trims - available to suit the buyer's taste. Accouterments such as heated/ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel and a high-end Burmester sound system are also available to please sybarites. A sloping center console marks a departure from previous 911s, bringing an elegant look and a more convenient gearshifter location at the expensive of a somewhat more constricted cabin feel. Still, space and comfort are in ample supply for the front seat passengers; the tiny, vestigial rear seats remain most useful as a supplement to the 5.1-cubic-foot front trunk.
Better Handling Through Technology
Handling remains the 911's raison d'etre, with its precision, agility and confidence-inspiring dynamics standing as sports car benchmarks. The electric-assist steering system is crisp and accurate, though feedback has diminished slightly compared with the last model's hydraulic setup. Despite its performance capabilities, the 911 has a reasonably compliant ride that won't beat up drivers who use the car for their daily commute.
Enthusiasts wanting even more responsiveness are offered the choice of several technology options. The Porsche Active Suspension Management System (PASM) brings a front lip spoiler, an enhanced rear spoiler, a slightly lower ride height and, most significantly, electronically adjustable dampers with a choice of "Normal" and "Sport" settings. The Sport Chrono Package adds a third mode - "Sport Plus" - as well as stability-enhancing dynamic engine mounts and a combination digital/analog stopwatch mounted atop the dashboard. In additional, manual transmission models get rev-matched downshifts, while PDK-equipped cars receive launch control.
Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) includes an electrohydraulic anti-roll bar system that effectively eliminates bodyroll.
A brake-based torque vectoring system brings a mechanical rear differential (manual cars) or an electronic rear differential (PDK cars) and applies the inside rear brake to ensure neutral handling in turns. Porsche Carbon Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) significantly reduce brake fade and also trim stopping distances. Finally, Power Steering Plus adds a variable steering system that adjusts effort based on vehicle velocity - reducing effort at parking lot speeds and increasing it on the highway.
The 911 is offered with a wide range of engine, transmission and drivetrain configurations, all of which are described in detail below.
911 Carrera and 911 Carrera 4
The "base model," known as the 911 Carrera, is fitted with a 3.4-liter flat-six that produces 350 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 287 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm. Output is sent to the rear wheels via either a seven-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic called the PDK. The manual-equipped 911 Carrera sprints from zero-to-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and returns 19/27 city/highway mpg, while the PDK model hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (4.2 with Sport Chrono) and is good for 20/28 mpg.
The 911 Carrera 4 adds traction-enhancing all-wheel-drive along with wider rear fenders and model-specific joined taillights. It's slightly heavier than the rear-wheel-drive variant, resulting in 0.1-second slower acceleration, though mileage doesn't take a hit.
The 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera 4 are fitted as standard with a navigation system with a seven-inch display screen, a nine-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with USB and AUX inputs, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic bi-xenon headlights heated exterior mirrors and 19-inch alloy wheels.
911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S
Stepping up to the 911 Carrera S nets a larger, more potent 3.8-liter flat-six with 400 horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm.
Fitted with the seven-speed manual, the 911 Carrera S attains 60 mph from a dead stop in 4.3 seconds, while the PDK lowers that time to 4.1 seconds (3.9 with Sport Chrone). Fuel economy is rated at 19/27 mpg with either gearbox.
The 4S entails the same changes as the standard 4. Acceleration is the same as the S, but fuel economy drops to 18/26 and 19/26 mpg for the manual and auto, respectively. Both the S and 4S build upon the Carrera's standard features list with torque vectoring, PASM, upsized front brakes with six-piston calipers, and 20-inch wheels. An optional Powerkit raises output to 430 horsepower with redesigned cylinder heads and camshaft profiles, a sport exhaust system, a retuned ECU and an additional radiator.
All 911 models are fitted as standard with dual front, front side, front knee and front curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems. Available as an option is a forward collision warning and mitigation system. It warns the driver in the event of an impending collision and, if necessary, can apply the brakes to prevent or mitigate the severity of a crash.
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