2011 Porsche 911 Review
The Porsche 911 Carrera continues into the 2011model year with plenty of refinement and speed.
The Porsche 911 Carrera has a reputation as one of the best performing luxury sports car on the market, and that reputation hasn’t changed for the 2011 model year. In fact, with the introduction of the 2011 Carrera GTS, test drivers are more impressed with the Carrera lineup. The GTS has a 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine that makes 408 horsepower, 63 more than the base Carrera. More than one reviewer has tested a GTS with a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), and some call it one of the best transmissions on the market.
The 911 Carrera is more about performance but standard features for the 2011 model year make it a little more luxurious. New features include Bluetooth and a universal audio interface that connects your MP3 player to Porsche’s Communication Management System.
Other Sports Cars to Consider
If you’re in the market for a luxury sports car, you’re probably not worried about a budget. If that’s the case, consider the Nissan GT-R. It starts at nearly $90,000, but its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces 530 horsepower and 448 pound feet of torque -- a lot more horsepower than the 911 Carrera GTS. The GT-R also comes with more standard features like heated power driver and front passenger seats, a Bose sound system, XM radio and Navigation. All of these features are optional on the 911 Carrera, making the GT-R a better value for the money.
The 911 Carrera is available as a soft-top cabriolet, hardtop and a panoramic targa roof. If you’re looking for hardtop convertible, check out the Mercedes-Benz SL. It comes standard with a 5.5-liter V8 engine that makes 382 horsepower. This engine is larger than the GT-R and Carrera’s engine, but the SL is not the best performer in the class; reviewers still prefer the Carrera and GTR. You should, however, consider the SL if you’re after luxury. You can equip your SL with an AIRSCARF heating system that makes driving with the top down more enjoyable on cool nights. However, the SL starts at nearly $103,000, which makes the 911 Carrera look inexpensive.
Details: 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera
The 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera is available as five models: the base Carrera, the Carrera 4, the Carrera GTS and the Black Edition and the Targa. The base Carrera, Carerra 4 and Targa 4 are available as S trims, which means they get a more powerful engine. All models but the Targa 4 come as coupes or soft top cabriolets. The Targa has a glass roof.
The Porsche 911 starts at about $78,000 for the coupe and about $88,800 for the cabriolet. Prices reach about $113,000 for the GTS Cabriolet.
- "The 911 has always exuded a unique charm, and that's equally true of these new ones." -- Popular Mechanics
- "If you've spent a quality day with a three-spoked steering wheel between you and a Porsche 911, we can assure you this 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is as good as it gets. It retains the exemplary traits of every 911, like the legendary steering feel and unflinching brakes, and adds to it an impressively capable engine and one of the best transmissions on the planet." -- Edmunds
- "Its looks haven't changed much over forty years, but it's the subtle improvements that make each new 911 so great. And if you still haven't driven one after all this time, you're probably one of those misguided souls who think the horizontally opposed, shoved-up-the-wazoo engine makes the 911 nothing more than an overhyped, overpriced VW Beetle derivative. But you're wrong. Drive a 911, and you'll want to buy it. If you can't afford a new one, get a used one." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Few cars…deliver the 911's thrilling balance of precision steering and handling with daily-driver livability." -- Consumer Guide