Porsche 911 Performance
Reviewers write that the 2014 Porsche 911 is one of the most exciting luxury sports cars you can drive thanks to a potent engine, nimble handling and razor-sharp steering. They say the upper trims’ added power and faster acceleration enhance the driving appeal even further.
- "Everything about driving the Porsche 911 makes you feel like a rock star. No matter how you equip it, the car is an absolute thrill to drive with its aggressive power delivery and ultra-tight handling." -- AutoTrader
- "‘A supercar you can drive every day.’ It's a description applicable to more and more modern supercars, but the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo delivers what is arguably the finest balance between paradigm-shifting performance and on-road civility." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "There's a purity to the way a 911 drives that one simply doesn't find in other cars. It's the light-on-its feet feeling. It's the unique flat-six howl. It's the perfect steering ... it's all of those things. The car is just a terrific drive. No two ways about it." -- AutoWeek (2013)
- "The 911 driving experience - especially in convertible form with the top down - is all about engaging your senses. From the distinctive turbinelike whine of the rear-mounted flat-six engine to the way the car feels on different road surfaces, the 911 is a machine that's always communicating with you. It refreshingly embraces its sounds in an era when other luxury performance cars try to mute them." -- Cars.com (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed automated manual (PDK) transmission is optional. The EPA reports that the 911 Carrera gets 19/27 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission, which is good compared to the 911's closest rivals. Porsche says the 911 Carrera has a top speed of 179 mph and will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the PDK transmission. Carrera S, Carrera 4S and Targa 4S models feature a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that generates 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. With the PDK transmission, the Carrera S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph.
The 50th Anniversay Edition has a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. With the PDK transmission, it accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph. The GT3’s 3.8-liter flat-six makes 475 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 195 mph. The top-of-the-line Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models feature twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engines that produce 520 and 560 horsepower, respectively. The Turbo S model is the fastest in the 911 lineup, accelerating from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 197 mph.
Reviewers agree that the base 911 Carrera offers strong acceleration that should be plenty for most drivers. Still, the more powerful Carrera S earns praise for its swift acceleration and ample power throughout the rpm range, and test drivers write that the Turbo S is one of the fastest cars Porsche has ever built. Automotive journalists add that all 911s have a great sound when accelerating. The 911’s PDK pleases critics with its lightning-fast gear changes. However, some say that the manual transmission’s tightly spaced shift gates can make it hard to find the right gear.
- "Simply put, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is the fastest-accelerating road-going series production 911 we've ever driven -- faster than the latest 911 GT3, faster than the manic 911 GT2 RS and faster even than the homologation version of the 1998 Le Mans-winning 911 GT1. In fact, the new 911 Turbo S is the fastest-accelerating road car Porsche has ever placed into open-ended production, full stop." -- AutoWeek
- "Power from the flat-six-cylinder engine is robust, even in base Carrera trim. Upgrading to S, GT3 and Turbo models is really only justified for the most power-hungry and talented of drivers. As an added bonus, all of these 911s sound great under spirited acceleration." -- Edmunds
- "The car runs plenty strong with the ‘base’ Carrera engine's 350 horsepower, but for even more, you can choose 400 (Carrera S), 520 (Turbo), or 560 (Turbo S). The 911's industry-first 7-speed manual gearbox (not available on Turbo models) works beautifully but we prefer Porsche's spectacular twin-clutch PDK automatic transmission, which bangs off gear changes with a press of wheel-mounted rocker switches." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The seven-speed manual's gates are closely spaced, and it's easy to select the wrong gear, particularly while pulling the lever back for upshifts. If you don't coax the shifter to the right, you might do a five-four downshift instead of the intended five-six upshift. Porsche apparently has anticipated this and provides a gear indicator below the tachometer. It has also implemented software that prevents seventh gear from being selected without first going through fifth and sixth." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Handling and Braking
Carrera, Carrera S, GT3 and 50th Anniversary Edition models are rear-wheel drive, while all other models come with all-wheel drive. Automotive journalists agree that every Porsche 911 model delivers exciting driving dynamics and athletic cornering ability, as well as strong brakes and responsive steering. The 911 also earns praise for its firm, yet comfortable, ride. Reviewers say the track-ready GT3 and top-of-the-line Turbo models, which were redesigned for 2014, offer phenomenal cornering grip and direct steering feedback.
- "Every steering input produces an immediate response with very little commotion, providing drivers with just the right amount of feedback. From well-modulated brakes to the all-wheel drive system's heroic levels of grip, you feel a genuine sense of confidence from behind the wheel of a 911 Turbo." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "All you notice is that the GT3 goes where you want it to; gives nearly perfect feedback through its fat, faux-suede-trimmed steering wheel; and can generate seemingly impossible levels of grip from its Dunlop Sport Maxx tires." -- Car and Driver
- "The Porsche 911 is legendary for its razor-sharp steering and handling, and the redesigned models are no exception." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Porsche allows devotees to revel in the light steering, quick direction changes and strong braking that the 911's unique tail-heavy layout affords while progressively taming the tendency to spin when the cornering limit it exceeded." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "Without playing with the adjustable damping at all, the 911 is pretty much spot-on. The ride is stiff, but not harsh. Compliant, but not soft. It's the perfect mix." -- Jalopnik (2013)
- "The car comes standard with six piston brakes up front and four piston brakes on the rear wheels. The stopping power is truly excellent, as modulating the brakes let me precisely slow the car depending on the upcoming turn." -- CNET (2012)