Porsche has deliberately evolved the 911 since its introduction in the 1960s to keep it true to its roots as the quintessential sports car. Whether it be the sleek coupe, the sun-seeking convertible, or the striking Targa which is the best of both coupe and convertible worlds, the 911's range of powerful engines plays a distinct tune and quickly launch it to überlegal speeds. Best of all, this uncompromising sports car has razor-sharp handling and performance that stirs the soul. As with all 911s that came before, the engine hangs out aft of the rear axle and fires its pistons in a horizontally opposed fashion; horsepower ratings span from 370 to 450. In our testing, the 911 Carrera GTS snapped off a blistering 3.0-second run from zero to 60 mph. Meanwhile, the 911 delivered 28 mpg on our real-world highway fuel-economy test. Talk about having your sports-car cake and eating it, too.
While the 911 is expensive, it includes a comfortable cabin packed with luxury features. Porsche's menu of standalone options allows for easy customization, but also adds even more coin to the bottom line. The driver-focused cockpit preserves the legacy of the 911 while sprinkling in modern conveniences such as touchscreen infotainment, heated and ventilated leather seats, and onboard Wi-Fi. The 911 has been so good for so many decades that it has spurred on other premium automakers to create and continuously improve their sports cars. Although the 911 is more expensive than a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and less powerful than a McLaren 570S, we'd still have a hard time choosing either over the Porsche.
Porsche 911 Generations Explained
Major redesigns occur every five years or so; not much changes in between. Dividing them into generations provides more meaningful distinctions in the shopping process.
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