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Porsche 911

Overall verdict


Electric steering now ace, incredibly usable performance


Expensive, not as exciting as it could or should be
Brilliant, but in making the 911 turbocharged, Porsche's diluted some of its panache.

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What we say: 

Blindingly fast and accomplished, although some of the spark has been muted

What is it?

The newly facelifted 991-gen Porsche sports car, though it’s not the more angular bumpers, lumpy rear lights and fresh wheel designs that make it controversial. This is the first 911 Carrera to be turbocharged. Not to be confused with the proper 911 Turbo, the new Carrera and Carrera S have lost their 3.4 and 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engines, in favour of an all-new, 20bhp and 44lb ft healthier 3.0-litre bi-turbo engine that develops 365bhp, or 414bhp in the £9,445 pricier S model.



For what’s basically the heartland everyman 911, the performance unlocked by the new turbo engine is crackers. The Carrera S is a supremely fast car, capable of a sub-4 second 0-62mph time, and overtaking performance that gives full-fat supercars sweaty palms, let alone the old 911. Throttle response is world class (an achievement in itself), and the 911’s inherent traction means all that extra torque isn’t wasted. 

However because the engine’s characteristic yowl has been muffled, and you don’t need to work the car as hard to demolish a road, it’s not quite as gratifying, nor as memorable, as the older, more sonorous car when you’re driving flat-out. 

The handling’s truly stellar though – revised electric power steering is Porsche’s best yet, and new damper settings needed to control the more rearward weight bias give the 911 clinical control and comfort. £1,530 of rear-axle steering from the GT3 is a particularly impressive new option.

On the inside

There are two alterations to the new 911’s cabin that’ll make existing owners, smug about their better engine noise, pine with jealousy. The first is the smaller 350mm steering wheel from the GT3 RS and 918 Spyder, which does wonders for making the 911, which is a fairly big car now, feel agile and wieldy. It also features Porsche’s version of a Ferrari mannetino switch, with quick-access settings for Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and tailored individual settings, plus a fairly pointless ‘Sport Response’ button for max-attack acceleration. 

The second newcomer is a revised PCM nav module, brandishing smarter graphics, quicker operation and support for Apple CarPlay. Just a pity there’s still no obvious cubby hole for your iPhon. And if you’re on Android you’re out of luck – the new 911 doesn’t connect with it.


The 911 goes like an everyman supercar, but is no longer priced like one. A boggo Carrera is £76,412, and it’s dangerously easy to top six figures when speccing. And don’t go thinking the downsized engine is a ticket to supermini economy – Porsche claims a 4.2mpg improvement versus the old model, but in our hands it nevertheless failed to top 30mpg. It’s still very economical for such a powerful piece of kit, but not the hop, skip and jump over an old 911 the spiel would have you believe. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S 2dr PDK
3.0s 216g/km 30.4 580 £154,614
The cheapest
Black Edition 2dr
5.0s 216g/km 30.7 350 £81,852
The greenest
2dr PDK
4.4s 172g/km 37.7 370 £87,641


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