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Buying

What should I be paying?

Back seats, a big boot and easy to see out of: the 911 is a doddle to live with by sports car standards. It even rides well. Slightly loud tyre roar if you have one with bigger wheels is the only thing that’ll impact on refinement during a long trip.

Buying one isn’t going to be the easiest, as you could probably produce another million 911s purely by exploring every permutation of colour and spec of the current model range. Be mindful that stuff you’d expect to come as standard often doesn’t on a 911, so the base price you see on the model you’ve chosen will quickly rise, even if you’re restrained with the options.

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Running costs will be high, but perhaps not by sports car standards: the Carrera models should all average somewhere around 30mpg in mixed driving (especially if you cover a lot of motorway miles) and you’d be amazed how close the racier cars get to that figure. The Turbo in particular comes with lots of efficient little uses of tech to cut fuel consumption; on a motorway cruise it effectively coasts, while its seven-speed automatic transmission shuffles into top gear at absurdly low speeds if you leave the paddles alone.

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