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Driving

What is it like to drive?

So there are three different ‘classes’ of 911, but the differences in their driving experiences are far more nuanced than that. There isn’t a bad one to drive, either.

All have tons of steering feedback, wonderfully spaced pedals, superb gearboxes (the manual is one of the very best on sale, the PDK isn’t a bad substitute if you need the convenience)… Essentially, all the basics are nailed so that you climb in and immediately feel comfortable, with a rich flow of information from each of the car’s components allowing you to drive right at the top of your own limits. If not the car’s; even the ‘base’ 911 has 370bhp these days, so you’re rarely going to be flat-out on the road.

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If outright performance is your aim, you need a Turbo, Turbo S or GT2 RS, as these are the most shockingly fast 911s on sale. If you want the most involving, invigorating driving experience – the highest rewards when you put in the utmost effort – you need a GT3 or GT3 RS. They’re two of the most exciting sports cars at any price.

All of the above start above £100,000, mind, though the good news is that all of the Carreras priced below them are very nearly as magical to drive. A base Carrera is pure and, with the least power of any 911 on sale, the one you can actually work the hardest in the real world. The Carrera S adds power, the Carrera T strips weight and the Carrera GTS opens up an unfathomable world of options, but all have the base Carrera’s simple joy at their core. If it’s all the 911 you can rationalise, you won’t be missing out too much.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Porsche 911 S 2dr PDK
  • 0-622.8s
  • CO2257.0g/km
  • BHP650
  • MPG
  • Price£170,410

the cheapest

Porsche 911 2dr PDK
  • 0-622.9s
  • CO2257.0g/km
  • BHP580
  • MPG
  • Price£148,960

the greenest

Porsche 911 S 2dr PDK
  • 0-622.8s
  • CO2257.0g/km
  • BHP650
  • MPG
  • Price£170,410

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