2010 Porsche 911 Performance

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2010 Porsche 911 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Porsche 911 was new.


Performance: 9.3

The 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera’s performance abilities leave test drivers floored. It was refreshed in ‘09 refresh to feature more power, speed and agility. Reviewers have little to complain about.

  • "The 2010 Porsche 911 is all about composure and man-machine communication (that goes double for the phenomenal GT3), and it has a lightweight finesse to it that no bruising Nissan GT-R can match." -- Edmunds
  • "[U]nless you speak fluent Porsche, you may not realize that the new Carrera is the hottest normally aspirated, mass-produced 911 ever to zoom out of Zuffenhausen. With a top speed of 188 mph, the top-of-the-line Carrera S is said to take as little as 4.1 seconds to squirt from 0 to 60 mph." -- Road and Track

Acceleration and Power

Last year, the 911 Carrera debuted an all-new rear-mounted engine, with more power and better gas mileage, and replaced its Tiptronic S transmission with an entirely new double-clutch gearbox. Reviewers were impressed, and still are -- as the 911 carries into the 2010 model year unchanged.

The 911 Carrera base-trim, 4, and Targa 4 are equipped with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 345-horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 288 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The more powerful 911 Carrera S, 4S and Targa 4S feature a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 385-horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 310 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. At any trim, buuyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and the new Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) -- which features seven-gears, manual gearshift, and an automatic mode. Though both leave reviewers impressed, many still prefer the traditional manual over the PDK.

According to Porsche, the fastest 911 Carrera trims are the S and 4S Coupes -- which, when equipped with PDK, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The trims with the highest top speed are the 911 Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet. They max out at 188 mph when mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The EPA estimates the 911 Carrera's city/highway fuel economy ranges from 18/25 mpg to 19/27 mpg, depending on trim and transmission.

  • "Compared with Tiptronic S, the new Carrera S with PDK is 15 percent faster to 62 mph and almost 20 percent faster with Sport Chrono Plus, yet, compared to Tiptronic S, PDK also helps reduce both engines' CO2 emissions by more than 15 percent and fuel consumption by a bit less than 15 percent." -- Motor Trend
  • "We still prefer the manual, but the optional PDK is one of the best dual-clutch automated boxes." -- Car and Driver
  • "The manual transmission is smooth and satisfyingly precise. The automatic provides smart, immediate shifts for passing and merging, but can change gears erratically and with an occasional clunk at low speeds. Ample low-end torque means 911, base or S, has strong thrust for any situation." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The PDK transmission is a welcome happy medium for those who desire the traffic-friendly nature of not having a clutch, yet still want the rapid shift performance of a traditional manual. However, we're not fans of the awkward shift buttons. These can be replaced with optional shift paddles on the Turbo, but sadly you can't get them on other models." -- Edmunds
  • "Shifts don't take much time. Indeed, Porsche says the PDK is up to 60 percent faster than the Tiptronic system it replaces, and improves zero-to-62 mph times in the Carrera S by 15 percent. It's 19 percent quicker in models with the optional Sport Chrono Plus feature, which incorporates a launch control strategy allowing full-throttle starts." -- Popular Mechanics

Handling and Braking

The 911's extraordinary combination of supreme handling dynamics and ride comfort leaves test drivers thoroughly impressed. Among its many unique performance-enhancing features and characteristics is its engine’s mount position – past the rear axel – which helps enhance overall traction. Adding to the 911’s prowess is Porsche's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which comes standard on the Carrera 4, 4S and Targa 4.

Available for all Carrera trims are ceramic brake pads and Porsche's Sport Chrono Package Plus, which -- as if the standard models weren't thrilling enough -- further enhances the 911's performance capabilities with sportier tuning of the engine and chassis.

  • "The driving experience is, as you'd expect, similar to last year's cars: the 911 communicates constantly with its driver. Its thin-rimmed steering wheel performs an interpretive dance in your hands, sharing with you its fascination with changing road surfaces, cambers, and grip levels. Hard braking is drama-free even at speeds beyond 180 mph, accompanied by reassuring, rock-hard pedal feel and zero fade. The 911's PASM active suspension (optional on the base Carrera) delivers a ride that is all-day comfortable without ever allowing body motions to get out of hand." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "On back roads near Porsche headquarters in Germany, the new cars proved fantastic. Driven moderately, they're comfortable and refined. Driven hard, they're stirring and exhilarating, and make the driver feel as though he has Lewis Hamilton's reflexes and car control." -- Car and Driver
  • "So visceral was our reaction to the car's unfettered capabilities that a series of fast laps at the Michelin proving grounds left us as giddy as if we'd been sucking on a bottle of pure ozone. (Kids, don't try this at home.)" -- Motor Trend
  • "We tested the 911 Carrera 4S cabrio. AWD helps it stick to the pavement as if attached to a rail. Exceptional handling and stability, especially at high speed. And to keep you in command, stability control and traction control are standard." -- Chicago Tribune

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