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2016 Porsche 911 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Porsche 911 was new.


Performance: 9.6

The 2016 Porsche 911's sharp handling and smooth ride mean it's both a comfortable daily driver and an engaging performance machine, according to critics. It also has an exciting lineup of powerful six-cylinder engines, from the base 3.4-liter in the Carrera to the fierce twin-turbo 3.8 in the Turbo S.

  • "Everything about driving the Porsche 911 makes you feel like a rock star. No matter how you equip it, the car is an absolute thrill to drive with its aggressive power delivery and ultratight handling." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "The characterful and idiosyncratic rear-engine, boxer six-cylinder formula has remained an unvarying constant, but acceleration, handling, fuel efficiency and driver comfort have all reached impressive new heights in the latest series, known internally by the 991 codename." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "In sum, you're just not going to find a sports car that better combines civility, performance and variety." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "'A supercar you can drive every day.' It's a description applicable to more and more modern supercars, but the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo delivers what is arguably the finest balance between paradigm-shifting performance and on-road civility." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. According to the EPA, the 2016 911 Carrera gets up to 20/28 mpg city/highway with the automatic, which is typical for a sports car.

A number of more powerful 911 models are available. The Carrera S models feature a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The GTS models have a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The track-tuned GT3 comes with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 475 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The new GT3 RS has a 3.8-liter six-cylinder that makes 500 horsepower and 338 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo models feature a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line Porsche 911 Turbo S models feature a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder that generates 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

The 911 will have plenty of power no matter which engine you choose. Though you have to rev the base engine fairly high to get the most power from it, it delivers a thrilling soundtrack and strong acceleration. The S and GTS models are noticeably faster. The top-of-the-line Turbo S is the fastest production Porsche some auto writers have ever driven.

The seven-speed manual transmission has closely spaced gears, so it can be easy to select the wrong one. Some test drivers prefer the automatic, which executes quick gear changes.

  • "The right engine for your 2016 Porsche 911 is a matter of personal taste, as all are pretty great. Although the base 3.4-liter flat-6 doesn't really wake up till you get past 4,000 rpm, exploiting that peaky power band is gratifying in its own right, and the noises are pure Porsche magic. If you want more midrange punch, the S- and GTS-spec 3.8-liter engine provides a palpable upgrade without sacrificing any high-rpm thrills." -- Edmunds
  • "Simply put, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is the fastest-accelerating road-going series production 911 we've ever driven -- faster than the latest 911 GT3, faster than the manic 911 GT2 RS and faster even than the homologation version of the 1998 Le Mans-winning 911 GT1. In fact, the new 911 Turbo S is the fastest-accelerating road car Porsche has ever placed into open-ended production, full stop." -- Autoweek (2014)
  • "The car runs plenty strong with the 'base' Carrera engine's 350 horsepower, but for even more, you can choose 400 (Carrera S), 520 (Turbo), or 560 (Turbo S). The 911's industry-first 7-speed manual gearbox (not available on Turbo models) works beautifully but we prefer Porsche's spectacular twin-clutch PDK automatic transmission, which bangs off gear changes with a press of wheel-mounted rocker switches." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The seven-speed manual's gates are closely spaced, and it's easy to select the wrong gear, particularly while pulling the lever back for upshifts." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Porsche 911 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is standard on "4" models and Turbo models.

The Porsche 911 has phenomenal handling, powerful brakes and one of the most responsive steering systems on the market. Its ride is smooth enough that you can use the 911 as a commuter car.

  • "The steering is quick and precise, and overall the 911 gives you a nearly unparalleled sense of control and engagement. It works better the harder you drive it." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering is also among the most direct that we've ever experienced, despite Porsche's inclusion of an electrically assisted steering system." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "Despite its performance capabilities, the 911 has a reasonably compliant ride that won't beat up drivers who use the car for their daily commute." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The Porsche 911 is legendary for its razor-sharp steering and handling, and the redesigned models are no exception." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The car comes standard with six piston brakes up front and four piston brakes on the rear wheels. The stopping power is truly excellent, as modulating the brakes let me precisely slow the car depending on the upcoming turn." -- CNET (2012)

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