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2017 Porsche 911 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Porsche 911 was new.


Performance: 9.3

The Porsche 911 gets performance upgrades for the 2017 model year that up the ante of this luxury sports car's drive. There's more power, stronger acceleration, and better handling. Adaptive suspension and varying driving modes make your drive more responsive and/or comfortable, and stronger engines make your drive even more fun. Additionally, the 911 gets good fuel economy for the class.   

  • "Its fuel economy is also superior to the competition, thanks to the turbochargers and other underhood tricks. The 911 [Carrera 4S] actually falls short in acceleration and pure power output, outrunning the Jag but losing to the GT-R and AMG GT S." -- CNET
  • "From its record-setting day at the track to the desert and back … the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is, indeed, the everyday supercar without peer and a worthy guardian of its storied crown." -- Motor Trend
  • "For 2017, the 911 gets a raft of upgrades, including turbocharged engines across the lineup (except the new GT3-derived 911 R), standard adaptive suspension dampers (PASM), slightly more power for the Turbo and Turbo S, revised exterior styling, a rear-wheel-steering option for the Carrera S …" -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Porsche 911 comes with three basic engines: the standard twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder, a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder, and a 4.0-liter six-cylinder.

With the base engine, the Carrera and Targa 4 models make 370 horsepower, and the Carrera and Targa S models make 420 horsepower. With the 3.8-liter engine, the 911 Turbo models make 540 horsepower and the Turbo S models make 580 horsepower. The GTS models make 450 horsepower with an upgraded 3.0-liter engine, and the GT3 RS and the R models make 500 horsepower with the 4.0-liter engine.

The 911's acceleration is strong, and the base engine is plenty powerful. Upgrade to the available more powerful engines and you'll get even better acceleration, with the Turbo S giving one of the fastest drives around. Both the seven-speed manual and automatic transmissions shift smoothly and quickly.

The base Porsche 911 gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. The high-performance Turbo S model gets 19 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

  • "Our track results can vouch for the newfound potency and response. It reaches 60 mph in 2.5 seconds (reading that sentence aloud takes 2.5 seconds). It does the 0-100 run in six flat (not bad for a flat-six), and blasts from 0 to 100 mph and back in 9.7 seconds. It almost makes the Porsche's 10.5-second, 131.8-mph quarter-mile time anticlimactic." -- Motor Trend
  • "Get on the throttle, and this puppy hustles. My tester came with the Sport Chrono Pack, which drops 0-60 down to 3.6 seconds in conjunction with the rapid-fire Porsche Doppelkupplung dual-clutch transmission, but it feels quicker than that. Response from the 420-horsepower, 368-pound-foot, 3.0-liter engine is practically immediate at all speeds above 2,500 rpm." -- CNET
  • "While acceleration is accompanied by a turbocharged whoosh and pfft, this does not detract from the driving experience. As is expected, the 911 Carrera and more powerful 911 Carrera S respond with alacrity when you apply either the gas or brake pedal. Besides, shouldn't Porschephiles venerate any and all ways by which engineers extract even more performance from a 911?" -- New York Daily News

Handling and Braking

The 911 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive comes standard in "4" and Turbo models. It also comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). This adjusts the suspension based on road conditions. It has two modes, Normal and Sport.

A Sport Chrono package that lets you select different driving modes is also available, giving you a customized and engaging drive. The 911 has nimble handling and takes corners with confidence. It also has incredibly responsive steering and powerful brakes. 

  • "That's what Porsche does best; it's why the 911 is such a legend and it's why it'll beat cars around the track with more power: handling prowess. As the roads get more twisted and suicidal, the new 911 seems to get more aggressive. When overdriven, it understeers just a tad on corner entry." -- Autoweek
  • "In everyday driving, the 2017 Porsche 911 won't be confused with a luxury car, but now that the adaptive PASM suspension comes standard, the car's daily livability is at an all-time high. Forget about comfort and easy-to-drive considerations for a moment, though; you really need to drive the 911 hard to let its decades of high-performance heritage shine through. The steering is quick and precise, and overall you'll feel a nearly unparalleled sense of control and engagement. It works better the harder you drive it, and that kind of magic is hard to resist when you're making a purchasing decision." -- Edmunds
  • "Even if I bit off more than I could chew, the drivetrain and chassis sorted it out. The all-wheel-drive system made me feel like Superman, pulling the car through questionable turns without losing composure. Rear-wheel steering made tight corners even more of a breeze. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn opposite the fronts to reduce the turning radius. At high speeds, it turns with the fronts to improve handling." -- CNET

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