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2019 Porsche 911 Performance Review


Performance: 9.7

The 2019 Porsche 911 retains and builds on the tremendous athleticism of previous model years. This luxury sports car gives you a choice of three powerful primary engines (with varying outputs among them), and it can take on any winding road thanks to its nimble handling and responsive steering.

  • "The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring is not without compromises -- a base Carrera will surely be a better grand tourer or, for the same money, you can step over to the ballistic and bizarrely efficient Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. But that's a very different solution and, when the corners start to stack up and the g-forces increase, it's the GT3 Touring that will leave you breathless and yet craving more." -- 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Acceleration and Power

A twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine comes standard in the 911. It produces 370 horsepower in the Carrera, Carrera 4, and Targa 4 models and a slightly higher 420 horsepower (450 with the optional powerkit) in the Carrera S, Carrera 4S, and Targa 4S models. That optional powerkit comes standard in the Carrera GTS, Carrera 4 GTS, and Targa GTS models.

The 911 Turbo features a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 540 horsepower, and it's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Turbo S ramps this up even further to 580 horsepower. The Turbo S Exclusive trim also features the same engine, but it puts out 607 horsepower.

There’s also the 911 GT3, which features a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 500 horsepower. That’s still not the end of it. For 2019, Porsche offers several 911 models even more oriented toward performance. The GT3 RS squeezes another 20 horses out of the GT3’s engine, and it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. The GT3 R pushes that even further with an engine that makes 550 horsepower. Finally, the GT2 RS uses a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that clocks in at an eye-popping 700 horsepower.

Are you still with us? That’s a lot to digest.

Every engine option in the 911 has more than enough power for any normal driving situation. City cruising, passing on the highway, taking off from a stoplight – you name it. The more powerful engines provide better acceleration and a higher overall top speed, but they aren’t necessary unless you plan to take this car to the track or just really like showing off.

A seven-speed manual transmission is standard. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (known as the Porsche Doppelkupplung, or PDK) is available. Some trims are only available with the PDK.

Like most vehicles, smaller engines are more fuel-efficient. The base Carrera gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway when paired with the PDK. The GT2 RS is estimated to get 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Most of the 911’s remaining engines earn estimates somewhere between that range, though a few GT3s equipped with the manual transmission earn as low as 13 mpg in the city.

  • "Finally, the 911 has satisfying speed at every level, and not just for those with the deepest pockets. It also sounds properly Porsche with the standard active sport exhaust, now just two chutes mounted in the center of the rear bumper, a-la-GTS. From the outside, onlookers get a healthy dose of flat-six howl with a delicious dollop of turbo spool. From the inside, that thin rear glass gives way to a symphony of mechanical gnash and intake snort that reverberates through the hollow cockpit." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "And, with the fitted Sport exhaust, you can make the 911 GT3 Touring swallow the worst of its bark at the touch of a button. And, though that flat-six produces a whopping 500 horsepower and gladly pulls all the way up to 9,000 RPM, at lower speeds it's actually quite sedate, content to idle through the many idyllic towns and villages that dot the German countryside." -- CNET
  • "In Edmunds track testing, the Carrera S was blisteringly fast, going from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. … Part-throttle acceleration is impressively robust, too. Few drivers will complain about turbo lag, such is its responsive nature." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard in the base 911 as well as upper trims through the GT3 R. The 4 and Turbo models come with all-wheel drive. An adaptive suspension – Porsche Active Suspension Management – comes standard. The available Sport Chrono package lets you alter driving dynamics to match your preferences.

Regardless of the setup, the 911 delivers exactly the kind of agile handling and sharp steering that make sports cars so much fun to drive, and it doesn't punish you with its ride. It also features strong brakes, so you needn’t be shy when tackling corners.

  • "The steering is well-weighted in any driving situation. Optional rear steer helps with low-speed maneuvers and tight hairpin turns while increasing high-speed stability. There's a bit of a disconnect from driver to front-end action, but no car with modern power steering feels better." -- Edmunds
  • "However, many of the roads I crossed were bumpy and broken, still recovering from the recent ending of a long winter. It was on these bumpy and unpredictable yet fast and engaging roads that the 911 GT3 Touring really came to life. As I gained confidence in the car's abilities I gained speed, suspension shuddering and bounding yet never becoming unsettled and never losing grip. Even on its firmer setting the damping was never unbearable and, after my time was up, I wanted nothing more than another go." -- CNET
  • "Sending the car around feels totally intuitive, with speed building in a gradual rather than blinding way. The supple suspension allows you to make adjustments even at mid corner, and feedback in the steering is good. The front end takes a bite and don't want to wash out if you get on the gas too early in a corner. The traction from the rears is relentless." -- Autoblog

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