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2023 Porsche 911 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

If you close your eyes and imagine a Porsche, it is likely that the 911 will appear first in your imagination. This rear-engine fastback is a legend – and for good reason. Make so many reasons. For decades it has been a benchmark for performance and handling and feel, inspiring rivals such as the Aston Martin Vantage, the Audi R8 and the Maserati MC20, to name a few. The “standard” 911 sticks to its roots with a set of twin-turbo flat-six engines tuned for up to 473 horsepower. Higher-performance Turbo and GT3 models are available – it’s Porsche, of course – but we review those cars separately. Most 911 models have rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. Coupe, convertible and Targa body styles are offered, and they have a cabin that’s comfortable for two adults, whether decked out in luxuries or left-behind wood. The 911’s superiority stems not only from its superior performance capabilities, but also from the fact that it is comfortable enough to live with on a daily basis.

What’s new for 2023?

To celebrate the brand’s 70st year in which it sold cars in North America, Porsche added an off-road-oriented Dakar version of the 911 that comes with knobby tires, a lifted suspension and the same powertrain as the Carrera 4 GTS. Only 2500 will be made and the starting price is $223,450. There is also a range top America Edition GTS convertible to the 911 range. Only 100 are earmarked for sale in the United States (with another 15 going to Canada) and all come with a seven-speed manual transmission, Azure Blue 356 exterior paint, tri-finish wheels (with white, silver, and red detailing), and special body side graphics. The black leather interior is accented with red detailing throughout and illuminated door sill plates pay homage to the brand’s North American history. Interested buyers should contact their Porsche dealer quickly, as the limited edition is likely to sell out even at a price of $186,370. The purist-focused Carrera T model rejoins the lineup this year with rear-wheel drive, no rear seats, and a manual transmission for $118,050.

Prices and which one to buy

Carrera

$107,550

Career 4

$114,850

Career T

$118,050

$124,450

Targa 4

$127,650

4S race

$131,750

GTS race

$144,050

Targa 4S

$144,550

breed 4 gts

$151,350

Targa GTS

$164,150

GTS America Edition

$186,370

Dakar

$223,450

Based on our experience with numerous 911 models, we can confidently recommend the Carrera S. It boasts 64 more horses than the standard Carrera. As much as we love manual transmissions, Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic is possibly the best self-shifting transmission in the world, so we won’t dissuade anyone from opting for it. Those who want to enjoy their 911 year-round but have to deal with slippery winter conditions can add all-wheel drive for $7300 if you feel four winter tires aren’t enough. We love the classic coupe body style, especially since the convertible costs almost $13,000 more. We’d also opt for the Sport Chrono package, which adds launch control, additional drive modes and more. The Sport Seats Plus option offers more supportive buckets, and the Sport package adds a lowered suspension and a snarltastic exhaust system. Rounding out our selection of upgrades will be ventilated front seat cushions, passive entry, a heated multifunction GT steering wheel, and Porsche’s Dynamic Light System Plus which features automatic high beams and headlights that turn in the direction the front tires are pointing. These are just a few of the customization options that Porsche offers on this car, which add significantly to the price. But be warned: they are hard to resist.

Engine, transmission and performance

At the back of the 911 is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine. The base Carrera has 379 horsepower, the S pumps out 443 ponies, and the GTS generates 473 horses. While every model comes standard with a ridiculously quick-shifting eight-speed automatic, a lovely seven-speed manual is offered, but you’ll have to shell out for an S or GTS to get it. The coupe and convertible have standard rear-wheel drive, but they can be equipped with all-wheel drive for four-season, high-performance driving. The Targa is four-wheel drive only. We have tested the base Carrera as well as several variations of the more powerful Carrera S, which proved his mettle on the racetrack and its incredible traction in adverse weather conditions. Regardless of the application, every 911 has astonishing acceleration, especially when utilizing the cheerfully good launch control. At our test track, the GTS model bolted to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds when equipped with the eight-speed automatic; with the seven-speed manual, the 911 GTS produced a slightly slower 3.2 second result in the same test. Porsche’s optional sports exhaust system also helps enhance the experience by providing a fuller engine note. Best of all, the 911 is as comfortable as ever and better to drive too. Its steering is communicative and brilliantly direct, and the coupe and cabriolet have improved cornering grip and stability. The ride quality is also surprisingly supple, despite the 911’s wonderful body control, allowing drivers to switch seamlessly between relaxed and spirited romps.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With EPA ratings of 18 mpg city and 25 highway, the Carrera S with the manual transmission is the most fuel-efficient 911. However, other 911 models’ fuel economy estimates don’t fall much further from those numbers. On our 75-mph highway route, a Carrera and Carrera S (both equipped with automatics) achieved impressive results of 33 and 30 mpg, respectively. For more information on the 911’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The 911’s interior still looks sophisticated rather than complicated, with a mix of knobs, buttons and touchscreen controls and—for the first time ever—a large center cupholder. The gauge group also departs from history, ditching the mostly analog instruments for mostly digital instruments. While these displays have some user experience issues and can be blocked by the steering wheel, the central tachometer still uses a physical needle that tracks the engine’s revs to its heavenly 7400-rpm redline. The 911’s low driving position and supportive front seats are fantastic, and the steering wheel has a wide range of adjustments. We just wish Porsche used less piano-black trim on the center console, provided more interior cube storage, and gave this icon of a car a bigger shift than the stubby flipper that comes on auto-equipped models. Although the 911 still offers seating for up to four in theory, the small rear seats remain as hostile to adults as they were when 911s first hit the road in the mid-1960s.

Infotainment and connectivity

Every 911 is equipped with a 10.9-inch touchscreen integrated into the center of the dashboard. In addition to voice commands and buttons on the steering wheel, the center screen also has rotary push button controls on the console. The infotainment system supports a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. Porsche does provide two high-end surround sound systems that include a 12-speaker Bose unit and a 13-speaker Burmester stereo.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

The 911 is available with numerous driver assistance technology, including desirable options like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, and even night vision. For more information on the 911’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Available lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control available

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

Porsche’s warranty coverage is standard for the segment, with the first maintenance visit covered free of charge. Opponents like the Jaguar F-type offers more value by covering maintenance for up to five years.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Vehicle Type: Rear Engine, Rear Wheel Drive, 2-Passenger, 2-Door Coupe

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $138,050/$162,940

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 182 inches32981 cm3
Power: 473 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in ventilated, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc/15.6-in ventilated, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 245/35ZR-20 (91J) NA1
R: 305/30ZR-21 (100Y) NA1

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
Length: 178.5 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 50.9 inches
Passenger volume: 49 feet3
Cargo volume: 14 feet3
Curb weight: 3399 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 2.8 sec
100 mph: 8.0 sec
1/4-mile: 10.9 sec @ 128 mph
130 mph: 11.3 sec
150 mph: 15.9 sec
170 mph: 23.6 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 193 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 143 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 288 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 1.06 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/23 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera

VEHICLE TYPE
rear engine, rear wheel drive, 2+2 passenger, 2 door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED
$106,290 (base price: $98,750)

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 182 inches32981 cm3
Power: 379 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.0-in ventilated cross-drilled disc/13.0-in ventilated cross-drilled disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, F: 235/40ZR-19 (92Y) NA0 R: 295/35ZR-20 (101Y) NA0

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
Length: 177.9 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 51.1 inches
Passenger volume: 72 feet3
Cargo volume: 5 feet3
Core weight: 3360 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.2 sec
100 mph: 7.9 sec
130 mph: 14.0 sec
150 mph: 20.5 sec
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 4.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
1/4 mile: 11.5 sec @ 120 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 182 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 139 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 277 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot slide slide: 1.08 g

Stand-start access times allow 1-foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 18 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 33 mpg
Freeway range: 550 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 20/18/24 mpg

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