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991 Porsche 911 review - the last naturally aspirated 911 range
Fans of old 911s might be a little nonplussed by the devastating, vice-free (arguably character-free?) competence of the latest 991 generation range, but there can be no denying that Porsche has moved the game on in a number of crucial areas and, in the GT3, has a car that delivers one of the finest driving experiences available today. It’s a testament to the last naturally aspirated 911’s depth of engineering integrity and dynamic talent that even the entry-level 3.4-litre model shares many of the race-bred GT3’s core qualities. Performance ranges from strong to ballistic, quality is high and even running costs are respectable. The half-century lineage has had its ups and downs, but there’s never been a class act quite like the 911. And now, with the arrival of the 911 GT3 RS, we've met arguably the most complete 911 ever. So complete, in fact, that we've given it it's own review page here.
One option that is exclusive to the higher-powered models is Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). It uses variable anti-roll bars to cut body roll during hard cornering. It’s a clever system, but since roll is how the driver feels the loading of the chassis in corners, we think it’s best avoided.
‘No sports car in history can match the continuity of excellence delivered by the Porsche 911. Its fusion of old and new is unprecedented. The rear-engined layout has hardly changed since the car was launched in 1963, but the latest car can rightly claim to be the most charismatic and technically accomplished in its class. Over the past half-century, the rear-engined Porsche has evolved into one of the most complete, thrilling and rewarding sports cars you can buy. The latest 991 model was launched in 2011, and is faster and more capable than ever.’
David Vivian, Contributing Road Tester, evo
Performance and 0-60 time > The 350bhp entry-level manual 991 manages a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds. More than a match for the competition.
Engine and gearbox > With a wide range engines to choose from, there will be a 991 to suit most tastes. Both the auto PDK box and manual 7-speed are fantastic.
Ride and handling > Signature levels of grip are always present, with range topping GT3 and GT3 RS offering incredible performance and feedback.
MPG and running costs > If running costs are your top priority then you shouldn't be in the market for a Porsche. Most Porsches like the Turbo use high quality parts. Make sure you put aside £1,000 for each service.
Prices, specs and rivals > With prices ranging from £73,509 for a plain white Carrera to £150,857 for the Cabriolet Turbo S there is a Porsche to suit most top-end price ranges.
Interior and tech > The Porsche's cabin still adheres to the slick and simple family design and features impeccable build quality.
Design > The 911 boasts arguably the most iconic sports car shape in the world. Evolved since its inception in 1963, you can still see hints of the original in the 991 generation all these years later.