For The Turbo is unbelievably fast, and you won’t be waiting around for the turbochargers to kick in, either. You never sense all four wheels steering, but the system helps make the Turbo feel seriously agile.
Against It’s hugely expensive, and the Turbo is so capable that you get little sense of the speed you’re carrying, which means you could easily find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
What Car? says
The Porsche 911 Turbo is monumentally fast and brilliant to drive, but so are the cheaper 911s, so we’d spend our money on one of those.
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Target Price team says:
The Porsche 911 is a terrific proposition for those wanting an accomplished sports car - but the greatest achievement here is that it can be much more than that. In any model (but for the track-oriented GT3, which has sold out anyway) there’s enough cruising refinement and everyday usability for the 911 to be an everyday GT. It’ll take you from one side of the country to the other in refined comfort, yet turn into a thrilling hooligan upon request.
The Turbo models are best avoided; they are breathtakingly rapid, but the lower-powered models are better value and just as much fun. If you don’t want to spend six-figures on your 911, the base Carrera is a delight, and should be top of your list.
If you want a bit more bite and are willing to pay for it, go straight for the rear-wheel drive Carrera GTS. It's brilliant in manual or PDK form, so whichever suits your needs best will be fine.
Reader test team says:
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