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Porsche 911 review

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5 Jan 2016 14:04 | Last updated: 20 Sep 2018 10:58

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Porsche 911 coupe running costs

The standard Carrera model undercuts more exclusive rivals such as the Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8 by a wide margin, but does look quite expensive next to the Jaguar F-Type Coupé.

The meagre amount of standard equipment (more on that later) means it’s easy to add thousands of pounds to the price, while discounts are hard to come by. Porsche also tightly controls the number of cars built, so waiting lists are usually at least three months. However, this does mean resale values are consistently strong. Just bear in mind that depreciation becomes a bigger issue as you move up the range towards the Turbo versions, which – while cheaper than similarly rapid supercars such as the McLaren 570S – are expensive to buy and run. An Audi R8 is cheaper to buy and better equipped as standard – that's another reason we favour it over the 911 Turbo.

Other running costs are comparatively good. Automatic rear-wheel-drive models offer the lowest CO2 emissions, while the Carrera auto version promises more than 38mpg (although you won’t see anywhere near that in real-world driving).

Porsche 911 coupe equipment

We’d go for the entry-level Carrera version, which offers the best value for money and comes with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen sat-nav system and bi-xenon headlights. Several desirable bits of equipment aren’t included, though; cruise control, heated seats and rain-sensing wipers are all on the options list, as are parking sensors.

Despite a big price increase over the entry-level car, the Carrera S still doesn’t come with electrically folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors or a rear wiper as standard.

In fact, only the Turbo models come with a substantial list of equipment – as you’d expect of any car that costs considerably more than £120,000.

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Porsche 911 coupe reliability

Porsche had to fix a high-profile reliability problem with the GT3 after several cars caught fire due to a faulty engine part. Also, Porsche as a brand came towards the bottom in our most recent reliability survey. So, despite the solid-feeling interior, it seems the 911 is not free from mechanical issues. Repairs or replacement parts from a main dealer are expensive, too.

On the plus side, the 911 comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty covering all of its major mechanical parts (you can also pay extra for an extended warranty), plus you get three years’ European breakdown cover.

Porsche 911 coupe safety and security

Six airbags are standard, as is a sophisticated stability control system. There are also Isofix child seat-mounting points on each rear seat; an Isofix point on the front passenger seat is a cost option.

The options list doesn’t include some of the more advanced safety aids such as blindspot monitoring or lane-keeping assistance that are available on some rivals, but you can get adaptive cruise control, which will automatically apply the brakes if it senses an impending crash.

The 911 hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, so no scores are currently available. An engine immobiliser and an alarm are standard, but if you want more protection you can pay for Porsche’s vehicle tracking system, which makes it possible to trace stolen vehicles across most of Europe. Thankfully, the 911 will be a hard car to steal; security experts Thatcham Research awarded it five out of five for resisting being stolen and being broken into.

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Verdict

The Porsche 911 is a fantastic sports car and one of the few you can live with every day. Lower-end models are world-class and define the sports car category

  • Seriously rapid performance, whichever version you go for
  • Superb body control
  • Comparatively comfortable ride
  • Beautifully finished interior
  • Pretty practical
  • Stingy equipment list
  • Expensive options
  • Lots of road noise on the motorway
There are 9 trims available for the 911 coupe. Click to see details.See all versions
GT3
Equipment includes a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav and Bluetooth (but owners can delete this as a no-cost option), 20in alloy wheels, electric windows, climate control and a part-elec...View trim
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As standard, the Turbo comes with plenty of equipment, including Porsche's Sport Chrono Package, LED headlights, LED ambient interior lighting, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate contro...View trim
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GT3 RS
Unlike the ‘standard’ GT3, the RS version only comes with a PDK automatic gearbox. You do, however, get active rear steer, PASM dampers, the same sized wheels as the mad GT2 RS and far more aggress...View trim
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S
Over the standard Turbo, you get an extra 40bhp, a fractionally quicker 0-62mph time of 2.9sec (versus the Turbo’s 3.0sec) and a top speed of 205mph (7mph higher than the standard car). A dynamic b...View trim
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GT2 RS
As standard, you get the Club Sport Package, which includes carbonfibre-backed seats, lightweight door trims and a sports steering wheel. However, we would recommend specifying the Weissach package...View trim
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911
The entry-level 911 comes with 19in alloy wheels, leather seats, sat-nav and a DAB radio as standard. It’s our favourite version, although – at the very least – you’ll want to pay extra for cruise...View trim
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T
Equipment additions include a standard limited-slip differential, Porsche’s highly effective PASM adaptive damping system, 20in rims and the Sport Chrono Package, with its steering wheel-mounted mo...View trim
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S
Comes with 20in wheels, leather seats, sat-nav and a DAB radio as standard. However, you’ll want to pay extra for cruise control, parking sensors, heated seats and rain-sensing wipers...View trim
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GTS
It comes with a PDK automatic gearbox; a manual ’box is not available. The motorsport-influenced GT3 is cheaper and more sparsely equipped than the Turbo models, but it’s also more fun to drive...View trim
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