Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The 'entry-level' Porsche 911 Carrera delivers crushing straight-line pace (0-62mph takes just 4.2sec). With peak torque arriving at just 1900rpm, you could be mistaken for assuming the 3.0-litre engine doesn’t like to be revved. However, unlike so many modern turbocharged engines that run out of puff higher up in the rev range, the 911’s flat-six is utterly relentless all the way to its relatively heady 7500rpm limiter.
Indeed, it's so quick it makes the more powerful Carrera S and GTS options seem somewhat unnecessary. They lower the 0-62mph time if you stick with the standard eight-speed PDK automatic gearbox, although the manual 'box option could be more appealing if you value old-school interaction with the car. The Carrera and Carrera S are both available with optional four-wheel drive (look out for the '4' badge), but traction is so good on rear-wheel drive versions that the extra expense isn't really justified.
Suspension and ride comfort
All 911s come with adaptive suspension (PASM in Porsche speak) as standard, which means you can effectively change the stiffness of the suspension to suit the type of driving you're doing.
In the Carrera and Carrera S, the regular setting only works well around town, where it takes the sting out of sharp-edged bumps and prevents you from being jostled around too much.
Out on to the open road, you'll start to notice body control becoming surprisingly loose, with the car bucking and bouncing along any surface that isn't perfectly smooth. Switching to the firmer Sport setting stops this from happening and, to be frank, it's the setting we'd choose for most UK roads.