The iconic Porsche 911 is perhaps the best-known face for this German sports car brand. Even as the Porsche line has expanded to now include SUVs and a sedan, the timeless 911 in all its many permutations remains the defining model for this award-winning marque.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Porsche 911 coupe starts at $89,400 (plus a $1,050 destination charge) for the base 911 Carrera. The Porsche 911 is available in 22 trim levels, topping out at $200,400 for the Turbo S Cabriolet. Half the models offered are cabriolets, priced from $101,700. Four-wheel drive (4S) models are priced from $110,300.

Standard equipment for the model tested included:

  • Seven-speed automated manual transmission
  • Distinctive 19-inch, five-spoke Carrera alloy wheels
  • Simulated suede steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Four-wheel power sport seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity

Performance Pros

Porsche 911
  • Every 911 is fast, ranging from standard sports car quickness to blistering and outrageous on-track performance. There’s a model to sate your need for speed across the entire 911 range.
  • If you prize speed above everything else, then you’ll opt for the dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission over the manual gearbox. PDK-equipped models with Sport Chrono shave a few tenths of a second off of already robust 0-to-60 mph times.
  • Advanced technologies such as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) systems raise the 911’s driving experience when equipped accordingly. Our testers found the first system allows for an adjustment to the suspension system and the second system uses anti-roll bars to control roll stiffness.

Performance Cons

Our editors were not keen on the electromechanical power steering system, which they found “accurate and nicely weighted” while at the same time falling short of the hydraulic-powered systems found in older 911s.

Interior Pros

Porsche 911
  • The cabin is quiet, spacious and provides ample room for two. The Porsche 911 supplies enough room for your soft weekend getaway bags in the front trunk.
  • Simple and clear gauges mark the 911’s interior with key design elements accented by aluminum. A seemingly unlimited number of customization choices provide a level of personalization that few other manufacturers match.
  • While the standard Bose surround sound audio system is certainly laudable, the available Burmester High-End surround sound system may be the best one on the market, delivering concert hall quality sound throughout the cabin.

Interior Cons

The back seat seems merely an afterthought, with virtually no legroom to speak of. On the other hand, belt in those extra bags and you'll enjoy additional storage space.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Apple CarPlay comes to the Porsche 911. The voice control feature makes it easy make phone calls while navigating the twistiest turns. You can also compose text messages and have CarPlay read out incoming messages.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Its nearly impossible to find fault with the Porsche 911. One note to keep in mind: the top-of-the-line GT3 RS as well as the GT3 are the two 911 models subject to the federal government’s gas guzzler tax.

The Bottom Line

The Porsche 911 is the quintessential sports car, its iconic design recognized the world over. Most car shoppers will find this model unattainable given its near guaranteed six-figure price tag, but that won’t stop them from dreaming or exploring the used 911 market. Fortunately, both the Boxster and Cayman are delicious alternatives and cost nearly half as much.