The Porsche 911 is a classic car, with its iconic rear-mounted flat-six engine and its extraordinary handling. The 911’s iconic round headlights, Coke bottle-shaped grille, and sloped rump make it difficult to mistake it for other sports cars. You can climb into the perfectly-placed driver’s chair, engage one of its two fantastic transmissions, and Porsche’s legendary 2+2-seater will overwhelm you with its unparalleled performance attributes and feedback. You can choose from a coupe or convertible, with rear- or All-Wheel Drive. It can be customized to suit any taste thanks to the extensive options offered by the company. Although the Porsche 911 2021 is too costly for most enthusiasts, it’s still a worthy choice on our Editors’ Choice List.
What’s new for 2021?
Porsche introduces a few small updates to the 911 for 2021. The most notable update is the new Python Green paint. Standard 911 inherits the options of Turbo S and Turbo S versions, which are more powerful and more expensive. The 930 Leather package, which improves the interior and uses lightweight insulated glass to reduce noise and save weight, is one example. Porsche presents the 2021 911 with a programmable GPS system for the front-axle lift system. This allows the car to know when to raise its nose in specific places. The Sport Chrono package includes a digital tire temperature display, which can be found in the gauge cluster.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Based on our experience with many models, the Carrera 4S is our recommendation. We are happy with the S version’s 64 horsepower more than the standard Carrera. The manual transmission is also available, as well as the snappier PDK dual clutch automatic. The all-wheel drive system of the 4S will be appreciated by those who enjoy their 911 year round but must deal with the treacherous conditions that winter brings, such as us. It comes at a significant upcharge, and does not include wider rear fenders. They are now available on all models. Porsche’s a la carte options are a great advantage. It allows for a lot more customization, but can also quickly increase the already-high bottom line. The Sport Chrono package adds launch control, additional driving modes, and much more. Sport Seats Plus offer more support for the front, while the Sport package adds desirable performance hardware such as a lowered suspension, and a louder exhaust. The upgrade list would include ventilated front seats, heated, multi-function GT steering wheels, passive entry, heated, multifunction GT steering wheels, and Porsche’s Dynamic Light System Plus, which features automatic high beams and headlights that point in the same direction as the front tires.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
A twin-turbo flat-six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine is mounted in the 911 Carrera’s rear. The base model produces 379 horsepower and 331 pounds of torque. The S model generates 443 ponies, and 390 pounds. All Carreras come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts extremely fast. However, the S model comes with a seven-speed manual transmission. Base and S versions come standard with rear-wheel drives, but can be fitted with all-wheel drive for high-performance four-season driving. We have tested both the base Carrera and several variants of the Carrera S. Both proved to be very capable at the track, as well as its remarkable traction in adverse conditions. Every 911 is capable of astonishing acceleration regardless of its application. This is especially true when the launch control is used. Porsche’s optional sport exhaust system adds to the enjoyment by delivering a richer engine note. The 911 is more comfortable than ever, and even easier to drive. The 911’s steering is clear and communicative. Both the coupe and convertible offer better cornering grip and stability. The ride quality is surprising soft, despite the 911’s incredible body control that allows drivers to effortlessly switch between relaxed and more energetic cruising.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA estimates for 992-generation have dropped significantly compared to previous models. The automatics are the first to be discussed: Both the rear-drive 911 Carrera, Carrera S and all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 (including convertible versions) have a combined rating of 18 mpg in cities and 24 mpg highway. The ratings for the more powerful Carrera4S drop to 18 city and 23 highway. Manual-transmission models are rated one mpg lower in the city figures, and one mpg higher on the highway. An automatic-equipped CarreraS averaged 30 mpg on our 200-mile highway route, which simulates real-world fuel economy. This is 6 mpg more than its highway rating (EPA highway rating now lower) but the same as the 911.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The 911’s interior looks sophisticated, rather than complex. It has a mixture of buttons, knobs, touch-screen controls, and a large central cupholder. The gauge cluster is also a departure from the past, with mostly digital instruments replacing the analog ones. These screens can have issues with user experience and can be blocked from the steering wheel. However, the central tachometer still uses an analog needle that tracks the engine’s revs to its 7500-rpm mark. The 911’s low, supportive driving position and front seats are excellent. There is also a large range of adjustment on the steering wheel. Porsche could have used less piano-black trim in the center console and provided more interior cubby storage to give this iconic car a greater shifter than the one on automatic-equipped models. The 911 still offers seating for four, but the small back seats are just as inhospitable to adults today as they were in the early 1960s when 911s were first introduced.
Infotainment & Connectivity
Each 911 comes with a 10.9 inch touchscreen built into the middle portion of the dashboard. The center screen features buttons and voice commands on the steering wheel. There are also rotary push-button controls in the console. While the infotainment system can support Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto is not available. Two high-end surround sound systems are available from Porsche, a Bose 12-speaker stereo and a Burmester 13-speaker stereo.