In many ways, the 2016 Porsche 911 is an ideal embodiment of the modern sports car. The 911 provides laser-sharp handling and tireless power, and it matches all this with a driving experience comfortable enough to make this Porsche a suitable fit for mundane daily commutes.
Porsche’s 911 is available as a coupe, a retractable-roof coupe (Targa) and a soft-top convertible (Cabriolet). For 2016, the Porsche 911 adds a couple of new models to the lineup: the Targa GTS and GT3 RS. A four-seat layout is standard in all 911s except GT3 and GT3 RS models, which come with just two seats.
Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (indicated by the presence of the number 4 in the trim descriptor) are available. Buyers can choose from seven engines, and a seven-speed manual transmission and seven-speed automated manual transmission are offered.
A whopping 25 trims are offered across a host of body configurations and drivetrains, and choices range from the base Carrera to the roster’s costliest offering, the Turbo S Cabriolet.
The 911’s sheet metal is instantly recognizable and genuinely iconic. In front, standard oval bi-xenon headlights gaze from above a body-colored bumper. A side view reveals robust standard 19-inch wheels anchoring a sinuous profile. Standard LED taillights are visible from the rear.
Base models come with LED rear fog lights, LED turn signals, daytime running lights, power-adjustable heated side mirrors and underbody paneling. Upgrades include 20-inch wheels, staggered wheels with a 20-inch-front/21-inch-rear layout, a power-retractable front splitter, a dual-mode sport exhaust system, black wheels and a black engine grille. Coupes are available with a sunroof.
Most Porsche 911 models seat four (two comfortably), but GT3 and GT3 RS models seat two. The car’s rear-engine configuration means the trunk is located in front, and it offers just over 4 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
The base 911 Carrera is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, four-way power-adjustable sport seats, split-folding rear-seat backrests, leather upholstery and LED interior lights and exit lights. Available features include simulated suede upholstery, black aluminum cabin accents and extended leather trim. Numerous customization options are offered.
The 2016 Porsche 911 offers thrilling performance from a broad lineup of engines. Carrera, Carrera Black Edition and Targa models come with a 3.4-liter flat-six engine providing 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. Carrera S and Targa S models come with 3.8-liter flat-six engine good for 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Carrera GTS and Targa GTS models are motivated by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine offering 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. GT3 models feature a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with 475 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Turbo models utilize a 3.8-liter flat six with 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The performance-focused GT3 RS gets a flat six good for 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Turbo S models feature a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Most trims are available as either coupes or convertibles and offer a choice of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. On most models, a seven-speed manual transmission is standard, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic offered as an option. The dual-clutch automatic is standard on GT3, GT3 RS, Turbo and Turbo S models.
Fuel economy varies based on engine, drivetrain and transmission. Rear-wheel drive Carrera models get 20/28 mpg city/highway with the automated manual. GT3 models get mileage of 15/20 mpg.
The base 911 Carrera comes with Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, a 7-inch color touch screen, a CD/DVD drive, MP3 compatibility and a nine-speaker sound system. You can upgrade your Porsche 911 with adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, HD radio, front and rear parking sensors and a premium 12-speaker sound system.