Pros: The ultimate 911; 4-wheel drive handy for best possible acceleration; still available with three pedals

Cons: Pricey, even for a 911; design starting to look old with new Carrera out; Turbo S only offered with PDK automatic

What's new: The 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo retains its previous bodystyle in its final model year before being redesigned. A new 918 Edition Turbo S model joins the lineup, available only to shoppers who sign up for the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder supercar.


To create the 911 Turbo, Porsche starts with the iconic 911 sports car. The brand combines a turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive, resulting in the ultimate 911. The 911 Turbo is offered as a coupe or convertible. There's also an even faster Turbo S version. That model now offers a 918 Edition for shoppers who have signed up for Porsche's upcoming 918 Spyder.

The base-level 911 Turbo uses a 500-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while Porsche's quick-shifting 7-speed dual clutch PDK automatic is optional. Also offered as a coupe or soft-top convertible, the 911 Turbo S makes 530 hp and includes PDK as standard equipment.

The 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo starts around $138,500, while the Turbo Cabriolet is closer to $150,000. The starting price of the faster Turbo S is around $161,500, while the range-topping Turbo S Cabriolet is around $173,000 before options. The new 918 Edition models roughly mirror the base prices of the Turbo S and Turbo S Cabriolet.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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