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2008 Porsche 911 Coupe

2dr Cpe Carrera

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  • $73,500 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Porsche 911 Coupe

All of the overtly styled 2008 Porsche 911 variants offer the performance to back up their seductive, classic shapes, with 0-60 times ranging from around five seconds on non-S Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models to only 3.7 seconds on the Turbo. The 911 is also surprisingly practical for an exotic sports car, with fold-down rear seats to expand the cargo area, plus a second cargo area in front. All-wheel-drive models also offer great all-weather traction and can be driven year-round.

What's new for 2008?

Joining Porsche's ever-expanding 911 model lineup for 2008 is the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, bringing the 911 Turbo's engine to the Cabriolet body style.

Model Strengths

  • High-performance attributes
  • greater practicality than other sports cars
  • available all-wheel drive.

Model Review

Porsche's family of rear-engine 911 sport cars is now available in three power levels for 2008--standard, S, and Turbo--and in three body styles--Coupe, Targa, and Cabriolet.

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Review: 2008 Porsche 911 GT2

Source: MSN Autos

The 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 is the most powerful (530 horsepower) and fastest (204 mph) 911 ever. With a sticker of $191,700, it's also the priciest. Porsche will build only 1500 GT2's, and just 200 are headed stateside beginning in February 2008.

Likely the last iteration of the current "997" 911 lineup, the GT2 fleshes out the revamp begun in 2005 with the latest 911 Carrera and Carrera S coupes. These were followed by the Cabriolets (convertibles, aka "Cabs"), the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and 4S, the 4/4S Cabs, the 911 Turbo, the sliding-glass-roofed Targa 4 and 4S (hold on, we're almost there...), the race-bred GT3 and GT3 RS, and the Turbo Cab.

A purist's delight, an over-simplified description of the GT2 is a rear-wheel-drive 911 Turbo. Though lacking the Turbo's all-wheel-drive system, the GT2 draws from a number of 911 models to create one of the world's most stunning every-day supercars. We recently had a chance to drive the new GT2 (with a 911 Turbo on hand for comparison), at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

Sweet Parts Bin
The GT2 chassis is an amalgam of the Carrera 4's body structure and the outer shell of a 911 Turbo. The suspension has been lowered an inch compared to the standard 911, spring rates are stiffer all around, the rear suspension/driveline gets beefed up, and several of its bushings are now metal instead of rubber.

The mildly flamboyant rear wing is fixed, and features ram-air intakes for the rear-mounted engine. In combination with the deeper and hood-vented front air dam, these aero tweaks are said to produce "significant increases in front and rear downforce."

The GT2 uses a modified version of the 911 Turbo's 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged horizontally opposed ("Boxer") 6-cylinder engine. For duty in the GT2, a unique "expansion-charge" intake manifold has been created for this force-fed engine. Combined with more boost (20 psi vs. the Turbo's 14.5 psi), the GT2 mill delivers its 530 horsepower peak at 6500 rpm, flanked by a 505 lb-ft torque plateau from 2200-4500 rpm. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission option.

Corralling all that juice is a first for a GT2 model: Porsche's active suspension setup (PASM), and stability control system (PSM) are both standard. PSM has two aspects (stability control and traction control) which can be sequentially defeated - just make sure you have your (likely ample) finances in order before turning off both completely. There's little incentive to do so, since PSM allows so much leeway before intervention that on the street most owners will never even notice these potentially priceless safety nets.

As in the GT3, the GT2's interior gets suede-like Alcantara trim, and the back seat is history. The interior highlight is new standard sport bucket seats. Essentially lightweight racing shells for the street, the carbon-fiber-trimmed perches both recline and flop forward, feature manual fore-aft adjustment, and include a side (thorax) airbag module to complement the standard side-curtain airbags. For those whose wealth includes girth, the sybaritic Adaptive Sport leather seats are a no-cost option.

With a surprisingly thrifty 16/23 (city/hwy) EPA mpg rating, the GT2 betters in efficiency such plebeian conveyances as the Honda Pilot (16/22), avoiding the gas-guzzler tax in the process. The stunning (and organ-shifting) Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are standard, as are unique 19-inch wheels sporting steamroller-width 325/30 Michelin rubber out back.

Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
So how does all this work? Brilliantly. Unlike the sometimes detached, along-for-a-blindingly-fast-ride feeling you can get in the Turbo, the GT2 feels more of a piece, more tactile, and more connected to the pavement. It also provides crisper feedback through the wheel - sensations which may be muted by the otherwise transparent all-wheel-drive system in the Turbo.

Throttle response is more immediate than in the Turbo, with almost no sense of turbo lag. The GT2's tauter chassis seems more natural in a car with this much power, and its suspension better planted yet suppler at the same time. With steering directly wired into precise responses, the GT2 sliced through Daytona's infield road course exhibiting sharp turn-in response and truly prodigious amounts of mechanical grip.

Unleashed on Daytona's high-banking, the GT2 lunged forward on concussive bolts of thrust, drawn from what felt like an endless skein of acceleration. As if rushing along the inner circumference of a tire, the banked tarmac unreeled from the headliner while the two turbos whistled chilling harmonics in a Le Mans-inspired wail. Front-end stability at ludicrous speeds felt superior to the Turbo's, and as the car hammered off the banking towards Daytona's start/finish line it was still pulling hard at 165 mph.

Every-Day Supercar, Everyday Drivability
The GT2 has made a giant leap forward in civility and everyday drivability, thanks to its new seat options and the inclusion of electronic safety-nets - a boon for more-money-than-brains bloodlines. For those who live to drive (and if it doesn't snow where you live), this is the turbocharged 911 of choice. For true enthusiasts, the GT2 may be the most satisfying version in the iconic lineup, and the finest 911 ever.

A former editor at Cycle World and Sportbike, Paul Seredynski has also handled media relations for Kawasaki's World Superbike team and Porsche Cars North America.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 10 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Porsche Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The Porsche Approved Certified Limited Warranty comprises two distinct limited warranty coverages.
  1. The limited warranty covers up to 6 years or a cumulative 100,000 miles/160,000 kilometers, whichever comes first if the vehicle is still under the new car limited warranty.
  2. The limited warranty covers 2 years from the date of sale, up to 50,000 miles/ 80,000 kilometers to a cumulative 100,000 miles/ 160,000 kilometers from the current mileage on the odometer at the time of purchase.
The Porsche Approved Certified Pre-owned Limited Warranty offers full peace of mind. Porsche Cars NA will repair or replace with new or remanufactured part any factory installed part that is faulty in material or workmanship under normal use. This limited warranty covers all parts of the following components:
  • Engine
  • Fuel / Cooling system
  • Power train / transmission
  • Suspension / Steering
  • Brake system
  • Heating / Air conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Body
  • Comfort Electronics
Age/Mileage Eligibility 8 yrs from original service date/under 100k miles
Lease Term Certified N/A
Point Inspection A comprehensive checklist with over 111+ quality criteria is used for this purpose. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Porsche is in perfect condition, both mechanically and visually.
Return/Exchange Program N/A
Roadside Assistance With the purchase or lease of each Porsche Approved vehicle, the owner will receive the advantages of the Porsche 24-Hour Roadside Assistance program for the duration of the Porsche Approved Limited Warranty coverage.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Should you wish to sell your Porsche, you will also benefit from the Pre-owned Porsche Warranty. The remaining balance of the warranty is transferred to the new owner. And this will undoubtedly increase the value of your vehicle.
Warranty Deductible No

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