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Porsche 911: Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?

The latest Porsche 911 is a revised version of the 991-generation 911, which originally went on sale for the 2012 model year. Although there aren’t too many changes on the outside, the biggest news is under the hood.

Yes, it’s still in the back, and yes, it’s still a flat-6. All 911 models will now be turbocharged, from the base version all the way up to the high-performance 911 Turbo. The base-level Carrera offers a 370-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder (up from 350 hp today), while the sporty Carrera S touts a 420-hp version of the same engine, an increase of 20 hp.

Besides the new engines, not much has changed for the most recent 911. Exterior updates are subtle and primarily consist of a slightly revised front fascia, updated wheel designs and a new rear bumper. A 7-speed manual transmission remains standard, while Porsche’s lightning-quick Doppelkupplung (PDK) is optional. Although the automaker hasn’t announced it yet, we expect to see all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and 4S variants coming out in the next few months.

How Much?

Base models will start at $89,400, while the Carrera S starts around $103,400. Drop-top versions are $101,700 and $115,700, respectively.

When Can You Get It?

March 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

This updated version of the Porsche 911 is the latest in a lineage of some of the best sports cars of all time. It represents a huge shift from the brand’s naturally aspirated base engine, a design used since the 1960s, to newly standard turbocharged power. If we know Porsche, this tweak will only mean good things for performance, refinement and gas mileage. Although we can’t tell you if the new 911 is better than the outgoing one until we drive it, let’s just say Porsche isn’t a company known for rolling out new models worse than outgoing versions.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 BMW 6 SeriesBMW’s 6 Series is a more relaxed boulevard cruiser than the 911. If you don’t need the 911’s performance, consider the 6 Series for its handsome looks, cheaper pricing and larger interior.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette — Although the rough-around-the-edges Corvette was once no match for the 911, that’s no longer the case. The latest Corvette offers improved refinement, a lot of equipment and impressive performance.

2016 Porsche Boxster and Cayman — Porsche’s midengine models offer most of the thrill of a 911 without the expensive price tag. They only offer two seats, but the 911’s back seats are so small that it’s practically a 2-seater, as well.

Used Audi R8Audi’s head-turning R8 supercar is one of our favorite exotics thanks to handsome styling, a modern interior and powerful engines. Prices are steep though, so you may need to consider a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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