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author photo by Autotrader March 2017

In the world of high-performance sports cars there is no more recognizable silhouette than that of the 2017 Porsche 911. Coveted for its performance abilities, styling and sheer driving pleasure, the Porsche 911 truly has no equal. One can't even talk about the 911 as a single car because Porsche offers such an enormous number of models and trims. The most basic 911, and its open air sidekicks, the Cabriolet and Targa, run the gamut from puritan performance machine to flamboyant exotic with a price tag to match. For 2017, a new, limited production 911 R joins the lineup.

What's New for 2017?

A new, limited edition 911 R is introduced this year, but has already sold out. Across the line, minor changes are made to styling and features, while the 3.8-liter boxer engine gains an additional 20 horsepower. A new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine replaces last year's 3.4-liter engine. 911 Turbo models gain the Sport Chrono Package and Dynamic Boost function as part of their standard equipment. All 911s gain Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), while options such are rear axle steering and Apple CarPlay make the option's list.

What We Like

Raw sporting ability; luxurious interior; classic 911 profile; extensive dealer network

What We Don't

Expensive; costly options; impractical back seats; relatively common

How Much?

$90,450-$220,000

Fuel Economy

The entry-level 911 comes with a 3.0-liter horizontally opposed twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that's good for 370 horsepower. The 911 S has the same engine but tuned for more power with 420 hp, while the GTS version puts out 450 hp. In the 911 R, displacement sits at 4.0-liters and hp moves to 500. A 7-speed manual transmission comes standard in 911 and 911 S cars, and the PDK dual-clutch automatic is optional. The 911 R uses a 6-speed manual.

We're not sure how often shoppers in this segment seriously consider fuel economy, but the 911 receives middling-to-decent figures. The base 911 Carrera and Carrera S with the PDK transmission are rated at 20-20 miles per gallon in the city and 30-28 mpg on the highway. The foul-weather-friendly Carrera 4 and 4S models are rated at 21 city/28 hwy. The 4 GTS earns a slightly lower 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with the manual and 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with the PDK. The 911 R with a 6-speed manual has not yet been rated by the EPA.

Turbo models send the fury of a 540-hp turbocharged, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine to all four wheels, with Turbo S models doing the same with an even more powerful 580-hp version of the same engine. Fuel economy drops as low as 19 mpg city/24 mpg hwy for the Turbo S. However, most people capable of affording a 911 probably won't mind paying for extra fuel.

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Porsche 911 comes in 21 trims: Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Targa 4, Targa 4S, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, GTS, GTS Cabriolet, 4 GTS , 4 GTS Cabriolet, Targa 4 GTS, 911 GT3, 911 R, Turbo, Turbo S, Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet.

Most of the differences among the models reside in their performance, as opposed to standard and optional equipment. Porsche provides an almost unlimited number of customization options, and many of them add tens of thousands of dollars to the bottom line.

The 911 Carrera ($90,450; $102,750, Cabriolet) has standard Bluetooth, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, HomeLink, iPod integration, power windows, dual-zone climate control, 19-in wheels, PASM, cruise control, heated side mirrors and keyless entry on the base 911.

The Carrera 4 ($97,350; $109,650, Cabriolet) is similarly equipped to the Carrera but adds all-wheel drive.

The Carrera S ($104,450; $116,750, Cabriolet) adds a more powerful 420-hp engine, 20-in wheels, adaptive dampers and a torque-vectoring rear differential.

The Carrera 4S ($111,350; $123,650, Cabriolet) is similarly equipped to the Carrera S but with all-wheel drive.

The Carrera Targa 4 ($109,650) adds all-wheel drive and a targa roof.

The Carrera Targa 4S ($123,650) adds a more powerful engine.

The Carrera GTS ($121,750; $134,050, Cabriolet) adds the Sport Chrono package, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) active damper suspension, bi-xenon headlights, the Porsche Dynamic Light System and a sport exhaust.

The Carrera 4 GTS ($128,650; $140,950, Cabriolet) is the same as the GTS but with all-wheel drive.

The Carrera Targa 4 GTS ($140,950) adds a removable targa-top roof panel.

The 911 GT3 ($131,395) adds a 500-hp engine and special track tuning for the suspension and steering.

The 911 R ($185,950) adds a 6-speed manual, the GT3 engine and suspension and body bits.

The 911 Turbo ($160,250; $172,550, Cabriolet) offers 540 hp, all-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, unique body and trim pieces, Bose audio and HID headlights.

The 911 Turbo S ($189,150; $201,450, Cabriolet) is the ultimate Porsche, adding 580 hp and more standard features.

Many of the standard features on the upper trims are optional on the lower ones. Porsche 911 options include ceramic-composite brakes, a carbon-fiber interior, an upgraded leather interior and dashboard, vent surrounds and door panels, adaptive cruise control, active suspension management, a heated steering wheel, adaptive sport bucket seats with natural leather, heated and ventilated front seats, a power moonroof (glass) or sunroof (metal), the upgraded Sport Chrono package and more.

Safety

With its nearly useless back seat, the safety features in the 911 focus on the driver and front-seat passenger. Both passengers have full-size head, knee and side airbags, as well as side-curtain airbags.

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the federal government has crash-tested the 2017 Porsche 911.

Behind the Wheel

Everything about driving the Porsche 911 makes you feel like a rock star. No matter how you equip it, the car is an absolute thrill to drive with its aggressive power delivery and ultra-tight handling. Steering is also among the most direct that we've ever experienced, despite Porsche's inclusion of an electrically assisted steering system. Inside, the cabin is comfortable and easy to navigate, and the car is intuitive to maneuver on enthusiastic drives. Whether you're looking for a comfortable cruiser, an exciting weekend warrior or a dedicated track toy, the 911 works as a one-size-fits-all solution -- that's if you have the budget, of course.

The only downside we see to driving a 911 is that the car feels larger and heavier than we expected. Porsche should be synonymous with small and light, but the 911 is neither.

Again, this all comes down to personal taste. If you're in the market for a scaled-down racer, it may be worthwhile to look at the Cayman S or the 2017 Boxer S. But if owning "the" Porsche is on your bucket list, the 911 is an easy choice.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Jaguar F-Type -- The F-Type offers a supercharged V8 with 575 hp for just over $100,000. There's a convertible model, too.

2017 Audi R8 -- Audi's V10-powered R8 costs about as much as a well-equipped 911 S, and it's just as athletic, too. Plus, the R8 has the exclusive appeal of much more expensive exotic cars.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 -- The 650-horsepower Z06 delivers more muscle than the most powerful 911 and more thrills than base models, and does so for a lot less money. It's a performance bargain.

Used Aston Martin DB9 -- A previously owned 2012-2014 Aston Martin DB9 offers a thrilling ride and a bit more exclusivity than the 911 for about the same price.

Autotrader's Advice

The sweet spot is in the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. With its 420 hp, legitimately premium interior and open-air experience, it's sure to give you a rush when you gun the accelerator, as well as delivering a generally pleasant ride for longer trips. The only consideration here is price, because with a starting price of around $117,000 and options that can push it well over $130,000, there are several interesting alternatives available. For the Porsche faithful, it's a slam dunk.

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