Raw sporting ability; luxurious interior; classic 911 profile; extensive dealer network
Expensive; costly options; impractical back seats; relatively common
New models updates include the 911 Turbo, Turbo S and GT3, with the Turbo and Turbo S in cabriolet form, as well. A 50th Anniversary model is also new for 2014.
The sweet spot is in the 911 S Cabriolet. With its 400 hp, legitimately premium interior and open-air experience, it's sure to give you a rush when you gun the accelerator, as well as a generally pleasant ride for longer trips. The only consideration here is price, because with a starting price around $112,000 and options that can push it well over $130,000, there are several interesting alternatives available. But for the Porsche faithful, it's a slam-dunk.
The 2014 Porsche 911 comes in 14 trims: Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 50th Anniversary, GT3, 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, many of them adding 10s of thousands of dollars to the bottom line.
The 911 Carrera ($85,250; $97,150, Cabriolet), Bluetooth, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, HomeLink and iPod integration are all standard on the base 911, as are power windows, dual-zone climate control, 19-inch wheels, cruise control, heated side mirrors and keyless entry.
The Carrera 4 ($91,980; $103,880, Cabriolet) is similarly equipped to the Carrera but adds all-wheel drive.
The Carrera S ($99,850; $111,750, Cabriolet) adds a more powerful 400-hp engine, 20-in wheels, adaptive dampers and a torque-vectoring rear differential.
The Carrera 4S ($106,580; $118,480) is similarly equipped to the Carrera S but with all-wheel drive.
The Carrera 50th Anniversary ($125,050) gets a boost in horsepower plus more standard features, such as a power adjustable steering column and memory for the power seat, as well as some retro touches and unique interior and exterior trim.
The 911 GT3 ($131,350) adds a 475-hp engine and special track tuning for the suspension and steering.
The 911 Turbo ($149,250; $161,695, Cabriolet) offers 520 hp, a fix rear wind, all-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, unique body and trim pieces, Bose audio and HID headlights.
The 911 Turbo S ($201,645; $194,895) is the ultimate Porsche, adding 560 hp and more standard features.
Many of the features standard on the upper trims are optional on the lower ones. Porsche 911 options include ceramic composite brakes, carbon fiber interior, upgraded leather interior including dashboard, vent surrounds and door panels, adaptive cruise control, active suspension management, heated steering wheel, adaptive sport bucket seats with natural leather, heated and ventilated front seats, power moonroof (glass) or sunroof (metal) and the Sport Chrono package -- and the list goes on for days.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
BMW 6 Series -- While not as aggressive as the Porsche, the BMW 6 Series offers a roomier and more comfortable interior in a generally sporty touring car.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray -- The Stingray delivers up more horsepower and more thrills than the base 911 cars but for a lot less money. It's a performance bargain in anyone's book.