Raw sporting ability; luxurious interior; classic 911 profile; extensive dealer network
Expensive; costly options; impractical back seats; relatively common
Two new models are introduced for 2016: the 911 Targa GTS and 911 GT3 RS. See the 2016 Porsche 911 models for sale near you
The sweet spot is in the 911 Carrera 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 delivering a generally pleasant ride for longer trips. The only consideration here is price, because with a starting price of around $112,000 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. Find a Porsche 911 for sale
The 2016 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, 4 GTS, GTS Cabriolet, 4 GTS Cabriolet, Targa GTS, GT3, GT3 RS, 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 ($85,295; $97,195, Cabriolet) has standard Bluetooth, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, HomeLink, iPod integration, power windows, dual-zone climate control, 19-inch wheels, cruise control, heated side mirrors and keyless entry on the base 911.
The Carrera 4 ($92,025; $103,925, Cabriolet) is similarly equipped to the Carrera but adds all-wheel drive.
The Carrera S ($99,895; $111,795, Cabriolet) adds a more powerful 400-hp engine, 20-in wheels, adaptive dampers and a torque-vectoring rear differential.
The Carrera 4S ($106,625; $118,525, Cabriolet) is similarly equipped to the Carrera S but with all-wheel drive.
The Carrera Targa 4 ($102,595) adds all-wheel drive and a targa roof.
The Carrera Targa 4S ($117,195) adds a more powerful engine.
The Carrera GTS ($115,195; $127,095, 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 ($121,895; $133,795, Cabriolet) is the same as the GTS but with all-wheel drive.
The Carrera 4 Targa GTS ($121,855) adds a removable targa-top roof panel.
The 911 GT3 ($131,395) adds a 475-hp engine and special track tuning for the suspension and steering.
The 911 GT3 RS ($176,895) deletes a number of the GT3's luxury upgrades in order to reduce weight. A 500-hp 4.0-liter engine is added, as is a wider track.
The 911 Turbo ($151,995; $163,995, Cabriolet) offers 520 hp, all-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, unique body and trim pieces, Bose audio and HID headlights.
The 911 Turbo S ($183,695; $195,595, Cabriolet) is the ultimate Porsche, adding 560 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 Sport Chrono package and more.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray -- The Stingray delivers more hp and more thrills than base 911 models, but 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.