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1995 Porsche 911 Review
Incredible performance and luxury combine.
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The 1995 Porsche 911 is much like every other model year in that small changes have been made, but the pure performance aspect of Porsche remains. Since its introduction, it has exemplified luxury combined with sport. The sport remains with the famed air-cooled Boxer engine and a handling package that allows the Porsche to whip around gracefully and slice through traffic. The luxury is still there with plenty of standard and available features to make the ride comfortable.
Engines: 3.6-liter H-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Carrera 4
The 1995 Porsche 911 gets some upgrades for this model year. The optional automatic transmission is now a Tiptronic automanual that allows the driver to change gears on the console or through buttons on the steering wheel. Advanced tuning over the last year has coaxed 23 more horsepower out of the engine. The suspension has been given a makeover to give a better ride. The outside gets a bit of a makeover, but it still looks pretty much the same.
The Porsche 911 hasn’t changed all that much since its introduction in 1963. Minor updates have been made over that time, but the overall look is the same. It isn’t deviating from that path, and the front end is aerodynamic but still has the trademark front fenders with headlights imbedded that give it a mildly bug-eyed look. The long, sloping rear end also stays put. This unique shape is not merely a trademark look, but is also highly functional, as it has one of the lowest drag coefficients of any production vehicle. This allows it to slip quickly through the air and draw plenty of speed from an engine that is rather modest. The available rear spoiler blends with the body nicely.
The 1995 Porsche 911 is sold as a 2+2 coupe, but the back seat is really not suitable for anything other than dogs, small children, and cargo. Up front, the driver and passenger get treated with plenty of features and conveniences. Standard seating is cloth, but the leather seating that is available is stylish as well as comfortable, a rarity in leather seats. Power features include a sunroof, heated mirrors, door locks, and windows. Standard features include air-conditioning, automatic climate control, an AM/FM/Cassette audio system, and cruise control. There are plenty of optional features including power seats, an AM/FM/CD system, a CD changer, heated seats, leather door panels, and a trip computer. The ride is slightly stiff due to the recently updated suspension.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Porsche 911 is built around efficient performance. While it doesn’t have the pure overwhelming power of some of its competition, it can still keep up in the straight line and handles extremely well in the curves. The 270-horsepower six-cylinder engine gets the 911 up to 60 mph in only 5.2 seconds. In contrast, the Ferrari F355 makes it to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, but it needs 375 horsepower to do so. The recently updated suspension produces a vehicle that is stable and agile, at the cost of a slightly stiff ride for the passengers. The steering is a little stiff and requires a bit of effort, but reacts quite well to allow it to be wonderful through curves and traffic. The Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 convertible add a whole new aspect of performance with the addition of four-wheel drive. While this is not the sort of four-wheel drive that will allow for off-roading, it is the sort that provides better grip on take-off as well as the ability to drive with more confidence in poor weather. It can also make cornering more entertaining, and the handling does not suffer.
The 1995 Porsche 911 comes with standard driver and passenger front airbags as well as four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Its structure has also been reinforced for better side impact protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche 911, 3.6-liter H-6, six-speed manual: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Wonderful performance from a modest engine
- Luxurious interior
- Will retain its value for years
You Won't Like
- Exterior styling has always been love-it-or-hate-it
- The likely speeding tickets
Incredible performance and luxury combine.
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