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1997 Porsche 911

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1997 Porsche 911 Review

Luxurious power, comfort, and finesse.

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The 1997 Porsche 911 is an automobile that is a pure delight to own; however, it is not for everyone. Operating this speed demon takes a lot of effort, and the clutch must be manipulated with great caution and skill. Once it's mastered, though, it provides an unrivaled experience. Drivers get the satisfaction of electrifying speed that's gained smoothly and effortlessly. It has been put together brilliantly, helping it to achieve flawless handling. Comfortable seating and a host of convenience features round out the qualities that make this a hard-to-beat luxury sports car.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.6-liter H-6, 3.6-liter H-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche 911 Turbo S

What's New

The 1997 Porsche 911 provides a child seat and has the capability of deactivating the passenger airbag.


The 1997 Porsche 911 have approximately a 168-inch length, 68-inch width, 52-inch height, and 89-inch wheelbase. It has a stunning appearance, both unique and stylish with mass appeal. The 911 features body-colored front and rear impact-absorbing bumpers, front fog lights, high pressure headlight cleaners, heated outside mirrors, a front lip spoiler, an extendable rear wing spoiler, an electric sliding sunroof, and tinted glass. Convertibles have power tops with automatic latching/unlatching, and 16-inch alloy wheels are the norm, although many different upgrades are possible.


The 1997 Porsche 911 is roomy enough to fit between two and four people. In the front, there are reclining leather bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a console that includes a storage box. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains illuminated gauges that are logically arranged for clear readability and conveniently located for easy operation. In the rear, there are two leather bucket seats, which are better suited to carry small amount of cargo, rather than people. It features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, automatic climate control, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player, removable control face, amplifier, and six speakers. Optional features include a cellular phone, CD player, and power front seats.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Porsche 911 comes standard with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that cranks out 282 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. An engine with nearly double the horsepower and torque is also available on some other models. Both engines are mated with either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, and acceleration is incredibly impressive. Zero to 60 mph can be accomplished in as quickly as four seconds, depending on the model. Top speed ranges from 170 to 180 mph and is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This setup provides a firm ride during both highway and city driving. Handling is superb, giving drivers the ability to gracefully maneuver in traffic and take corners with ease. Steering is responsive and predictable, allowing for precise control at all times.


The 1997 Porsche 911 is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche 911: 24/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Exceptional performance
  • Great handling
  • Beautiful appearance

You Won't Like

  • Cramped interior
  • Road noise

Sum Up

Luxurious power, comfort, and finesse.

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