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1998 Porsche 911 Review
A classic Porsche in its own right.
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The 1998 Porsche 911 is one of the longest running, most well-known high performance vehicles on the market. With sleek and graceful styling, it is immediately recognizable. The performance offered is high across the board with excellent acceleration, maneuverability, and braking. Drivers that have the opportunity to drive at high speeds are going to enjoy the results immensely, although using it as a day-to-day vehicle does not make good use of its talents.
The 1998 Porsche 911 is no slouch when it comes to comfort either. The interior is fairly well appointed, even on the lowest priced models. Drivers willing to spend the extra money on options can get many features that are normally only commonly found on luxury sedans. The only downside is the relatively small interior, but this is a standard issue with almost every high-performance vehicle on the market. The small interior is a result of the small body needed to attain the higher levels of performance and maneuverability.
The 1998 Porsche 911 is sometimes stereotyped as being a toy for the wealthy. While not universally true, it is not completely wrong either; it's an expensive vehicle. Even if cost is not an issue, luxury sedans in the same price range offer more for drivers going at any speed limit most are likely to encounter. The Porsche 911 only really excels when it is fully opened up, well beyond normal speed limits or driving conditions. It still performs effectively under normal driving conditions, but it is a vehicle better suited for weekend escapades to areas where drivers are not bound by speed limits, traffic, or normal driving rules and regulations.
Engines: 3.6-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche 911 Carrera Targa
The 1998 Porsche 911 offers almost no change from the previous year’s model due to the redesign in 1999.
The 1998 Porsche 911 is a sleek, graceful vehicle that is available as either a coupe or convertible. Alloy wheels and a rear spoiler are standard features. An aero kit, litronic headlamps, and metallic paint are available as optional features.
The 1998 Porsche 911 is built primarily for performance, but the interior is fairly comfortable and features are high quality. Standard features includes power windows, power locks, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, power sunroof, cruise control, automatic climate control, and a cassette player. Meanwhile, optional features include leather trim, leather seating, heated seating, CD player, CD changer, hi-fi audio system, trip computer, built in cellular phone, auto-dim rearview mirror, power driver seat, and wood interior trim. Excluding the smaller interior size, a fully-loaded model can give many luxury sedans a run for its money in terms of comfort.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Porsche 911 has excellent performance and handling in every area. Acceleration is fast and boasts an impressive top speed. Steering is easy and smooth, avoiding the usual pitfalls experienced by many other high-performance vehicles. Braking is also excellent, which is a necessity.
However, 1998 Porsche 911's high performance does come at a price. Unlike more standard powered vehicles, it requires a greater amount of skill on the part of the driver. This is not a unique feature but something inherent to any vehicle with this range of performance. Even at lower speeds, the driver still needs to put more effort into controlling it than a lower-powered vehicle.
The 1998 Porsche 911 has standard equipment such as dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Similar to most high performance vehicles, the biggest safety feature is performance. Its high acceleration and maneuverability should allow a skilled driver to avoid accidents that would be unavoidable for many other vehicles. However, the downside is that unskilled drivers can easily lose control of the vehicle. In large part, the safety of the Porsche 911 is based on how well the driver can actually handle it.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche 911 six-speed manual: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- High performance
- Excellent quality
- Attractive design
You Won't Like
- High price
- Small rear seat
- Small amount of cargo room
A classic Porsche in its own right.
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