2000 Porsche 911

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2000 Porsche 911 Review

Famously powerful, prestigious, and pricey.

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Overview

As Porsche’s flagship model, the 2000 Porsche 911 continues to offer the legendary speed and prestige that have made it one of history’s most iconic sports cars.

For 2000, the rear-engine 911 can be had as a hardtop coupe or soft-top Cabriolet convertible and in rear-drive Carrera or all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 trims. The 911 is easily recognizable for its retro-inspired fastback shape, though some car enthusiasts have lamented that the design is too similar to the lower-priced Porsche Boxster. Regardless, it’s hard to find too much fault with the sleek and powerful Porsche 911.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Carrera 4

What's New

For 2000, the Porsche 911 gets more high-tech thanks to a few new upgrades. All 911 models receive a small boost in horsepower from a new exhaust system. In addition, rear-drive Carreras now come with the electronic throttle control already standard on AWD Carrera 4 models. A previously-optional charcoal air filter has been made standard for both new trims, while two new standard exterior paint colors join the lineup. Along with the performance enhancements, the 2000 Porsche 911 has also been given a subtly redesigned interior.

Exterior

The 2000 Porsche 911 features the model’s traditional exaggerated fastback, curved hood, and round headlamps. Convertible models, known as Cabriolets, come standard with a power-folding soft top and a tight-fitting hardtop cover.

Standard exterior features on Carrera convertibles include 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window defroster, and a rear spoiler. Carrera coupes add a power sunroof. Carrera 4 models gain an air dam, tinted glass, and, in coupes only, a limited-slip rear differential.

Individual options include 18-inch Sport Design wheels, 18-inch Turbo Look wheels, 18-inch Sport Classic wheels, xenon headlamps, headlight cleaners, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear window wiper, metallic paint, and a roof rack. In addition to 11 standard exterior paint colors, Porsche 911 models can be upgraded with special factory paint.

Interior

The interior of the 2000 Porsche 911 retains a vintage-inspired feel, but has been updated with a more modern layout and luxuries such as soft-touch grain trim and aluminum trim. All versions of the 911 come standard with leather upholstery, bolstered front bucket seats, keyless entry, a lighted entry system, a leather-trimmed telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, power steering, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, power windows, power locks, power heated mirrors, and a sound system with a cassette player.

Both 911 trims are available with a long list of individual options, including heated front seats, cloth seats, vinyl seats, a power front passenger seat, a power driver’s seat with memory settings, premium leather seat trim, alloy instrument dials, painted instrument dials, an alloy- and carbon-trimmed shift knob, special interior trim, auto-dimming mirrors, a CD player, a CD changer, a trip computer, and a navigation system.

The 2000 Porsche 911 is capable of seating four people, though Porsche only provides interior dimensions for front passengers. Front occupants receive 38.0 inches of headroom, 41.6 inches of legroom, and 51.7 inches of shoulder room. With all seats in place, cargo capacity is a measly 4.4 cubic feet. However, in coupe models, rear seats can be folded flat to increase cargo space to 11.7 cubic feet. In Cabriolet versions, the power-operated soft top folds automatically behind the back seat.

Performance & Handling

All 2000 Porsche 911 models get a 3.4-liter V-6 engine pumping out 300 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both trims and body styles come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, which can be swapped out for a five-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox that allows for driver-selected shifts.

Though very similar in build to the lower-priced and lower-powered Porsche Boxster, the Porsche 911 offers an elevated level of performance thanks to a sophisticated independent suspension featuring a MacPherson front setup and a multilink rear design. Stability can be enhanced further by opting for the Carrera 4, which comes standard with AWD and a Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system. Large brakes, big tires, and ideal weight distribution allow for best-in-class braking speeds. Unlike other AWD-equipped vehicles, the Carrera 4 is best suited to dry conditions. Though the drive system improves handling in all weather, its main purpose is to increase performance and safety at high speeds.

One drawback to the powerful Porsche 911 is its characteristically noisy ride. However, wind and engine noise are no louder than in the typical high-performance car.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on 2000 Porsche 911 coupes and convertibles includes driver and passenger front airbags, front side airbags with head protection, airbag sensors, side-impact door beams, antilock brakes, and stability control. Traction control is optional for both trims. Crash test data is unavailable for 2000 Porsche 911 models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche 911 Carrera: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Porsche 911 Carrera 4: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Thrilling performance
  • Iconic prestige
  • Sleek style
  • Available AWD

You Won't Like

  • Cramped interior
  • Noisy ride
  • Pricier than some rivals

Sum Up

Famously powerful, prestigious, and pricey.

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