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2002 Porsche 911

  • 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $83,200
  • 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $80,200
  • 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $77,600
  • 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $67,900
  • 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      456/457
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $179,900
  • 2002 Porsche 911 Targa Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $75,200
  • 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      415/415
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $115,000
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2002 Porsche 911 Review

There is little not to like about this legendary sports car.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Porsche 911 is perhaps the world's most iconic sports cars, and is instantly recognizable. It has delivered a stunning performance over a period of many years, while at the same time acting as a luxury car. As such, it has a price tag to match. The 911 was originally introduced in 1965 and has undergone several different reincarnations since that time. The 2002 models have a horizontally-opposed, rear-mounted, six-cylinder engine producing a hefty amount of power under the hood. It's impossible not to like this car, especially if your wallet is deep enough to purchase it. Models for this year came fitted with a good number of standard features. This is just as well as Porsche does charge a lot for optional extras.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, cabriolet
Engines: 3.6-liter
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Targa, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche 911 GT2

What's New

In 2002, Porsche introduced the GT2, an even more powerful Porsche 911 Turbo with a massive price tag to match. Other new introductions for this year included a change to the styling on the front of the cars, and the inclusion of a bigger engine. Interior updates included a new option of a Bose stereo. This came as part of a package that included a six-disc CD changer, a lockable glove box, and a single cup holder. The cabriolet received a new glass rear window.

Porsche also reintroduced the Targa model for this year. In 2002, the basic shape remained the same as the car had been redesigned in 1999. It's a pretty big car to look at, and 2002 models are even wider and sleeker than before.

Exterior

The exterior of the Porsche 911 is very elegantly styled. The Carrera and Targa models are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and performance tires, but have the option of upgrading to 18 inch tires. These larger tires are fitted as standard on the Turbo and GT2 models.

Interior

The interior of the Porsche 911 is luxurious. It includes interior air filtration and climate control, cruise control, and a telescopic steering wheel. The steering wheel is covered in leather, and the shift knob has leather trim. There are dual illuminating vanity mirrors. As you'd expect, the seats are covered in leather. The drivers and passengers seat are two-way powered and height adjustable.

The rear seats are split-folding. The dashboard is beautifully laid out with gauges that are clean and easy to read; exactly as you'd expect from a German company. Although coupe models do have back seats, there is little point in trying to use them. They can be folded flat to create extra cargo space. The cabriolets have even less space since the soft top, which powers down at the touch of a button, actually folds behind the rear seats. This can be covered with a panel once lowered.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 models of the Porsche 911 are powered by a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine, and depending on the model, it's capable of producing anything between 415 horsepower up to 456 hp in the GT2 model. The GT2 model certainly packs a powerful punch as it is 221 pounds lighter than the other models. It is fitted with ceramic brake discs which are 50% lighter than ordinary discs. These offer extra braking ability which is just as well in a car this powerful.

The GT2 is only available with the manual gearbox, whereas the others are fitted with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. This enables drivers to change gears via switches on the steering wheel. It's a lot of fun to drive, which is partially due to the independent suspension. It handles admirably, hugging the road around corners, and of course there's plenty of power for overtaking.

Safety

Safety features include dual front side-mounted airbags, fog lights, and a four-wheel assisted braking system. There are front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and an emergency interior trunk release. The Porsche 911 is fitted with an electronic brake force distribution system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche 911 Carrera: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Porsche 911 Targa: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Porsche 911 Turbo: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Porsche 911 GT2: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Driving an iconic car
  • Luxurious interior and exterior
  • Incredible performance

You Won't Like

  • The price

Sum Up

There is little not to like about this legendary sports car.

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