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2003 Porsche 911

  • 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $84,000
  • 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $81,800
  • 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $78,400
  • 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $68,600
  • 2003 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      456/457
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $181,700
  • 2003 Porsche 911 Targa Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/273
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $76,000
  • 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      415/415
    • ENGINE
      3.6L H6
    • MSRP
      $116,200
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2003 Porsche 911 Review

All the driving fun with outstanding quality.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Porsche 911 carries on the tradition of a beloved, admired, and desired high performance sports dream car. Ranging from strong base models to outlandish Turbo and GT2 models with great performance, there is nothing this car lacks in the way of providing driving thrills. Well-built and amazing to drive, it will please even the most jaded driving enthusiasts. Aside from some minor details of the interior, it is a near-perfect machine.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2003 Porsche 911 finally installs a CD player as standard gear. Meanwhile, five horsepower went missing in non-Turbo models, meaning output is slightly lowered to 315 horsepower now.

Exterior

The 2003 Porsche 911 is offered in six models: the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 Coupe and Carrera 4 Cabriolet, the Carrera Coupe and Carrera Cabriolet, the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT2.The list of options is overwhelming, and the stability control (PSM) option, which can help prevent the car from skidding or spinning out of control is highly recommended, especially for non-pro drivers.

Interior

The 2003 Porsche 911's interior offers many options as well and is generally nice but could be called the Achilles heel. Some of the trim pieces do not belong in a car in this price range. While there is a backseat, it can get quite uncomfortable for long drives.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Porsche 911 base models comes with a standard 3.6-liter, rear-mounted, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine that makes 315 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine in the Turbo trims has been tweaked to crank out 415 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The GT2 offers a truly powerful 456 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque in a car that shaves off 221 pounds. This street legal racecar is only available in rear drive and without Porsche's stability control system. That means that only very skilled drivers should consider putting a GT2 in the garage. All models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed Tiptronic S automanual transmission except for the high performance GT2. Naturally, that model is only available with the manual gearbox. All-wheel drive is standard on Carrera 4 and Turbo models. Performance is part of the idea while the other's handling, and the base models run the zero-to-60-mph sprint in five seconds with a manual gearbox and a half second slower with the automatic. The Turbo and GT2 will snap a consumer's neck doing the same run in 4.1 seconds.

The 2003 Porsche 911 has a strong handling side. The steering offers a great feel and much feedback, it handles twists and turns with ease and will even be well-mannered in sedate driving situations, unlike other high-powered sports cars. The only way that it's unpleasant to drive is in rush hour traffic with a manual-equipped model. Its heavy clutch will give a workout as much as any piece of weight room equipment. The automatic gearbox is recommended if a consumer is going to be using it as a daily driver.

Safety

The 2003 Porsche 911 is equipped with such standard safety as side airbags and anti-lock brake system. Stability control is standard on the Carrera 4 and Turbo trims and is optional on all models except for the GT2. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has performed crash tests, meaning that driving enthusiasts and wealthy buyers will have to take the safety gear list at face value when deciding if occupants are well-enough protected in a car that is close to being a street-legal race car.

EPA Fuel Economy

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

You'll Like

  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Reputation

You Won't Like

  • Really pricey options
  • Interior quality doesn’t match price

Sum Up

All the driving fun with outstanding quality.

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