The Porsche 911 is considered by many car enthusiasts to be the ""true"" Porsche because of its direct link to the original 1950 Porsche 356. First introduced to the market in 1965, the Porsche 911 is now a perpetual classic that is coveted by enthusiasts all over the world.
The Porsche 911 features unique styling that doesn’t have front trailing arms or rear swing axles like the Porsche 356, even though it kept the 356-style torsion bars. The Porsche 911 is the first road-going Porsche with more than four cylinders and an engine supported at both ends: by a transverse mount in the back and a transaxle in the front.
There are 11 versions of the 2004 Porsche 911 besides the 40th Anniversary Carrera coupe: the all-wheel-drive Porsche Turbo coupe and Porsche Cabriolet, the limited production Porsche GT2 and Porsche GT3, the rear-wheel-drive Carrera coupe, the all-wheel-drive Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet, the Porsche 4S coupe and the Porsche 4S Cabriolet, the all-wheel-drive Carrera coupe, and the Porsche Targa coupe and Cabriolet.
Body Styles: convertible, coupe
Engines: 415-hp, 3.6-liter H-6, 380-hp, 3.6-liter H-6, 320-hp, 3.6-liter H-6, 477-hp, 3.6-liter H-6, 345-hp, 3.6-liter H-6, 450-hp, 3.6-liter H-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, five-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Porsche 40th Anniversary Carrera coupe, Porsche Turbo all-wheel-drive coupe, Porsche Cabriolet, Porsche GT2, Porsche GT3, Porsche rear-wheel-drive Carrera coupe, Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet all-wheel drive, Porsche 4S coupe, Porsche 4S Cabriolet, Porsche Carrera coupe all-wheel drive, Porsche Targa coupe, Porsche Cabriolet.
In 2002, Porsche introduced the 911 GT2 with a weight that is 220 pounds lighter than the Turbo and an additional 41 hp of power. The year 2004 ushered in additional changes to the Porsche 911 GT2, like an additional 21 hp of power than the previous year’s 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine. The 2004 Porsche 911 GT2 also features a revised suspension and brake tuning.
In 2004, Porsche introduced the 40th Anniversary Carrera coupe edition, which features a more powerful 345 hp engine. Also in 2004, the Turbo Cabriolet joined the Porsche line-up.
The 2004 Porsche 911 is offered in two body styles: a convertible and a two- or four-door coupe. Each style features Turbo-like headlights and oval exhaust tailpipes under a wide rear-end panel. The convertible model has a power-operated top or optional removable hardtop, and a glass rear window. Targa coupes have large sunroofs – twice the size of a customary sunroof.
Most 2004 Porsche 911 models hold standard 17-inch tires with the option to upgrade to 18-inch tires.
The 2004 Porsche 911s are called four-passenger vehicles by the company since they feature back seats, although these seats lack enough legroom for the average-sized adult to sit comfortably. Coupes have slightly more back legroom than convertibles. There is a three-spoke steering wheel with a left ignition switch in each model. Special features in each 2004 Porsche 40th Anniversary Carrera coupe include a numbered plaque and dark gray, leather sport seats.
Performance & Handling
All Porsche versions are easy to drive and each features smooth handling and an ultra-stable ride. The 2004 Porsche suspension works superbly on a smooth road, but tends to yield a rough ride off the highway.
The base rear-mounted, 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine boasts 320 hp with the option for more power. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but the vehicles can be fitted with optional five-speed automatic transmissions that allow for manual gear selection using steering-wheel buttons.
All models of the 2004 Porsche 911 come with all-disc antilock brakes, dual front impact airbags, and dual front side-impact airbags. Convertibles come with supplemental safety bars that automatically pop out of the rear deck if sensors detect an impending rollover. Depending on the model, Porsche Stability Management is an option or comes standard. All models have a standard security system and immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche 911: 14-18/17-20 mpg city/highway
- Smooth handling
- Superior maneuverability
- Powerful engine in the Turbo
You Won't Like
- Basic seats can be uncomfortable
- Expensive price
- Limited cargo space
- Uncomfortable ride on rough surfaces
- Lack of backseat space
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