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2005 Porsche 911 Review

Lives up to its reputation to being a premier, speedy sports car with exceptional handling and true beauty.

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The 2005 Porsche 911 enters its sixth generation with a complete new design. The 3.6-liter and 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engines produce immense horsepower and torque to give a rapid boost. Every aspect speaks beauty and elegance. The shape and demeanor of the vehicle are designed with precision in mind and grace to bear. Once the car glides into motion, the driver is in for a thrill of a lifetime. Cruising comfortably at speeds in the mid hundreds, it rides gracefully and smoothly on highways and country roads, hugging turns with perfect balance. Hit the turbo boost and drivers will fly in race-car style. It is available in three different road cars and two different race car models.

The Range

Body styles: coupe, convertible, GT3, GT2
Engine: 3.6-liter six-cylinder, 3.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Targa, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche 911, Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 GT2

What's New

The 2005 Porsche 911 has brought many changes, including more powerful engines, a new six-speed transmission, newly structured rack and pinion steering, the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, a Sport Chrono Package Plus, new seating options, and an improved airbag system for greater protection against head injuries. It has a wider track with a slimmer waistline, giving it a more powerful stance than the previous year’s models. Overall, length and height increased slightly.


The 2005 Porsche 911 has the look of a performance machine. Its wheelbase continues to measure about 92 inches in length. The width of the 911 is nearly two inches greater. Aluminum springs, new to this model, are nearly 70 percent lighter than similar steel springs. The 911 glides on 18-inch wheels, which come standard.


Like the rest of the 2005 Porsche 911, the interior has been redesigned. New attractions include a multi-functional steering wheel and various controls that improve drivability and comfort. The entire inside is laced in beautiful leather. The steering wheel, gauges, and power seats have been revised to enhance the driver's experience. There is even a nice stopwatch with digital output that records lap times when driving on a track. The front seats adjust in six different directions, allowing for the perfect fit. Optional sport seating adds even more flexibility and comfort. It supposedly seats four passengers, but those riding in the back may be somewhat cramped.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Porsche 911 is packed with either a powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine or a comparably awesome 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, both boasting upwards of 355 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. To ensure greater engine performance, the 911 is equipped with Porsche’s patented VarioCam Plus valve management technology. This system helps to both smooth the torque curve and reduce emissions. It flies from zero to 60 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds. A new, lighter suspension is present in this year’s 911 along with a wider track to improve control. It is also equipped with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management System, which improves the driver’s response time. The system is controlled electronically to adjust to a setting desired by the driver. To enhance the comfort of the ride, hydraulic suspension mounts are used. Anti-roll bar pivot points now provide more direct response, reducing body roll during turns and reducing friction. Rear suspension mounts use an elastic foam material, which reduces weight, helping to improve noise, and vibration control. Enhancements in the braking system and the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) help reinforce quicker and more reliable stopping. Lastly, improved aerodynamics further enhances the performance.


The 2005 Porsche 911 comes with ABS anti-lock brakes that are standard on all four wheels. Stability control is setup to automatically sense when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded, and then reduces engine power accordingly. Head and side airbags come installed on all models. There are pretensioners installed in the seatbelt mechanism to restrain passengers in the event of an accident. A security system is installed and used to prevent unwanted vehicle intrusion and keep the engine from being started with the original manufacturer key. There is also a sensor on board to monitor tire pressure.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche 911 six-speed manual: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Porsche 911 five-speed automatic: 13/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful Engine
  • Awesome handling
  • Beautiful inside and out

You Won't Like

  • Poor gas mileage
  • Rear-seat comfort
  • Limited cargo room

Sum Up

Lives up to its reputation to being a premier, speedy sports car with exceptional handling and true beauty.

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