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2006 Porsche 911 Review

The ultimate, iconic German sports car.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Porsche 911 is still very much the classic sports car, and even though it originally debuted in the 1960s, this thoroughbred still has a high standard of performance that many find difficult to match. It originally replaced the 356 model, and even though this car had a loyal fan base, it had a reputation for being somewhat underpowered. The 356 earns recognition for its rear engine and Porsche carries on this tradition in the 2006 Porsche 911.

Although it's a high-performance sports car, it remains well-mannered enough for daily commuting and makes you arrive at the office with a smile. It offers a straightforward drive packed with technology. Just don't expect to carry passengers in the rear seats as they prove much too small to give a comfortable ride to anyone other than children.

The Range

Body Styles: Convertible, Coupe
Engines: 3.6-liter, 3.8-liter
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed Tiptronic
Models: 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Club Coupe

What's New

2006 sees Porsche add an all-wheel drive option to the latest 911 version. These all-wheel drive models include the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S. This marks the year the Carrera becomes more powerful, with the addition of the 381-hp power kit, and it also sees the introduction of a better navigation system, brand-new 19-inch wheels, an automatic cut-off switch for the front-passenger airbag, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and an optional electronic logbook.

Exterior

The Porsche 911 has a stunning and highly distinctive look. Its styling seems clean and simple, but some elements look distinctively retro, including the flared arches and frog-eyed headlights. The base models come fitted with 18-inch wheels while the S models roll on 19-inch wheels. The S models benefit from bi-xenon headlights, larger brakes, and a unique exterior trim.

Interior

The 2006 Porsche 911 interior feels every bit as luxurious as you'd expect, with supportive and comfortable bucket seats. A nine-speaker sound system comes standard, but if you love music, then you might want to upgrade to the 13-speaker Bose surround sound system. The steering wheel fully adjusts, and the 2006 Porsche 911 provides more headroom and legroom than previous models. The more luxurious models come with a sportier-looking steering wheel and a faux aluminum cabin trim. Optional extras include heated memory seats that have pneumatically adjustable backrests and cushions.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Porsche 911 comes as a coupe or convertible and offers four different models to choose from. These include the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and the Carrera 4S and the rear drive Carrera and Carrera S. Standard models contain a 3.6-liter engine, capable of producing 325 hp and 275 lb-ft torque. The 911 also comes available with a 3.8-liter engine, capable of producing 355 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

When driven within the speed limit, the Porsche handles exactly like an ordinary car and delivers a firm but very comfortable ride ideal for everyday use. However, no one can ignore the sound of the engine, and this reminds you that it is in fact a high-performance sports car, and if you put your foot down you feel it instantly respond. The steering responds beautifully and feels very precise. With a car capable of going this fast, you'll be pleased to know the powerful brakes respond instantly. This car aims to please real drivers, and you need to be an expert to get the very best performance out of it, but even amateurs love driving it.

Safety

The 2006 Porsche 911 includes six airbags, stability control, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes standard. The Carrera offers an optional active suspension management system, but this comes standard on the Carrera S model. The tire-pressure monitoring system provides another optional extra.

EPA Fuel Economy

911 Carrera: 18/26 mpg city/highway
911 Carrera 4: 18/26 mpg city/highway
911 Carrera S: 17/25 mpg city/highway
911 Carrera 4S: 17/25 mpg city/highway
911 Club Coupe: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ultra-responsive steering
  • Incredible brakes
  • Comfortable interior
  • Enjoyable drive

You Won't Like

  • Cost of optional extras
  • Lack of usable rear seats
  • Small fuel tank

Sum Up

The ultimate, iconic German sports car.

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