There is no single descriptive manner in which to explain all of the differentiating factors that are involved with an automobile like the 2011 Porsche 911, which has 19 models on the market. The 911 covers most options in each of its models, from body style to performance tuning. There are also an extensive amount of options that can be added to each model.
The Porsche 911 has been around long enough to perfect any imperfection, and it has even made improvements to places that were already great, in order to make them perfection. With many models to choose from, there is sure to be one or two on everyone’s wish list.
The Porsche 911 Carrera was already a great sports car, and then the 911 turbo came along and blew everyone away with the shocking 3.2-second acceleration to 60 mph. For 2011, there is an even more commanding 911 Turbo S model as well as several other models. The GT2 RS model is particularly noteworthy as it adds power to the engine of the Turbo S and loses the all-wheel-drive security.
Body styles: various, coupe, convertible, hatchback
Engines: various, 3.6-liter flat-6, 3.8-liter flat-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual PDK
Models: 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, 911 Targa 4S, 911 Carrera GTS, 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4 GTS, 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo Cabriolet, 911 Turbo S, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, 911 GT2 RS
Porsche engineers are constantly searching for big concepts to increase efficiency and keep fuel consumption low, so Porsche 911 introduces the GT2 RS, Turbo S, GT2 RS, GT3 RS, GTS, limited-edition GT3 RS 4.0, and Speedsters for 2011. Also, the Targa, Turbo, and Carrera models will offer an iPod interface and Bluetooth as standard. Cost savings are provided with the newer option packages.
The 2011 Porsche 911 has 19 different variations from the Turbo and Carrera that are convertible body styles to the Targa model that is basically a hatchback coupe that has a glass rear hatch and large sunroof. The larger rear fenders and all-wheel drive are included on the Turbo models, along with any of the 911 models with a four in its name. Those same rear fenders can be seen on the Speedster and GTS as well. The coupes styles are GT3, GT3 RS, GT3 RS 4.0, and GT2 RS, while the Speedster 911 is convertible only.
Performance tires, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, bi-xenon headlights, steel sunroof, and automatic wipers are all standard features of the Targa and Carrera. The Cabriolet has the power soft top, but the Targa has a much bigger and more complex glass rear hatch and sunroof. The S trim levels will add the adaptive suspension, 19-inch wheels, and more powerful engine.
The 911 GTS has more power, unique exterior designs, and special wheels. The Carrera has similar Turbo features that include aggressive suspension tune, forged 19-inch wheels, and unique body styling. Aside from the body style and engine differences, the majority of extra features are optional on the lower trim level models. There are actually too many options to list that include sport exhaust, sport seats, ventilated seats, heated seats, adaptive headlights, limited-slip differential, and different wheel choices, along with many more.
The very top GT2 RS has essentially everything that the GT3 RS has with a more powerful engine, aggressive aero package, carbon-ceramic brakes, and rear drive. The GT3 RS 4 has similar features with a bigger engine.
The 2011 Porsche 911 has an exceptional build quality. Material highlights include deep carpet extending up the door to prevent scuffs on lower door plastic, along with standard Alcantara headliner. Pretty much everything is adequately covered and protected like a luxury cabin should be, and the interior space is not bad either considering it’s a sports car.
Many interior standard features and options are included on the Porsche 911 variants. The Targa and Carrera have automatic climate control, cruise control, front seats with power-reclining function, steering wheel that has tilt-and-telescoping, leather upholstery, and touchscreen electronics interface. A nine-speaker CD/DVD player stereo system, USB/iPod audio interface, auxiliary audio jack, and Bluetooth are also standard.
Other standard and optional features that are included on various 911 models are voice controls, automated manual transmission (PDK), sport seats, heated steering wheel, faux-suede trimmed seats, and satellite radio, among an endless list of other choices. Interior features that are standard on upper trim levels are mostly all available options on the lower trim models.
Performance & Handling
Each of the 2011 Porsche 911 models is powered by the six-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. Standard on most 911 models is the manual six-speed transmission, but the PDK is standard with both the Speedster and Turbo S. The PDK is the dual-clutch seven-speed automated manual transmission and it can be added optionally on all models besides the GT3. All-wheel drive is standard on all models with the number four in its name, along with the Turbo S and Turbo models.
The Targa and Carrera have the 3.6-liter unit that produces 345 horsepower with 288 lb-ft of torque. S models have the 3.8-liter unit that produces 385 hp with 310 lb-ft torque. These 911s can get to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. The Turbo model has the twin-turbocharged engine of the Carrera S that can produce 500 hp with 480 lb-ft torque. Performance testing of this model with PDK can hit 60 mph in an amazing 3.2 seconds.
The GT3 gets the3.8-liter naturally aspirated engine, the GT3 RS 4 has the 4.0-liter flat-6, and the GT2 RS has the Turbo S engine variation that produces a massive 620 hp.
Every one of the 2011 Porsche 911 models come standard with stability control, curtain airbags for the front and side, and ventilated anti-lock disc brakes. In brake testing of the Carrera 4, it stopped in a short 104 feet from a speed of 60 mph, and the GT3 only took 99 feet to fully stop. This is an excellent performance in braking ability.
EPA Fuel Economy
GT3: 14/21 mpg city/highway
GT2 RS: 16/26 mpg city/highway
GT3 RS: 14/21mpg city/highway
Carrera GTS: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Carrera 4S: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Targa 4S: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Turbo S: 16/24 mpg city/highway
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- Highly customizable
- Effortless acceleration
- Spacious cockpit
- Precise steering
- Powerful braking ability
- Surprisingly fuel-efficient
- All-wheel-drive option
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- Option prices can add up pretty quickly
Exemplary sports car that gets better every year.
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