Porshe 911 coupe: 'an incredible piece of engineering'

Feb 7, 2013

What the motoring press is saying about the Porshe 911 coupe

Auto Express

Price: £71,449 - £81,242

Pros: Hugely rewarding to drive, supercar performance, low running costs

Cons: Lacks exclusivity, high price, expensive options

4.3/5, CarBuyer
"One of the longest-running models of sports car in existence, the latest Porsche 911, codenamed the 991, features a lower roof, more bulbous headlights and sharper tail lights. The engines have received several tweaks, too. The standard Carrera's 3.6-litre, six-cylinder engine is replaced by a smaller 3.4-litre that's more efficient but produces more power - 345bhp. The 3.8-litre found in the Carrera S now produces 394bhp. Performance, when fitted with the PDK twin-clutch gearbox in particular, is very impressive. The standard Carrera sprints from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, while the Carrera S does it in just 4.3 seconds. The interior has received a major makeover, inspired by the Panamera but with fewer switches. Most owners will opt for the PDK gearbox but Porsche also offer a seven-speed manual option - the first of it's kind in a production car."

5/5, Auto Express
"The new Porsche 911 truly is an incredible piece of engineering, it’s faster, more stable and more refined than its predecessor, but still has a powerful personality...The most significant alterations include a 100mm longer wheelbase, a wider front track, a 20mm lower roofline and a 40kg weight reduction. The weight saving comes courtesy of the fact that the new body mixes aluminium panels with ultra-stiff steel subframes."

4.5/5, Evo
"Many colours are available, but all will be green(er). Aluminum bodyshell content rises to 45 percent now that the roof, floor, doors, bonnet, front wings, and forward crash box are all alloy. That holds the kerbweights down to just under those of the previous model."

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