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Porsche’s muscle cars have been always on the tip of everybody’s tongue. The 911 is probably the most debated model. It’s tough to tell whether the popularity is due to efficiency characteristics or abundance of modifications – the car keeps on underpinning the market. Porsche 911 review provides some hints about a sensational daredevil.
For the 2016, Porsche has put out much energies into the underhood. Yet, the vehicle received a slight facelift. The front-end boasts a sloped nose, new headlights with 4-point LED daytime running lamps, reshaped air vents; the tail took on board updated tail-lamps and rear engine coating. The chassis has got longer wheelbase that added to the silhouette’s elegance. Besides, the customer is free to personalize the body with spoilers, different wheel designs, decals, and lighting lenses.
The cabin’s comfort level is much like a luxury sedan’s. The base seats are supportive but offer manual adjustments; top modifications add 4-/14-/18-way power adjustments for the front seats. The rear seats can’t boast plenty of legroom – thus, they are suitable only for a short city drive.
The trunk, located in the front, is ready to accommodate soft-sided luggage rather than large suitcases. Interior storage options are limited by tiny door pockets & space dock at the central console.
Equipment & Infotainment
The top-notch fascia entails clear gauges and a color screen that displays various data. The base trim features prime plastic switchgear & aluminum accents, whereas higher trim models add leather upholstery, multiple luxury finishes and textures (including embroidery).
The integrated steering wheel comes with a rotary dial that allows switching between four driving modes (Normal, Individual, Sport, Sport Plus). Moreover, the Carrera offers optional Sport Chrono Package; it gives access to such adjustments as Porsche’s Active Suspension Management, sports exhaust, the PDK transmission, etc.
The infotainment system is differentiated by Porsche Communication Management with online navigation options (real-time traffic monitoring, Google Earth app, Google StreetView). It allows mobile devices to be connected to the gear by means of Wi-Fi; at the same time, the support for Apple CarPlay provides connectivity for iPhones.
A Universe of Trims
Let’s provide a brief review of all Porsche 911’s modifications. To begin with, the model is shipped in varied body styles (coupe, retractable-roof coupe & soft-top convertible) and numerous trims.
The base 911 Carrera rests on 19-inch alloy wheels. The list of standard facilities involves rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, bi-xenon headlamps (automatic), manual tilt-and-telescoping steering, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a 9-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touchscreen, a USB port.
The 911 Carrera S (+4, 4S) & Targa 4 (+4S) add 4-wheel drive, wide rear fenders, 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, and torque vectoring rear differential. The 911 Carrera GTS, 4 GTS & Targa 4 GTS vehicles come bundled with center-lock wheels, tinted lighting lenses, a front spoiler, Sport Chrono package, dual-mode sport exhaust, Sport Plus seats, quasi suede upholstery, and black aluminum finish.
To continue, Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S feature a fixed rear spoiler, a retractable front spoiler, 4WD, adaptive headlamps + LED clusters, supportive seat bolsters with lumbar supports & memory settings, leather or carbon-fiber trimming, a 12-speaking Bose sounding, composite brake rotors, active stabilizer bars.
Finally, the 911 GT3 & GT3 RS modifications are distinguished by more mighty powertrains, a rear-wheel drive, more sport accents, unique wheels, high-end finish & upholstery, and an acute response feel.
Range of Engines
The choice of powertrains for the 2016 Porsche 911 is preconditioned by the modification. Hence, the base model, as well as Carrera 4 & Targa 4, comes equipped with a 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine, able to generate 350 hp & 287 p-f of torque. The S & 4S versions house a 3.8-liter unit that produces 400 hp & 325 p-f of torque. The 911 GTS accommodates a 3.8-liter item, rated at 430 hp. All the models are mated with a 7-speed manual transmission, but automatic PDK solution is available as an option.
The GT3 boasts a 3.8-liter engine that yields 475 hp & 325 p-f of torque, while its companion, the GT3 RS, comes with a 4.0-liter unit that produces 500 hp & 338 p-f of torque. Both vehicles are paired with a 7-speed PDK transmission (no manual gearbox is available).
The 911 Turbo & Turbo S modifications take 3.8-liter engines as the basis; still, the first version offers 520 hp & 487 p-f of torque, whereas the second one – 560 hp & 516 p-f of torque.
Finally, the base Carrera with PDK transmission is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph for 4.8 seconds, the Turbo S covers the distance for 3.0 seconds. The lower trims turn 21-23 mpg in combined driving mode, The Turbo S turns 20 mpg, and the FT3 RS turns 16-17 mpg.
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