2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Pros: Impeccable build quality; surgically precise driving experience; broad range of model offerings and options

Cons: Steep prices skyrocket even higher as options are added; cozy, low-slung cockpit can make entry and exit difficult; road noise

CG Says: The 2018 Porsche 911 adds three models. The GT2 RS resurrects a model name from the past and is the fastest of the current 911s. The GT2 RS is powered by a 700-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat six and is paired with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. According to Porsche, the GT2 RS is capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph. The GT3 skipped 2017 and returns with a naturally-aspirated flat 4.0-liter six that develops 500 hp in the GT3 and 520 hp in the GT3 RS. The GT3 offers a choice of 6-speed manual and 7-speed automated-manual transmissions, while the GT3 RS is automated-manual only. Porsche claims 0-60 in 3.0 seconds and top speed of 193 for the GT3 RS. The Carrera T adds sport suspension with a lowered ride height to the base Carrera. The Carrera GTS was added midyear of 2017 and has a 450-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six mated to a 7-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The 911 is a rear-engined, premium sports car that is offered in coupe, convertible and targa (a coupe with a removable roof panel) bodystyles. The base Carrera engine is twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six that develops 370 hp in Carrera, Carrera T, and Targa 4 or 420 hp in Carrera S and Targa 4S. A twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six develops 540 hp in Turbo models and 580 hp for Turbo S. The 3.0-liter engine offers a choice of 7-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmissions, while the 7-speed automated-manual is the only transmission for the 3.8-liter. In any of its many forms, the Porsche 911 is an absolutely thrilling car to drive. Precise handling, exceptional craftsmanship, and intoxicating engines are all hallmarks. Unfortunately, so are stratospheric prices. Few automobiles of any stripe, though, can blend daily-driver livability and supercar handling the way the 911 can.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, 2-door targa
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Carrera coupe: $92,150
Carrera convertible: $104,450
AWD Carrera 4 coupe: $99,050
AWD Carrera 4 convertible: $111,350
Carrera T coupe: $103,150
Carrera S coupe: $106,150
Carrera S convertible: $118,450
AWD Carrera 4S coupe: $113,050
AWD Carrera 4S convertible: $125,350
AWD Targa 4 coupe: $111,350
AWD Targa 4S coupe: $125,350
Carrera GTS coupe: $121,750
Carrera GTS convertible: $134,050
AWD Carrera GTS coupe: $128,650
AWD Carrera GTS convertible: $140,950
AWD Targa 4 GTS: $140,950
AWD Turbo coupe: $162,850
AWD Turbo convertible: $175,150
AWD Turbo S coupe: $191,750
AWD Turbo S convertible: $204,050
AWD Turbo S Exclusive Series coupe: $258,550
GT3 coupe: $144,650
GT3 RS coupe: $188,550
GT2 RS: $294,250

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera T, Targa 4, Targa 4S, GTS)
Horsepower
370 (420 in Carrera S, Targa 4S) (450 in GTS)
Std. Transmission
7-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.8-liter 6-cylinder (Turbo, Turbo S)
Horsepower
540 (580 in Turbo S)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

Optional Engine
4.0-liter 6-cylinder (GT3, GT3 RS)
Horsepower
500 (520 in GT3 RS)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-21

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.8-liter 6-cylinder (GT2 RS)
Horsepower
700
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21

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2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
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2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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