Porsche 911 Carrera S
Porsche 911 Carrera S
Porsche 911 Carrera S

2019 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 2019 Porsche 911 line gains a Speedster model inspired by the Porsche 356 Speedster of the Fifties. The 911 Speedster is 2-seat convertible based on the GT3 chassis and is powered by a naturally-aspirated 502-horsepower 4.0-liter flat six.  Porsche claims the Speedster can accelerate 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 192 mph. Production is limited to 1948 units worldwide. 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. The Carrera T adds sport suspension with a lowered ride height to the base Carrera. The Carrera GTS has a 450-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six mated to a 7-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission. A twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six develops 540 hp in Turbo models and 580 hp for Turbo S. A 7-speed automated-manual is the only transmission for the 3.8-liter. The GT2 RS is the fastest of the current 911s and 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 has a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat 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. 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 2, 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Carrera coupe: $92,350
Carrera convertible: $104,650
AWD Carrera 4 coupe: $99,250
AWD Carrera 4 convertible: $111,550
Carrera T coupe: $103,350
Carrera S coupe: $106,350
Carrera S convertible: $118,650
AWD Carrera 4S coupe: $113,250
AWD Carrera 4S convertible: $125,550
AWD Targa 4 coupe: $111,550
AWD Targa 4S coupe: $125,550
Carrera GTS coupe: $121,950
Carrera GTS convertible: $134,250
AWD Carrera 4 GTS coupe: $128,850
AWD Carrera 4 GTS convertible: $141,150
AWD Targa 4 GTS coupe: $141,150
AWD Turbo coupe: $163,050
AWD Turbo convertible: $175,350
AWD Turbo S coupe: $191,950
AWD Turbo S convertible: $204,250
Speedster convertible: $275,750
GT3 coupe: $144,850
GT3 RS coupe: $188,750
GT2 RS coupe: $294,450

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)
16-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-24

Optional Engine
4.0-liter 6-cylinder (Speedster, GT3, GT3 RS)
Horsepower
500 (502 in Speedster) (520 in GT3 RS)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
13-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-21

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

Porsche 911 GT2 RS
2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Porsche 911 Speedster
2019 Porsche 911 Speedster
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
2019 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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