2023 Porsche 911 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

If you close your eyes and picture a Porsche, it’s likely that the 911 renders first in your imagination. This rear-engined fastback is a legend—and for good reason. Make that many reasons. For decades it has been a benchmark for performance and handling and feel, inspiring rivals such as the Aston Martin Vantage, the Audi R8, and the Maserati MC20, to name a few. The “standard” 911 sticks to its roots with a set of twin-turbo flat-six engines that have been tuned for up to 473 horsepower. Higher-performance Turbo and GT3 models are available—this is Porsche, of course—but we review those cars separately. Most 911 models have rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available. Coupe, cabriolet convertible, and Targa body styles are offered, and they have a cabin that is comfortable for two adults whether it’s been decked out in luxuries or left bone stock. The 911’s superiority stems not only from its lofty performance capabilities but also from the fact that it’s comfortable enough to live with on a daily basis.

What’s New for 2023?

To celebrate the brand’s 70th year selling cars in North America, Porsche has added an off-road-oriented Dakar version of the 911 that comes with knobby tires, a lifted suspension, and the same powertrain as the Carrera 4 GTS. Only 2500 will be made and the starting price is $223,450. There’s also a range-topping America Edition GTS cabriolet to the 911 lineup. Only 100 are earmarked for sale in the United States (with 15 more going to Canada) and all come with a seven-speed manual transmission, Azure Blue 356 exterior paint, tri-finish wheels (with white, silver, and red detailing), and special bodyside graphics. The black leather interior is punctuated with red detailing throughout and illuminated door sill plates pay homage to the brand’s North American history. Interested buyers should contact their Porsche dealer quickly, as the limited edition is likely to sell out even at a price of $186,370. The purist-focused Carrera T model rejoins the lineup this year with rear-wheel drive, no rear seats, and a manual gearbox for $118,050.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Carrera

$107,550

Carrera 4

$114,850

Carrera T

$118,050

$124,450

Targa 4

$127,650

Carrera 4S

$131,750

Carrera GTS

$144,050

Targa 4S

$144,550

Carrera 4 GTS

$151,350

Targa GTS

$164,150

GTS America Edition

$186,370

Dakar

$223,450

Based on our experience with myriad 911 models, we can confidently recommend the Carrera S. It boasts 64 horses more than the standard Carrera. Though we love manual transmissions, Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic is possibly the best self-shifting gearbox in the world, so we wouldn’t dissuade anyone from opting for it. Those who want to enjoy their 911 year-round but have to deal with slippery winter conditions can add all-wheel drive for $7300 if you feel four winter tires aren’t enough. We love the classic coupe body style, especially since the cabriolet costs almost $13,000 more. We’d also opt for the Sport Chrono package that adds launch control, additional drive modes, and more. The Sport Seats Plus option provides more supportive front buckets, and the Sport package adds a lowered suspension and a snarltastic exhaust system. Our selection of upgrades would conclude with ventilated front-seat cushions, passive entry, a heated multifunction GT steering wheel, and Porsche’s Dynamic Light System Plus that features automatic high-beams and headlights that swivel in the direction the front tires are pointed. That’s just a sprinkling of the customization options Porsche offers on this car, which add substantially to the price. But warning: they’re hard to resist.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Mounted in the rear of the 911 is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. The base Carrera has 379 horsepower, the S pumps out 443 ponies, and the GTS generates 473 horses. While every model comes standard with a ridiculously quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, a sweet seven-speed manual is offered but you’ll have to shell out for an S or GTS to get it. The coupe and cabriolet have standard rear-wheel drive, but they can be fitted with all-wheel drive for four-season, high-performance driving. The Targa is all-wheel-drive only. We’ve tested the base Carrera as well as several variations of the more powerful Carrera S, which proved its prowess at the racetrack and its incredible traction in adverse weather conditions. No matter the application, every 911 has astonishing acceleration, especially when the gleefully good launch control is utilized. At our test track, the GTS model bolted to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds when equipped with the eight-speed automatic; with the seven-speed manual, the 911 GTS delivered a slightly slower 3.2-second result in the same test. Porsche’s optional sport exhaust system also helps enhance the experience by providing a fuller engine note. Best of all, the 911 is as comfortable as ever and also better to drive. Its steering is communicative and brilliantly direct, and the coupe and convertible have increased cornering grip and stability. The ride quality is surprisingly supple, too, despite the 911’s amazing body control, which allow drivers to seamlessly switch between relaxed and spirited romps.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With EPA ratings of 18 mpg city and 25 highway, the Carrera S with the manual transmission is the most fuel-efficient 911. However, other 911 models’ fuel-economy estimates don’t drop much farther from those figures. On our 75-mph highway route, a Carrera and Carrera S (both equipped with automatics) earned impressive results of 33 and 30 mpg, respectively. For more information about the 911’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 911’s interior continues to look sophisticated rather than complicated, with a mix of buttons, knobs and touch-screen controls and—for the first time ever—a large center cupholder. The gauge cluster also deviates from history, ditching the mainly analog instruments for mostly digital ones. While these screens have some user-experience issues and can be blocked by the steering wheel, the central tachometer still uses a physical needle that follows the engine’s revs towards its heavenly 7400-rpm redline. The 911’s low-slung driving position and supportive front seats are fantastic, and the steering wheel has a wide range of adjustment. We only wish Porsche used less piano-black trim on the center console, provided more interior cubby storage, and gave this icon of a car a grander shifter than the stubby flipper that comes on automatic-equipped models. Although the 911 continues to offer seating for up to four in theory, the tiny back seats remain as hostile to adults as they were when 911s first hit the road in the mid-1960s.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every 911 is outfitted with a 10.9-inch touchscreen integrated into the middle of the dashboard. In addition to voice commands and buttons on the steering wheel, the center screen also features rotary push-button controls on the console. The infotainment system supports a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto. Porsche does provide two high-end surround-sound systems that include a 12-speaker Bose unit and a 13-speaker Burmester stereo.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 911 is available with myriad driver-assistance technologies, including desirable options such as automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, and even night vision. For more information about the 911’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Porsche’s warranty coverage is standard for the segment, with the first maintenance visit covered free of charge. However, rivals such as the Jaguar F-type offer more value by covering maintenance for up to five years.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Vehicle Type: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $138,050/$162,940

ENGINE

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 182 in3, 2981 cm3

Power: 473 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc/15.6-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) NA1

R: 305/30ZR-21 (100Y) NA1

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 96.5 in

Length: 178.5 in

Width: 72.9 in

Height: 50.9 in

Passenger Volume: 49 ft3

Cargo Volume: 14 ft3

Curb Weight: 3399 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 2.8 sec

100 mph: 8.0 sec

1/4-Mile: 10.9 sec @ 128 mph

130 mph: 11.3 sec

150 mph: 15.9 sec

170 mph: 23.6 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.9 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec

Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 193 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 143 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 288 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.06 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/23 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera

VEHICLE TYPE

rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED

$106,290 (base price: $98,750)

ENGINE

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 182 in3, 2981 cm3

Power: 379 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS

Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 13.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, F: 235/40ZR-19 (92Y) NA0 R: 295/35ZR-20 (101Y) NA0

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 96.5 in

Length: 177.9 in

Width: 72.9 in

Height: 51.1 in

Passenger volume: 72 ft3

Cargo volume: 5 ft3

Curb weight: 3360 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.2 sec

100 mph: 7.9 sec

130 mph: 14.0 sec

150 mph: 20.5 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.1 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec

1/4 mile: 11.5 sec @ 120 mph

Top speed (mfr’s claim): 182 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 139 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 277 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.08 g

Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Observed: 18 mpg

75-mph highway driving: 33 mpg

Highway range: 550 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/city/highway: 20/18/24 mpg

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