2011 Porsche 911

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$77,800

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Powerful acceleration
  • Handling
  • Braking
  • Styling
  • Intuitive controls

The bad:

  • Cramped cabin
  • Storage space
  • Harsh ride quality
  • Meagerly equipped base model
  • Expensive options
  • Some cheap cabin materials

13 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2011 Porsche 911 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New GT2 RS, GT3 RS and Turbo S models
  • 205-mph GT2 RS is fastest-ever street-legal Porsche
  • Twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe, convertible or glass-roofed Targa

2011 Porsche 911 review: Our expert's take

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Legends regarding the “hounds of hell” have existed since Greek mythology, but I wasn’t entirely sure what their baying would sound like until the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S arrived: Punch the throttle, and there’s a pack of them right behind you, and the sound is both exhilarating and a little terrifying.

The all-wheel-drive Turbo S, with a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 530horsepower, can be as docile as a puppy when you cruise around town. But it comes with this evil, addictive feature called “launch control:” Find the nearest dragstrip – or in our case, a long private road owned by a friend – and come to a stop. Press the “sport plus” button, Place your left foot on the brake, and your right foot on the accelerator. Yes, all the way to the floor. Then take your left foot off the brake.

The Porsche, all four wheels clawing for traction, leaps forward like a pouncing cougar. The engine sounds like you are destroying it, and you’d think the double clutches in the transmission would fry like eggs on a Florida sidewalk, but there is no post-launch drama. This is what the Porsche 911 Turbo S is built to do, over and over if you like, and one reason it costs $162,460.

It is astounding how race-track-ready this Porsche is, despite the leather interior, Bose stereo, heated seats, power sunroof, navigation system, Bluetooth – anything you’d expect on a luxury car. By far the largest number of entries in sports car races like the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, or the 12 Hours of Sebring, are Porsche 911s. Years ago I track-tested a full-on Porsche race car that later sold for well over $1 million. After climbing into the single carbon fiber seat and cinching up all the safety belts, I asked, “Where is the starter button?” The crew chief said, “This is a Porsche. Turn the key.” That Porsche would put a key in a 200-mile-per-hour race car suggests how serious the company is about maintaining that narrow gap between race car and street car.

That said, what kind of street car does the Porsche 911 Turbo S make? Actually, a very good one. There’s a “Sport” and the aforementioned “Sport Plus” button, either of which stiffens up the suspension and places the transmission shift pattern into a nervous, edgy condition that makes around-town driving feel like you’ve had far too much caffeine. But on the regular setting, the 911 is docile and reasonably quiet, with a ride that is comfortable on all but the roughest roads.

The 911 has a rear seat, but I’ve yet to actually try and wedge anyone back there. It serves mostly as a convenient, extra storage space, complementing the 3.7-cubic-foot trunk up front. Raise the rear hatch and you’ll find that it’s quite full of engine.

One of the most interesting aspects of the car is the PDK transmission, which stands for Porsche Doppelkupplung, meaning it has a dual-clutch gearbox. It operates like a regular automatic transmission, but with the internal clutches, the sensation is very much like a manual transmission’s operation, but you don’t have to shift, and there is no clutch pedal. There are levers on the steering wheel that allow you to shift up and down manually, but the PDK is so competent and intuitive, I just let it shift for itself.

The list of performance features is long and complicated, and includes PASM – Porsche Active Suspension Management– a super-sophisticated system that makes split-second adjustments to the firmness of the suspension, based on what the onboard computer is telling it. The all-wheel-drive system is transparent, as it should be, in normal driving, but very evident in “launch control” mode. The huge ceramic composite disc brakes are incredible, and in concert with the massive 19-inch tires, make the 3,500-pound car feel like it weighs far less.

Base price of the car was $160,700, and with heated seats ($525) and “Porsche crest on headrests” ($285), total price was $162,460, including shipping. This is a spare-no-expense car, and it feels like it.

But Porsche 911 turbo models hold an amazingthepercentage of their resale value for a very long time, and the 911 Turbo S is the sort of vehicle that I can envision crossing a collector-car auction block in 30 years, and selling for a sort of price a classic deserves. Is it expensive? Oh, my, yes. But when Porsche spares no expense in building it, they expect the handful of customers who can afford it to spare no expense, either. Good for them: They’re getting a remarkable car.

SCSmith3@Tribune.com.

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Base price: $160,700

Price as tested: $162,450

EPA rating: 17 miles per gallon city driving, 25 mpg highway

Engine: 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, 530-horsepower six-cylinder

Transmission: Automatic

Length: 176.3 inches

Wheelbase: 95.5 inches

In a nutshell: A future classic, and priced like it.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Wonderful driving experience-terrific convertible

This is my first Porsche and I am hooked. A fabulous convertible that has been an absolute joy to drive and own. I have not had any mechanical issues.

5.0

German Engineering At It’s Best!

My 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T puts a smile on my face every time I drive it! Performance, comfort, and Apple Car Play make every drive an adventure. I love the buttery smooth 7 speed transmission which returned an amazing 30 mpg on a cross country trip from Miami to Tucson. During that trip I saw 155 mph in the West Texas desert lands! What an amazing automobile!!!!

5.0

Exotic and Rare Perfect iconic Turbo Supercar

This car exceeded all of my expectations, growing family no longer allows me to enjoy it. The Porsche 911 is a growing and iconic classics, but the 911 Twin Turbo offers performance beyond any other Porsche ever manufactured in this year. the 3.8 L twin turbo water cooled engine offers top performance and the best reliability of any Porsche I've ever owned.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Porsche
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
13 Years/124,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
Powertrain
2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
Dealer certification required
111-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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