...Powertrains and Performance: Every 2011 Porsche 911 is powered by a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on most models, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual known as PDK is standard on the Turbo S and Speedster and optional on all but GT3 models. All-wheel drive is included on the Turbo, Turbo S and any model with 4 in its name. The Carrera and Targa get a 3.6-liter unit with 345 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. The S models get a 3.8-liter unit with 385 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets bumped up to 408 hp in...
...The GT3 has a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter that produces 435 hp (450 in the GT3 RS) and comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. The 911 Carrera has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder, and Carrera S models use a 3.8-liter six-cylinder. Both are available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK automatic. Mechanical features include: 3.6-liter six-cylinder makes 345 hp and 288 pounds-feet of torque (Carrera/Targa) 3.8-liter six-cylinder makes 385 hp and 310 pounds-feet of torque (Carrera/Targa S) Standard six-speed manual Available seven-speed PDK twin-clutch auto-manual with paddle shifters...
...while the GTS gets a 408-hp version of the same engine and can manage the leap in just 4.2 seconds. Truly, even the porkiest Porsche – an AWD Targa – will manage the feat in less than 5 seconds, but the Turbo variants are where the real fury erupts with turbocharged versions of the 3.8 in 500- and 530-hp form. GT3 and GT3 RS trims are stripped-down, racetrack-ready coupes with naturally aspirated 3.8-liter engines of 435 and 450 hp, but the king of the coupe hill is the GT2 RS with its turbocharged, 620-hp, 3.6-liter engine. Gone are the days when the 911 was affectionately referred to as...
...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...
...of torque through the all-wheel-drive and super-sticky Bridgestone Potenzas. The Turbo is controlled terror. Engage Sport Plus on the console, left foot on the brake, right foot to the floor. Revs surge to 5,000, "Launch Control" illuminates on the wheel, and release. In a few blinks and a smidge of wheelspin, you've engaged three gears on course to 195 mph. (Don't try this on I-95). Of the three cars, the Turbo has the best steering feel; it's not as precise as the Ferrari's, but its hefty, natural weighting is most reassuring as speed builds. There's no roll whatsoever, and traction feels...
Porsche is in the final stages of development of a more hardcore version of its track-focused 911 GT3, the infamous 911 GT3 RS. The car was originally scheduled to debut this... read more April 16, 2014 by Nelson Ireson
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