An affordable supercar icon - PORSCHE 911 Car Review

Review

Added: 19 Apr 2011
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LET'S face it, Porsche 911s are about as family friendly as a motorbike – in fact there are lots of downsides – if I could only think of them.

But opening one up on a good road is like a birthday every day for anyone who even vaguely likes driving.

The 911 has been around forever and most have been cherished by loving owners so that even though they might have been driven hard, they have also been properly serviced.

And not surprisingly, that means you can buy one for much less than you might think, and be pretty sure it’s going to be reliable.

The design has been improved time and again, and even the earliest cars, many of which have restored by enthusiasts, are great to drive.

It has been one of the supercars of every era since it was launched, well able to hold its own against the best.

It is one of the most involving and entertaining cars ever made and feels as stable at 130 miles an hour on the Autobahn as it does parked outside the house.

Interior

Older models are very noisy and have so much power that care is needed in the wet, but later models have the electronics to keep you safe.  

Comfort is good but, as always, never buy without service history or records of a rebuild and pay an expert to give it the full once over. Most will have leather and air-con.

FAST FACTS            

Porsche 911 Carrera 2

Price: Pay about £16,800 for an ’02, 02-reg Carrera 2, £32,000 for an ’04 04-reg Turbo. Earlier models are down to under £10,000

Mechanical: 320bhp, 3,596cc, 6cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 178mph

0-62mph: 4.8 seconds

Combined mpg: 23

Insurance group: 50

CO2 emissions: 269g/km

BIK rating: 35%

Marks: 10/10

Main rival: Nissan 370Z

 

Words: Peter Hayward

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