Porsche 911 (2019) Review
Porsche 911 (2019) At A Glance
Porsche's updated 911 is more desirable than ever - with head-turning looks, an improved interior and enough power to tempt buyers away from the Audi R8 and Aston Martin Vantage.
The flagship sports car has been rather comprehensively tweaked for 2019, although it very definitely still looks like a 911 on the outside. Updates include a wider body (both front- and four-wheel-drive versions are now the same width), retractable door handles (gimicky but cool), and a light bar spanning the rear of the car.
The updates are more obvious on the inside. Gone are all the buttons of the old 911 (Porsche was adamant at the time that customers wanted them); in their place, a 10.9-inch infotainment system with just the five buttons below acting as shortcuts to important functions like the hazard lights and suspension settings.
The rear seats remain pretty much useless for anything other than storing luggage, but the interior feels satisfyingly premium in a very German way. There are lots of soft-touch materials and an extensive options list gives endless scope for personalisation.
All models now feature Porsche Active Suspension Management, allowing you to adjust the settings of the dampers depending on your priorities, while there's also a new Wet mode standard across the range. This detects water on the road and primes the car's stability control systems to prevent an unintended loss of traction.
There's more power across the range, with all 911s (for the time being) using variations of Porsche's 3.0-litre flat-six twin-turbocharged petrol engine. The standard 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 have 385PS (up 15PS from its predecessor); while the Carrera S and 4S have 450PS (up 30PS).
As well as the Coupe model, buyers can also opt for a Cabriolet. This uses a soft-top roof which can be opened or closed at the touch of a button at speeds of up to 30mph. While we prefer the look of the Coupe, it comes down to personal preference - and there's not much to be lost by choosing the Cabriolet. Despite using a soft-top (rather than hard-top) roof, there's surprisingly little wind noise, and there's only a marginal impact on acceleration figures.
Even the so-called entry-level models are quick enough. It's the Carrera S that we've spent the most time in and, while Porsche aficionados will always long for a naturally-aspirated engine, the twin-turbo flat-six has plenty of character. The swooshes of the turbochargers take some getting used to, but it certainly sounds more interesting than its smaller relation, the four-cylinder Cayman.
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