Porsche 911 Review 2024

Porsche 911 At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Porsche 911 is probably the best real-world dream car you can buy. Not only is it sensationally good to drive, it also looks superb, has a lovely interior and is perfectly easy to live with day-to-day. Sure, it's not cheap, but then neither are rivals like the Aston Martin Vantage or McLaren 570S.

+Feels special with characterful engines and a superb interior. Handles incredibly well.

-Don't expect to use the rear seats. Options can be expensive. It's quite a wide car (and feels it).

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If you're looking for a do-it-all performance car and have the budget to match, you just can't beat the Porsche 911. Even up against alternatives like the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 and new BMW M3, the Porsche 911 remains one of the most desirable sports cars money can buy. Read our full Porsche 911 review to find out why.

One of the most appealing features of the Porsche 911 is how its character varies depending on which model you buy. It's a cliché to say there's a Porsche 911 for everyone but there is – from the pure 911 Carrera to the punchy 911 Turbo and track-focussed 911 GT3 (that's the one in the pictures). You can get a soft-top Porsche 911, too (badged the Porsche 911 Cabriolet) and even a Porsche 911 Targa, for those who want the best of both worlds.

While no Porsche 911 is cheap, you don't have to go looking at the top end of the range for everyday thrills. The standard Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models are perhaps two of our favourite sports cars, with grin-inducing performance and handling to match. The 3.0-litre flat-six petrol engine is no less characterful for being turbocharged, while the noise coming from behind the rear seats adds to the 911's appeal.

Indeed, each and every Porsche 911 feels pretty special in its own way. If you want something that's going to stand out a bit more than the Carrera models, the Porsche 911 GTS adds an extra dollop of power along with a bespoke suspension setup, a slightly racier interior and some exterior styling flourishes.

The Porsche 911 GT3 is essentially a track toy that you can use every day (if you really wish to), while the top-end of the range sees the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models, with enough performance from their 3.8-litre engines to bait serious supercars.

It almost goes without saying that all Porsche 911 models are sensational to drive. The steering is precise and communicative, while a variety of drive modes are on hand to reflect your mood. You can buy a Porsche 911 with a manual gearbox but, to be honest, we prefer it with the PDK 'box - it's probably the fastest reacting automatic transmission we've ever used.

The entry-level cars are the most comfortable in terms of ride quality, but all 911 models now feature Porsche Active Suspension Management, allowing you to adjust the settings of the dampers, 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.

A play on Porsche's online configurator for the latest 911 will have you wincing at the cost of certain options, but you don't necessarily have to go to town. It's perfectly well equipped as standard, with a classy interior featuring soft-touch materials aplenty as well as a slick 10.9-inch infotainment system. It's a more minimalist cabin than before, with fewer buttons - but, fortunately, this doesn't come at the expense of user-friendliness.

The Porsche 911 is comfortable enough for crossing continents, provided there's no more than two of you. Sure, there are rear seats (in most models, anyway), but you'd have to be pretty small and agile to wedge yourself in them (a child, basically). It's best to use the Porsche 911 as a two-seater with the rear seats as storage, especially as the boot (in the front of the car) isn't as big as you'd find in, say, a Jaguar F-Type. If you do need more space, the Porsche Panamera is a more suitable family car (or the electric Porsche Taycan).

Porsche might have played it safe with the exterior design of the latest 911 (we quite like the retractable door handles and rear light bar, though), but it's still one of the most desirable new cars currently on sale. It's brilliant to drive, feels totally special and, when you compare it to niche alternatives like the McLaren 570S, actually doesn't look like bad value for money.

Ask Honest John

What sports car can carry golf clubs?

"I am looking for a sports car that is capable of carrying golf clubs. Any recommendations? "
How about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe? It's got a surprisingly practical boot but is fun to drive. Also consider the Audi TT or, if budget allows, the latest Porsche 911.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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