Model year 2014 was a big one for the iconic Porsche 911, as it celebrated its 50th year of continuous production. The rear-engine 911 has always been known for its potent acceleration, razor-sharp handling, and precise, tactile feel.
Benefiting from a 2013 redesign, the model delivered a near-ideal balance of performance and livability. With its immediate throttle and steering responses, the 911 is as at home on a twisty, two-lane road as it is on a demanding race track. It's also quite driver-friendly and easy to live with on a daily basis.
The 420-hp, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, mated to a precise seven-speed manual transmission, delivers lightning-quick acceleration. This version of the 911 sprinted from 0-to-60 mph in a brisk, grin-inducing 4.1 seconds, making it the quickest car we'd tested in recent years. Yet the power delivery is smooth, gradual, and effortless, with no sudden, head-snapping burst when you punch the throttle. Every prod of the gas pedal brings an immediate, yet measured, forward thrust. The gear ratios are also well matched to the engine's power.