The rear-engined 911 has always been known for its potent acceleration, razor-sharp handling, and precise, tactile feel. The current model delivers 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 on a demanding race track. Yet, 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. The 911 sprinted from 0-to-60 mph in a brisk, grin-inducing 4.1 seconds, making it the quickest car we've 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. And the gear ratios are very well matched to the engine's power.
Given the eye-opening performance, fuel economy is commendable at 23 mpg overall on premium fuel. If you spend much time in traffic, consider Porsche's PDK automatic transmission, which is one of the smoothest and most responsive dual-clutch designs we've driven.