2014 was a big year for the iconic Porsche 911, which celebrated its 50th year of production. The rear-engined 911 has always been known for its potent acceleration, razor-sharp handling, and precise, tactile feel. The 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.
We tested it with a 420-hp, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, which has since been replaced with a turbo 3.0-liter Six. Whether its mated to a precise seven-speed manual transmission or the automated manual (PDK), it delivers lightning-quick acceleration. The 911 sprinted from 0-to-60 mph in a brisk, grin-inducing 4.1 seconds, making it one of the quickest car we've ever tested. Yet the power delivery is smooth, gradual, and effortless. 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.