Keep it for the kids
There’s no need to trade out of your 911 when you carry the clan
It’s still fast and sharp, but you can drive the latest 911 on a long motorway haul without hating the road noise and developing a migraine.
The electric power steering means you don’t feel like every corner could become a contest with the car and the cabin finally has enough space, style and technology for people who really shop the opposition instead of automatically signing up for the next 911 in advance.
As for kids, you don’t always have to leave them behind.
The new 911 is not remotely cheap, with a starting sticker of $263,100 for a Carrera S without any options, but it’s more than just a one-trick pony and the tricks it does are still some of the best in the business. It’s hard to value that, particularly when a Porsche buyer could also be looking at a Ferrari, a top-end Jaguar, an Aston Martin or even a lovely new McLaren MP4-12C.
You get a lot more for a little more on and in the new 911, a typical approach from most car makers in 2012.
The base price is up from $259,600 for the previous model, but there is more performance and equipment, and even the price tag for the optional PDK double-clutch gearbox is down from $6800 in the superseded car to $5950.
So the price of the 911 is pretty good, unless you’re considering a Nissan GT-R road rocket at $180,000, which is quicker than the German speedster, but nowhere near as sophisticated or enjoyable.
The 911 has everything, from an all-new body — with an extra 10cm in the wheelbase — to upgraded engines, better safety equipment and that sevenspeed PDK gearbox.
It’s a highlight and its popularity means Porsche has no plans to continue with a manual shift — also now with seven ratios — in either the 911