Keep it for the kids

There’s no need to trade out of your 911 when you carry the clan

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - PAUL GOVER

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.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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

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