There can be no doubting it. The Porsche 911 Carrera is one of the most famous cars in the world. It has a long history and has popped up in so many iconic movies throughout the ages. The 911 started out in 1963 and from the start it was a used for road, rally and racing. The car, as we know it now, still maintains those uses.
Depending on what model of Porsche 911 that you decide to spend your well-earned money on, it can bring you from 0-100km/h in phenomenal speeds. If you opt for the 911 Turbo (3.8 litre engine), for example, you should cover that in circa 3 seconds. Even the 911 Carrera cabrio, with its 3.0 litre engine will thrill with its time of 4.7 seconds. Also, available to the Irish market is a 3.6 and a 4.0 litre engine. Top speeds on these cars range from between 289 km/h and 320 km/h. Most models are mated with seven-Speed gearboxes, whereas the GT2 is mated to a six-speed.
Place the Porsche 911 on a straight and you really do appreciate just ow excellent this car is. It doesn't stop there though, traction is excellent - whether you're in an all-wheel drive version or a rear wheel drive. Grip on corners is astonishingly prime too.
This car can be as loud as you want it to be, but where you might get a bit of a surprise is when you opt to cruise on a motorway. Surprisingly, the Porsche 911 is more than elegant while minding its own business on the motorway.
Unsurprisingly, the quality of material within the vehicle is top-notch, and considering the mortgage price that you're going to have to pay for one of these, it should be no other way. The sports seats are slim, hard and comfortable, and while you do sit very low into the 9111 - it should be no other way. One negative regarding the interior is the abundance of buttons, but once you find out what they all do, then this will not be a concern.
The Porsche 911 never sat the Euro NCAP test. Demand for the vehicle is simply not high enough. Porsche wisely increased the brake systems responses and build as they increased the power to their vehicles. Their brake discs are a large 330mm. There are full-size airbags for driver and front passengers, these cars also come with Porsche Side Impact Protection Systems as standard.
If you're looking for a family wagon, ten clearly these cars are not for you. Perhaps have a look at a Macan, a Panamera or the Cayenne, if you are going to do the daily school run in a Porsche. The boot offers between 115 and 145 litres of space, depending on the model you go for.