What is your opinion on Porsche cars

Porsche 911 test: how good is the sports car icon?

How good is the German sports car icon really? The Porsche 911 Carrera S in the ADAC test. All dates, latest information and prices.

  • Eight generations of the Porsche 911: forever the same, always better

  • New assistance systems such as moisture detectors and night vision aids

  • In the ADAC test: Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupé with 450 hp

  • Drive out with the new 911 Targa

The Porsche 911 is a phenomenon. Hardly any other car has been built and sold with the same technical concept under the same type designation for such a long period of time (since 1964). Every generation of models is theDNAof the 911remained faithful. The curved front fenders, a wedge-shaped hatchback, the ignition key to the left of the steering wheel and behind it a central rev counter are typical. A rattling six-cylinder boxer engine is always used as the drive, which primarily pushes the rear end powerfully.

Fascination Porsche 911: Coupé, Cabrio, Targa, Speedster

And yet a lot is new about the current 992 series, which is now the eighth generation 911. ExampleMoisture detector: If sensors in the front wheel arches recognize the typical sound of heavy splashing water, a warning display advises engaging "Wet Mode": The massive power of the 3.0-liter boxer immediately reaches the wheels of different sizes (front 20, rear 21 inches). That's a good thing, because: a full 530 Nm of torque provide the Porsche 911 Carrera S between 2300 and 5000 rpm for impulsive thrust, 30 Nm more than its predecessor.

The fascination of a Porsche 911 was something that racing legend Walter Röhrl experienced as a young man: "The last eight days before my first 911 was delivered, I couldn't sleep properly, I was so excited." The technical development of the 992Röhrl, which Röhrl has played a major role in in his career, is primarily due to modern electronics: "This increases the spread between sportiness and comfort. In addition, Porsche's new suspension philosophy is: harder springs, but softer damping. Something like that was completely in the past impossible in a sports car. "

The cockpit is becoming more and more digital

The cockpit is shaped horizontally, as was the case with the 911 from 1963 to 1997. A10.9 inch touchscreen informs about the digital world, but there are also a few analog levers. Only the rotary switch on the left of the dashboard, with which the engine starts, is extremely delicate. Thanks to the standard Keyless Go, the ignition key can stay in your pocket.

The Space available surprised at the front, because even real giant seats can cope here. The two tiny butt shells at the back are not worth mentioning, so that one cannot actually speak of a "2 + 2-seater". But what does a sports car fan care about the space in the back seat or the luggage volume!

The 911 Carrera S in the ADAC test

If you want to know how good the Porsche 911 sports car is, you shouldn't look at the overall rating. Because the overall grade judges the Overall quality of a car: how much space there is, whether the car is easy for everyone to drive and operate, how much comfort it offers, how much fuel it uses and so on.

At a Sports car it depends on a few specific character traits at. On engine power and driving precision, on the directness of the steering, the immediate response of the engine, the fast (engaging) gearbox.

The ADAC test uses the Target group note Driving fun expressed. Test engineer Christoph Pauly: "Thanks to rear-axle steering, adaptive dampers as well as active stabilizers and engine mounts, the current 911 can keep up with the fastest competitors. In addition, compared to similarly potent competitors - it is remarkably suitable for everyday use and blessed with polished manners." And further: "There is a six-cylinder boxer in the rear, in which a full torque is added to the thrilling revving pleasure." ADAC note driving fun: a straight top.

The grades that matter in a sports car

If you look at the relevant technical grades for a sports car in detail, it becomes particularly clear how exceptionally good the Porsche 911 is. In terms of driving performance, it misses the theoretical maximum score of 0.6 by a tenth. Even the "worst" rating here (driving stability: 1.3) belongs to the "summa cum laude" class.

Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Test grade

Motor / drive

Performance

0,7

Running culture / performance development

1,1

Shift / transmission

1,1

Driving characteristics

Driving stability

1,3

steering

1,1

brake

0,9

very good = 0.6-1.5 | good = 1.6-2.5 | satisfactory = 2.6-3.5 | sufficient = 3.6-4.5 | poor = 4.6-5.5

The performance potential in numbers: 331 kW / 450 PS power, 530 Nm torque. The sprint from zero to 100 km / h is done in 3.7 seconds, the top speed of the Carrera S is 308 km / h. He only needs two seconds to overtake a truck on the country road. For comparison: a not exactly weak VW Golf with 150 hp (diesel and gasoline) needs 4.8 seconds for this.

The fascination can be expressed objectively in numbers, from subjective experience but only inadequately describe it. Walter Röhrl puts it this way: "A sports car has to be
obey at the slightest wink of the driver. "And that is exactly what the Porsche 911 does.

Tester Christoph Pauly draws an enthusiastic conclusion: "The engine comes out of the speed basement powerfully, works its way up the speed ladder quickly and does not decrease even at very high speeds. The driving stability is outstanding, steering and braking are in a class of their own."

New: 7-speed manual transmission and Smartlift function

Porsche is also offering a few innovations that will make the hearts of fans beat faster: Instead of an automatic 8-speed dual clutch transmission, the Carrera 4S models can also be operated with a manual one 7-speed manual transmission to get.

To the Porsche Torque vectoring, which distributes the power to the drive wheels in accordance with the driving situation through electronically controlled braking interventions, fits the new one Tire temperature display: When the tire temperature is low, blue bars warn of reduced grip. As the tires get warmer, the display changes to blue and white. When the operating temperature is reached, the display turns white. The circus kind of reminds us of Formula 1, doesn't it?

For the first time in the Porsche Carrera there is also a so-called Smartlift function as an extra. However, this does not serve to make the Porsche 911 faster, more fun or safer, but more comfortable. Apparently it had happened in the past that the front spoiler, which reached deep into the street, was damaged on sills or garage driveways.

Smartlift prevents this now by the system temporarily increases the ground clearance of the vehicle. This works because the system remembers the problem areas using GPS coordinates. So the embarrassing mishap happens that the spoiler hits, at least not a second time in the same place.

Latest 911 version: the iconic Targa

Like the Turbo or the Cabriolet, the version also has Targa a very special one Fan base. People love the Targa, and not just since today, mainly for visual reasons. The Targa was actually an emergency birth: The derivative was developed because the US authorities were considering a ban on convertibles in the 1960s. Reason: Open cars are dangerous if someone overturns them in an accident. Without further ado, Porsche constructed a partially open 911 with a sturdy safety bar.

Even if the Carrera can go over 300 km / h - the sports car and its crew feel most comfortable on winding country roads in sunny weather. Glide quickly and carefully on long straights, brake gently into the curve, with the highest steering precision and powerfully out again - pure enjoyment.

Porsche 911 Targa with weaknesses

Despite all the driving pleasure, it is not that great that the wind at country road speed can create an annoying rumble in the interior if you drive with the roof open. To get rid of the banging, the driver either has to lower the side windows - or the one designed for this purpose Wind deflector push up by hand. Once you have done this, the small baffle automatically stretches into the wind the next time you go open-air, and the retaining spring locks by itself.

The fact that the Convertible top of the Targa can only be opened or closed when the vehicle is stationary and not when driving slowly in first or second gear. The points of criticism show that Porsche will still have the opportunity in the future to improve one or the other detail of its almost perfect sports car.

As a treat, here is a film about the Porsche 911 Turbo S:

Test report Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupé
View PDF

Porsche 911: technical data

Technical data (manufacturer information)

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Motor / drive

6-cylinder boxer engine, bi-turbo, gasoline engine, 2981 cm³, 331 kW / 450 PS, 530 Nm at 2300 rpm, rear-wheel drive, 8-speed dual clutch transmission

Performance

3.7 s to 100 km / h, 308 km / h top

Consumption (WLTP)

9.9 l Superplus / 100 km, 205 g CO₂ / km

Dimensions

L 4.52 / W 1.85 / H 1.30 m

Trunk

132-264 l

Empty weight / payload

1590/395 kg

warranty

2 years

price

from € 120,125

ADAC measured values

(Abstract)

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Overtaking process 60-100 km / h

2.0 s

Braking distance from 100 km / h

30.9 m

Turning circle

10.9 m

Consumption / CO₂ emissions ADAC Ecotest

10.0 l super / 100 km, 275 g CO₂ / km (well-to-wheel)

Rating ADAC Ecotest (max. 5 stars)

**

Range

640 km

Interior noise at 130 km / h

72.8 dB (A)

Empty weight / payload

1575/410 kg

Trunk volume

135 l

ADAC test result

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Body / trunk

3,3

inner space

2,9

Comfort

2,9

Motor / drive

0,9

Driving characteristics

1,1

security

2,8

Environment / Ecotest

3,3

Overall grade

2,6

The chapters on safety and the environment are valued twice

Text: Ralf Schütze, Wolfgang Rudschies

How did you like the article?