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2015 Porsche 911

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Porsche 911 adds the GTS model and an available rearview camera.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Porsche 911 is a family of rear-engine, and rear- and all-wheel-drive sports cars that include coupes, convertibles, and targa top models. The car is known for its impressive performance and driving dynamics, and has become one of the most recognizable cars since its inception in the early 1960s.

Overview

The 2015 Porsche 911 range is offered with a range of turbocharged and naturally aspirated flat-six engines paired to either a seven-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission.


Model: 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera Cabriolet 4, 911 Targa 4
Engine and Transmission: 3.4-liter flat-six - seven-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic
Power: 350 hp/287 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
911 Carrera and 911 Carrera 4: 20/28 mpg city/highway (automatic), 19/27 mpg (manual)
911 Carrera Cabriolet: 19-21/27-28 mpg 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet: 19-20/26-27 mpg
911 Targa 4: 18-19/26 mpg Model: 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4S
Engine and Transmission: 3.8-liter flat-six - seven-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic
Power: 400 hp/325 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet : 19/27 mpg
911 Carrera 4S and 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: 18-19/26 mpg
911 Targa 4S : 18/26 mpg


Model: 911 Carrera GTS, 911 Carrera 4 GTS, 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet
Engine and Transmission: 3.8-liter flat-six – seven-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic
Power: 430 hp/325 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
911 Carrera GTS and 911 Carrera 4 GTS: 18-19/26 mpg
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet: 18-19/25-26 mpg911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet: 18/25 mpg


Model: 911 GT3
Engine and Transmission: 3.8-liter flat-six - seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 475 hp/325 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/20 mpg


Model: 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo Cabriolet, 911 Turbo S, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six - seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power:
911 Turbo and 911 Turbo Cabriolet : 520 hp/487 lb-ft
911 Turbo S and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet: 560 hp/516 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/24 mpg

Performance remains one of the 911’s strongest suits because, regardless of the model or trim level, the car provides exceptional driving dynamics and powerful acceleration while maintaining good fuel economy. Whether on the track, twisty mountain road, an open highway, or the city, the 911 performs admirably and does everything well, making it a car that is easy to live with and is a capable daily driver. Additionally, there’s a variant for everyone, from the track-focused GT3 to the well-balanced 911 Carrera and Carrera S. While it is expected that ride quality is on the firm side due to the car’s performance-minded suspension setup, it remains tolerable because of the 911’s excellent stability, making it hard to unsettle even on rough surfaces.

As expected for a car that starts at $85,295 including destination, the 911’s interior is well-appointed and made of quality materials such as soft plastics, high-grade leather, and real wood and metal accents. While passenger space up front is good, the rear seats are best when used as an extra cargo area since it is impossible for adults to climb and sit back there. Tech and performance features are plenty and include navigation, an upgraded premium audio system from Bose or Burmester, adaptive suspension, torque vectoring, sport exhausts, adaptive cruise control, and ceramic composite brake pads. However, adding options are costly due to Porsche’s pricing strategy, making it easy to add between $10,000-$30,000 worth of extras.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Porsche 911.

What We Think

The Porsche 911 remains one of the best sports cars on the market because of its exceptional driving dynamics, daily drivability, and well-appointed interior. Motor Trend named the Porsche 911 Carrera S winner of the 2012 Best Driver’s Car competition because of its impeccable balance of performance on and off the track, confidence-inspiring chassis and excellent dual-clutch automatic transmission. In Carrera 4S form, the 911 was also crowned the 2013 Best Driver's Car, as well.

During the evaluation for the 2012 Best Driver’s Car, we said that the dual-clutch automatic is the way to go because it can adapt to one’s driving style and “function perfectly” whether driving in a relaxed or spirited manner. Even with its taut suspension and exceptional performance, the 911 remains viable as daily driver thanks to the available adaptive suspension and damping system, keeping the ride tolerable even through rough surfaces. In a 2014 First Test of a 911 Turbo S we said that the car “is swathed in enough leather to make it a legitimate grand tourer, yet comes packing enough gumption that it remains one of the best-performing supercars money can buy.”

You’ll Like

  • Exceptional performance and handling
  • Surprisingly good fuel economy
  • Good ride for a performance car

You Won’t Like

  • Extremely pricey options
  • Rear seats are only good for briefcases

Key Competitors

  • Nissan GT-R
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Audi R8
  • Lexus RC F
  • BMW M4

Rating

5 star

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