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2014 Porsche 911 Coupe

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Overview

What's New for 2014:

  • Revised all-wheel-drive (AWD) system
  • Improved performance and fuel economy
  • Redesigned Turbo, Turbo S, and GT3 variants
  • Available 50th Anniversary model

Introduction
The 2014 Porsche 911 is a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or AWD sports car available in coupe and convertible body styles with seating for up to 4 passengers. Buyers have their choice of 16 variants, ranging from the base Carrera to the top-of-the-line GT3. Competitors include the BMW 6 Series, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, and the Nissan GT-R.

Models and Features
Positioned as the lineup's base model, the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera is well-equipped with standard 19-in. alloy wheels, auto-leveling HID headlights, fuel-efficient auto start/stop system, electronic rear spoiler, and aluminum interior trim. Those amenities are accompanied by Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-in. touch-screen display, power front bucket seats with 4-way adjustment, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. For the sportier 911 Carrera S, Porsche ups the performance factor by swapping in a set of 20-in. alloy wheels and adding upgrades like larger brake rotors, active suspension system, and a locking differential.

This same pattern of standard features and upgrades is followed by the AWD Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, and the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, which are differentiated from other 911 models by a power-retractable roof panel. The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the Carrera S, though it has been made distinct with the help of retro-styled gauges and houndstooth upholstery, as well as unique alloy wheels.

Finally, the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is the most track-ready model, as evidenced by its even larger brakes, driver-selectable toe and camber settings, rear wing and diffuser, revised front bumper, and aggressively bolstered seats. The GT3 also benefits from the use of lightweight body components.

Options and Packages
A number of desirable upgrades are available for the 2014 Porsche 911, highlights of which include dynamic chassis control, ceramic brakes, 821-watt surround-sound system, heated and cooled front seats, power tilt/slide moonroof, LED headlights, and 4-wheel steering. A navigation system is also optional, as is smartphone-enabled Internet radio service.

Under the Hood
Porsche engineers have equipped the base 2014 911 Carrera with a direct-injection, 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower and 287 lb.-ft. of torque. For the 911 Carrera S, the company utilizes a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine that generates 400 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Horsepower jumps to 430 for the special 50th Anniversary Edition, while the 911 GT3 is tuned to deliver 475 horsepower and 324 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission known as PDK is the only available gearbox for the GT3, while the other models are offered with a standard 7-speed manual. These powertrains are also responsible for motivating the AWD 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Targa 4, and 911 Targa 4S models.

The 3.8-liter engine is employed in the AWD 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo, too, though with the benefit of twin turbochargers, this variant creates 520 horsepower and 487 lb.-ft. of torque. The 911 Turbo S has been tweaked to produce 560 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Both feature the PDK.

Fuel Economy
Interestingly, the EPA claims that, for the most part, 911 coupe and convertible models offer identical fuel economy. The most efficient are rear-drive versions equipped with the 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine and PDK, a combination that's good for 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Opting for the 7-speed manual transmission or the more powerful Carrera S drops those figures by 1 mpg. Adding AWD also makes a very slight dent in 911 fuel economy, but nothing significant. And, some drivers may be surprised to learn that, despite boasting gobs more horsepower, the Turbo and Turbo S earn ratings of 17 mpg around town and 24 mpg on the freeway. It's not until you get to the track-ready 911 GT3 that estimates drop to 15 and 20 mpg, respectively.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 Porsche 911.

Among the 911's standard and optional safety features are 8 air bags, rearview camera, front and rear park-assist sensors, intelligent cruise control, and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist.

Available Trims for the 2014 Porsche 911 Coupe

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Carrera 7 speed manual $84,300 350-hp / 3.4L 6-cyl 19/27
Carrera 4 7 speed manual $91,030 350-hp / 3.4L 6-cyl 19/27
Carrera S 7 speed manual $98,900 400-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 19/27
Carrera 4S 7 speed manual $105,630 400-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 18/26
50th Anniversary Edition 7 speed manual $124,100 430-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 19/27
GT3 7 speed automatic with auto-shift $130,400 475-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 15/20
Turbo 7 speed automatic with auto-shift $148,300 520-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 0/0
Turbo S 7 speed automatic with auto-shift $181,100 560-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl 0/0

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