2018 Porsche 911 Review
About the 2018 Porsche 911
The latest iteration of Porsche’s signature model includes some minor improvements after a complete refresh for 2017. There are over 20 model variants to the 2018 911 starting at the standard rear-wheel-drive Carrera coupe through to the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo. Between these two bookends are all-wheel-drive models, targa roof, and cabriolet variants, as well as the well-equipped GTS and race-ready GT3.
Regardless of model variant, they all feature Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including navigation, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche’s new turbocharged engines. Over the years the 911 has evolved from a sportscar bred for on-track performance to a car that is as comfortable on your daily commute as it is darting in and out of high-speed corners.
What the Critics Say
“Few cars match the 911’s poise in so many areas. The 911 range is at once fast yet tremendously composed, rewarding and civilized.” — Edmunds.com
“No driver or passenger will question the primary mission of the GTS, which is to cover the real estate between two points in the shortest possible time while putting a smile on its operator’s face. Its handling is sharp and precise, its brakes are nosebleed strong, and the acceleration is dizzying — but it has a much softer side, too.” — Autotrader
What’s New for 2018
The 2018 Porsche 911 lineup receives just a handful of new features including your First Year Scheduled Maintenance. The lineup also gains an improved cabin filter and an updated color palette inside and out.
Porsche 911 Features
As always, the long-list of Porsche options allow you to design a truly-unique sportscar, custom-tailored to you and without another like it anywhere in the world. From performance enhancements like Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package, Sport Exhaust Systems and Carbon-Ceramic Brakes to cabin comforts such as 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats with Memory to an 820-watt Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System, the 2018 Porsche 911 is infinitely customizable to meet your high standards.
Three separate powerplants can be found across the 911 range, but the most common is the “all-new for 2017” twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six that powers the 2018 Carrera and Carrera S models. In the Carrera, that engine develops 370 horsepower and 331 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Carrera S, it develops 420 horsepower and 368 lb.-ft. of torque. The same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six is tuned to 450 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque in the 911 GTS models. The other two power plants are significantly more rare and significantly more powerful. In the 911 Turbo and Turbo S you’ll find a larger 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder that develops 540 horsepower in the 911 Turbo and 580 horsepower in the Turbo S. Both powerplants rocket the 2018 911 from zero to sixty in under 3 seconds. You can also find the fully-tuned version of this 3.8-liter twin-turbo under the hood of the all-new 911 GT2 RS where it develops 700 horsepower.
Finally, the Porsche 911 GT3 carries the third powerplant — a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat six bred specifically for the track. Generating 500 horsepower and once again available with a manual transmission, the GT3 represents Porsche’s purest track-ready 911.
Porsche 911 Trims & Specs
While the Porsche 911 can be configured in over 20 variants, we’ve listed the most popular trims and specs below. For more information on these or any of the Porsche 911 models, contact one of our Porsche Brand Ambassadors. We love sharing our passion for — and knowledge of — the entire 911 line-up.
Starting MSRP $91,100
- 370 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
- 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds with PDK
- Available in AWD (Carrera 4) and Cabriolet models
911 Carrera S
Starting MSRP $105,100
- 420 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
- 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with PDK
- Available in AWD (Carrera 4S) and Cabriolet models
911 Targa 4
Starting MSRP $110,300
- 370 Horsepower | All Wheel Drive
- 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds with PDK
- Retractable Hardtop and Available “S” Version
Starting MSRP $161,800
- 540 Horsepower | All Wheel Drive
- 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds with Sport Chrono
- Available in Cabriolet and “S” Versions
Starting MSRP $120,700
- 450 Horsepower | Rear Wheel Drive
- 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with PDK
- Available as a Cabriolet