2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Review

The sports car industry wouldn’t have been what it is now without the Porsche 911 Carrera. Ever since its debut in 1963, the ride has revolutionized the way sports cars were imagined as well as designed. Porsche 911 Carrera has been perfected with each iteration, to which the latest built is no exception.

The latest 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera is backed by a 3.0L Twin-Turbo Flat-Six Engine. While the base model offers 370 hp of power and 331 lb.-ft. of torque, the S trims pack 420 hp and 368 lb.-ft. of power and torque, respectively.

Porsche 911 Carrera is one of the most elegant and reliable rides to offer riders the real feel of speed. In its segment, the racing car competes with the likes of Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT. Even though its power and torque capabilities are less than the competitors, Porsche 911 Carrera is one of the cheapest buys with a stylish build, a lucrative fuel economy, and an impeccable racing car disposition.

What will impress you:

  • Powerful engine
  • Stylish and elegant cabin
  • Luxurious interior
  • Iconic body styling
  • Excellent steering and handling
  • A plethora of customization options

What won’t:

  • Rear seating lacks comfort and is somewhat unusable
  • Infotainment system could have been better

What’s New in 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera?

There are several upgrades available for the 2018 Porsche 911. The most important of which is the introduction of the Carrera T model. Based on the base Carrera coupe, the T in the car name stands for Touring.

Carrera T lacks some of the luxuries offered by most Carrera models but features a lowered and lightened build to make speed thrills better. Other than this, important new feats in the Carrera lineup are:

  • 3.0 S Powerkit, Now Available! – For an extra expense of $12,350, an optional 3.0 S Powerkit is available for Carrera S and 4S trims. It boosts the engine power 30 points higher to a total of 450 hp
  • Airier Cabin – All Porsche 911 trims feature a carbon-based cabin filter and a new readout on the instrument cluster for displaying air circulation
  • New Seat Styling Themes – Choose beige motif or classy brown
  • Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance – All trims of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera comes with a single year of free-of-cost scheduled maintenance

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Trims and Features

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera is available in 8 trim levels: the Carrera, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera S, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Carrera 4S, and Carrera 4S Cabriolet. Each Porsche 911 Carrera trim packs a 3.0L Twin-Turbo Flat-Six Engine. However, the power and torque delivered are of two types.

The engine delivers 370 hp and 331 lb.-ft. torque in models Carrera, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera 4, and Carrera 4 Cabriolet. For rest of the trims, the engine delivers 420 hp and 368 lb.-ft. of torque. All cabriolet trims come with a convertible feature.

Trims Carrera Carrera Cabriolet
MSRP $91,100 $103,400
Features Carrera models are rear-wheel-drive coupes and are equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine (370 hp, 331 lb-ft). A seven-speed manual gearbox is standard; the PDK dual-clutch automatic is optional. Features Same as Carrera Plus:

Convertible Feature

 

Trims Carrera S Carrera S Cabriolet
MSRP $105,100 $117,400
Features S models (aside from the Turbo S) have a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine with more power (420 hp, 368 lb-ft), larger brakes, a limited-slip differential and 20-inch wheels. Optional features on S models that are unavailable on the base versions include a sport suspension, active stabilizer bars, and rear-wheel steering system. Features Same as Carrera S Plus:

Convertible Feature

 

Trims Carrera 4 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
MSRP $98,000 $110,300
Features Features Same as Carrera Plus:

All Wheel Drive System

Features Same as Carrera 4 Plus:

Convertible Feature

 

Trims Carrera 4S Carrera 4S Cabriolet
MSRP $112,000 $124,300
Features Features Same as Carrera S Plus:

All Wheel Drive System

Features Same as Carrera 4S Plus:

Convertible Feature

Pricing options for the base model Porsche 911 Carrera starts from $91,100. The most need to be expensed for the Carrera 4S Cabriolet trim, which starts from $124,300. All-wheel drive and a 7-speed manual gearbox are standard across all Porsche 911 Carrera trims. All S trims have larger brakes, 20-inch wheels and a limited-slip differential. Active stabilizer bars, sports suspension, and rear-wheel steering system are option feats on the S models.

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There are just so many options one can choose for the Porsche 911 Carrera. While all the S models have more power and torque along with other feats, all cabriolets come with a convertible feature. Priced at $105,100, Carrera S provides the most value for money.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Rear
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Rear

This is not only because it is cheapest S trim of the Porsche Carrera S, but it allows you to add optional feats like active stabilizer bars and sports suspension. The $14k expense is purely justifiable, mainly because of the 20-inch wheels, better braking, and a limited-slip differential. Plus, there are several packages available like the Sport Exhaust and the Sport Chrono.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Engine and Performance

“The 2018 Porsche 911 is a superlative sports car that has defied its age. It’s a classic, but performs better than nearly any newcomer to its arena.” – carconnection

Engine and Transmission

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera makes use of a Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L Boxer 6-Cylinder engine. The drivetrain in all Porsche 911 Carrera trims is Rear-Wheel Drive, or better known as RWD. The power and torque delivered by the engine are different for Carrera base trims and Carrera S trims. For the former, the power and torque are 370 hp and 331 lb.-ft. While for the latter, the engine delivers 420 hp and 368 lb.-ft. of torque.

Models Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
MSRP $91,100 $12,4400 $99,990 $16,4900
Engine Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L Boxer 6 Cylinde Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo 3.8L twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 5.2L FSI dual-injection V10
Drive Train RWD RWD AWD AWD
Transmission 7-Speed Manual 7-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 370 hp 469 hp @ 6000 rpm 565 hp @ 6,800 rpm 540 hp @ 78,00 rpm
Torque 331 lb-ft 465 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm 467 lb-ft @ 5,800 rpm 398 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm

Acceleration

Having a 4.4 seconds acceleration time for hitting the 60 MPH mark is impressive. However, it is the slowest among the competition, led by Nissan GT-R with 2.9 seconds. The same feat is 3.5 seconds and 3.9 seconds for Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT, respectively.

Models Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
0-60 MPH 4.4 sec 3.9 sec 2.9 sec 3.5 sec
Quarter mile 11.4 sec 16.0 sec 10.9 sec
Engine 3.0L 4.0L 3.8L 5.2L
Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.7 9.8 9.8 10.4

Having a 7.7 CO2 emission rating is a relief and the best one can get in the segment. While the Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT tie at 9.8, Audi R8 has the highest CO2 emission value of 10.4.

Ride and Handling

Riding the Porsche 911 Carrera has always been a joy for the lovers of speed. Officially known as the Porsche Active Suspension Management, driver-adjustable adaptive dampers are available in all 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera trims. It offers two modes, Normal and Sports.

Moreover, Carrera offers brake-based torque vectoring and rear-wheel steering. These are excellent agility-enhancing options without losing control, even to the slightest. The one-of-its-kind power-steering system in 911 Carrera delivers a steady road feel. Also, the driver gets precise info on the situation of the front tires.

Braking

Porsche 911 Carrera features a well-balanced braking system. Both the front and the rear brakes are 13 inches. This is the smallest brake size in the competition. Nissan GT-R has the most brake size, 15.4 inches and 15.0 inches for the front and rear brakes, respectively.

Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Brake Front(in) 13.0 14.2 15.4 14.4
Brake Rear(in) 13.0 14.2 15.0 14.0
Curb weight(lbs) 3153 3682 3929 3737
60-0 MPH (ft.) 96 94 96

Curb weight of Porsche 911 Carrera is one of its best features, a mere total of 3153 lbs. This is 529, 584 and 776 lbs. less than that of AMG-GT, Audi R8, and Nissan GT-R, respectively. Therefore, the lighter build grants better braking capability to the coupe.

Fuel Economy

Obviously, fuel economy doesn’t factor in purchasing high-performance cars to the likes of Porsche 911 Carrera. Nonetheless, having an above average economy is certainly better. The latest entry into the Porsche 911 Carrera delivers a 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on highways. Together, it delivers an impressive fuel economy of 23 mpg, which is far better than its contemporaries.

Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
MPG (city) 20 16 16 14
MPG (highway) 29 21 22 22
MPG (combined) 23 18 18 17

While the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT and Nissan GT-R deliver a combined fuel economy of 18 mpg, Audi R8 max out on 17 mpg.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Exterior

“It is a sexy machine with wide hips and a sinister stance, but retains an unmistakable understated elegance lost on the Porsche’s more radically styled competitors. It turns heads, but never draws a sneer. And the valet always keeps it up front.”-Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Porsche 911 Carrera flaunts to have the lightest build, with a total curb weight of 3153 lbs. This is over 500 lbs. less than the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT and even lesser than that of Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R. Dimension-wise, Carrera has 177.1 inches, 71.2 inches and 50.9 inches of length, width and height, respectively. The length and width of Carrera are less than that of AMG-GT and GT-R but greater than that of the sleek Audi R8.

Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
curb weight(lbs) 3153 3682 3929 3737
Length(in) 177.1 179.0 185.4 174.3
Width(in) 71.2 76.3 74.6 46.4
Height(in) 50.9 49.6 53.9 48.8
Ground clearance(in) 4.3 4.9 4.3 4.3
Wheel base(in) 96.5 103.5 109.4 104.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.7/59.8 66.1/65.0 62.6/63.3 64.5/63.0

Exterior Features

The Porsche 911 offers a great amount of variation in Carrera and Carrera S trims, however, the iconic shape remains the same. Enduring an entire half-century is something remarkable that the Carrera body styling has achieved. It is actually a mesh of coupe, convertible and Targa body styles. New to the exterior of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera is:

  • A unique graphic on the side
  • Front lip spoiler and gray exterior mirror caps
  • 20-inch wheels option
  • A new white hue, dubbed Chalk available for $3150

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Interior

“Loads of headroom and good forward visibility. Materials quality and driving position are excellent. Though the backseats are small, not many competitors even offer them. Limited rear visibility and a backup camera that isn’t great.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera ties with the Nissan GT-R in terms of passenger capacity, which is 4. Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT can accommodate only 2 persons. The Porsche 911 Carrera has a well-built and comfortable passenger volume of 70 ft. cube. This is much greater than the 50 ft. cube offered by R8. Nonetheless, Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT offers more passenger volume of 79 and 86 ft. cube, respectively.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Seating
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Seating
Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Passenger capacity 4 2 4 2
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 70.0 86 79 50
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A 39.5/55.6/45.2 38.1/54.3/44.6 38.5/55.1/40.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A N/A 26.4/50.0/26.4 N/A

Weight Distribution

Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Weight % (Front) 43 47 54 44
Weight % (Rear) 57 53 46 56

Infotainment System

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Dashboard
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Dashboard

The infotainment system integrated to the Porsche 911 Carrera is almost monochromatic and chic. It blends in effortlessly with other controls on the dashboard. While navigating the several available menus are easy, the display performance is somewhat snippy at times. The 2017 iteration of the Carrera introduced simplified on-screen menu and on-screen shortcuts, which are now enhanced.

Interior Features

The interior of the Carrera is specifically designed to allow the passengers to enjoy the coupe’s powerful performance. And with each iteration, it keeps on getting better and better. The inside of the 2018 avatar of the legendary sports car features:

  • Several new two-tone seat options, including Black and Chalk with Guards Red stitching
  • Greater customization with Porsche’s Exclusive program
  • Enhanced interior air filter
  • A new page in the instrument digital readout, displaying cabin air circulation

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity isn’t much of a concern in sports cars. For Porsche 911 Carrera, it is merely 5.1 cube ft. This is less than the competition, where Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT has the most of 10.1 cube ft. Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R offer a cargo volume of 8.0 and 8.8 cube ft., respectively.

Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Volume (cube ft) 5.1 10.1 8.8 8.0

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Safety Ratings and Reliability

Safety and reliability are of essence to any sports car, to which the Porsche 911 Carrera is no exception. In addition to having 4-wheel ABS, the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera comes with 4-wheel disc brakes. Brakes assist and electronic stability control are also available in addition to the DRL (Daytime Running Lights).

Additionally, the racing coupe has auto-leveling headlights, blind spot monitor and lane departure warning system as important safety measures.

Safety Features

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Head-to-Head Competition Check

Audi R8

Audi R8 is one of the costlier racing car options, priced at $164,900. However, it is worth that money especially because of its powerful 5.2L FSI engine that delivers 540 hp of power and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. The 0-60 MPH acceleration time is also impressive at 3.5 seconds. Moreover, it makes a quarter-mile distance in just 10.9 seconds, best than any other racing coupe.

The CO2 emission rating of 10.4 is an issue. Additionally, it is one of the heaviest racing cars with a bulky curb weight of 3737 lbs.

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT is capable to deliver 469 hp of solid power and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. All thanks to the Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo engine. Acceleration time of 3.9 seconds from 0-60 MPH isn’t impressive and a CO2 emission value of 9.8 is not also good. However, it has a great ground clearance of 4.9 inches, about 0.6 inches more than that of the 911 Porsche Carrera.

Nissan GT-R

Pricing options for Nissan GT-R start from $99,990. This is about $9k more than that of the Carrera but cheaper than most other racing coupes. With the 3.8L twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine, it is capable of delivering excellent power and torque performance. Moreover, the 0-60 MPH acceleration feat of 2.9 seconds is among the best.

GT-R takes about 16 seconds to cover a quarter-mile distance, which is a shame compared to its lightning-quick acceleration. Moreover, the curb weight of 3929 makes it one of the heavier racing coupes in the market.

Final Verdict for 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera is not only lighter but offers an impressive fuel economy that most Coupe in its league fail to do. The car is a perfect blend of style, performance, and power. However, if it is blazing speeds you’re after then it’s probably to best to let go the 911 Carrera option off your list.

Nonetheless, those aiming for a Coupe that isn’t ace of any but jack of many, then the ride is your call. Moreover, the lower pricing options make Porsche 911 Carrera a great option for lesser and casual racers.

 

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