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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

#20
in Midsize coupes
2018 MODEL

$91,100 - $112,000

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Overview

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 drivers the real feel of speed. In its segment, the sports 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.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Stylish and elegant cabin

Luxurious interior

Iconic body styling

Excellent steering and handling

A plethora of customization options

Cons

Rear seating lacks comfort and is somewhat unusable

Infotainment system could have been better

What's New?

Introduction of the Carrera T model


Features

Engine

h6 cyl

3 disp

MPG

31 city

29 hwy

Power

370 hp

331 torq

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

transmission

Manual



Styles

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Agate Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

9.5

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

4.8

Exterior

5.7

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Carrera

Carrera

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$91,100

Configurations
Carrera 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/29)

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Carrera 4

Carrera 4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$98,000

Configurations
Carrera 4 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/28)

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Carrera S

Carrera S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$105,100

Configurations
Carrera S 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/29)

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Carrera 4S

Carrera 4S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$112,000

Configurations
Carrera 4S 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/28)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 20 days ago

6.7

Overall Rating


 

9.5/10
Engine

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.8/10
Interior

 

5.7/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

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.

Features

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera is available in 4 trim levels: the Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, and Carrera 4S. 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 and Carrera 4. For rest of the trims, the engine delivers 420 hp and 368 lb.-ft. of torque.

Trims

Carrera

Carrera S

Carrera 4

Carrera 4S

MSRP

$91,100

$105,100

$98,000

$112,000

Features

  • 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine (370 hp, 331 lb-ft
  • A seven-speed manual gearbox is standard
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • 4-way power driver seat
  • Electric power steering
  • Extended cabin heating
  • Rear spoiler
  • 3.0-liter flat-six engine with more power (420 hp, 368 lb-ft)
  • Larger brakes
  • A limited-slip differential
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Optional features: Sport suspension
  • Active stabilizer bars
  • Rear-wheel steering system
  • Features Same as Carrera Plus:
  • All-Wheel Drive System
  • Features Same as Carrera S Plus:
  • All-Wheel Drive System

 

Pricing options for the base model Porsche 911 Carrera starts from $91,100. The most need to be expensed for the Carrera 4S, which starts from $112,00. 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.

We Recommend

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

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.

Engine

9.5/10

“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-cylinder Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 bi-turbo 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 NA 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.) NA 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

6.6/10

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.

Interior

4.8/10

“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 cu-ft. This is much greater than the 50 cu-ft offered by R8. Nonetheless, Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT offers more passenger volume of 79 and 86 ft. cube, respectively.

Model Porsche 911 Carrera Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Nissan GT-R Audi R8
Passenger capacity 4 2 4 2
Passenger Volume (cu-ft) 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

Infotainment System

The infotainment system integrated into 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 cu-ft. This is less than the competition, where Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT has the most of 10.1 cu-ft. Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R offer a cargo volume of 8.0 and 8.8 cu-ft, respectively.

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

Exterior

5.7/10

“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
Wheelbase(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

 

Safety

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

 

Competition

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera vs 2018 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.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera vs 2018 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.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera vs 2018 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

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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