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2019 Porsche 911: Everything You Need to Know
About the Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 is the German sports-car maker's true center and is considered by many car enthusiasts to be one of a few supercars that can be driven every day. First revealed at auto shows in 1963, it has evolved through many changes and deep tech development. But today, it continues with the same overall shape and basic flat-six-cylinder engine layout as it had when it went on sale as a 1965 model. It has also developed into dozens of factory-built race car types, winning both on and off pavement.
What's New in the 2019 Porsche 911?
The 2019 Porsche 911 will be updated in 2020 with a new generation. Meanwhile, the 2019 model continues on sale through the end of this year. All of the current 911 models except the limited-production, 500-horsepower GT3 and GT3 RS are now turbocharged.
What Does the Porsche 911 Compete With?
Porsche's 911, priced from around $90,000 to nearly $300,000, targets the following sports cars:
- Acura NSX
- Aston Martin Vantage
- Audi R8
- BMW i8
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and ZR-1
- Ferrari 488
- Jaguar F-Type R
- Lamborghini Huracán
- Maserati GranTurismo
- Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, GT C, and GT R
- McLaren 570GT
- McLaren 570S
- McLaren 600LT
- Nissan GT-R
The 2019 Porsche 911 is an excellent choice for enthusiasts who love driving a car that feels sporty, powerful, precise, and well-engineered but also need a fairly practical everyday car.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Porsche 911
Even though the Porsche 911's overall shape is now old enough to be a member of the AARP, it simply does not age. And even though it's wide (some models are very wide), the 911 does not look threatening like some other exotic sports cars
Big, round headlights at the front lead into fenders that hint at the original 911, just like the sloping roofline. The front trunk lid begins at a very low height, at bumper level, since the engine is in the rear. The 2019 911's body grows in width depending on the model. The Turbo, GT3, and GT2 RS are the widest and also use the widest wheels and tires. All 911s also have various rear spoilers and wings, depending on the model. These range from automatically rising spoilers to the racing-derived wings of the GT3 and GT2.
Porsche's headlamp design, with four small LED lights shining inside the round lamp, are also present at the rear, where taillights with four red LEDs are arranged in a similar pattern.
Interior Style in the 2019 Porsche 911
The 911 gives its driver a wide, clear view outside. Many sports cars suffer from limited visibility to the rear, sides, or even the front because the seat is so low. But the 911 places the driver up a bit higher. Those seats give great support in both twisty-road driving and long-distance travel.
The more expensive models, like the Turbo, come with more aggressive seats to hold you in place during rapid changes in direction, while the GT3 and GT2 models have racing seats that pin you in place even more firmly. Leather and power adjustment are standard, while suede, heating, ventilation and 18-way power adjustments are optional. Headroom and legroom in front are very generous.
Except for the track-focused models, Porsche makes the 911 with four seats. Those in the rear are okay for small kids, and baby seats actually work fine back there, too. But do not attempt to put adults in the 911's back seat. They may need suction, tow ropes, or Vaseline to extract them.
The instrument panel is still generally laid out as it has been since the 911 first went into production, with five main dials in front of the driver. The middle-right dial is now a digital screen than shows information like turn-by-turn navigation, audio system status, or fuel use.
The Porsche Communications Management (PCM) seven-inch touchscreen is a little quirky, but it responds to input rapidly and offers navigation, voice recognition, and control of audio and phone. Apple CarPlay, two UBS ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard, as well. Other standard interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. Cargo space in the 911 front trunk will fit one carry-on-sized roller bag (or two smaller ones, or soft-sided luggage). However, the rear seats can also fold down to give a flat load surface.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Porsche 911?
The 2019 Porsche 911 offers as standard equipment:
- Parking sensors
- Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display
- Xenon adaptive headlamps
- Adaptive suspension
- Apple CarPlay
Higher-level models offer additional features, such as the choice of two 12-speaker audio systems, a multi-function steering wheel, and keyless entry and ignition. Some of these items can be added to lower trim models as options or packages.
What Safety Features are in in the 2019 Porsche 911?
The 2019 Porsche 911 comes standard with only one active safety feature, a stability management system.
Optionally, and standard on the higher-range models, the 911 offers many of the active safety features currently on the market, such as those listed below.
- Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking: This system can detect another car, pedestrian, or bicyclist in your path and alert you with both an audible alarm and a visual warning if the 911 might run into the object in front. If you do not brake in time to avoid impact, the car will hit the brakes for you.
- Lane departure warning: An audible and visual signal will alert you when you come too close to the edge of your lane.
- Lane-keeping assist: If you come too too close to the edge of your lane, the system will gently steer the car back into the center of the lane.
- Adaptive cruise control: This feature is set like normal cruise control, although you can also adjust your following distance to the next vehicle ahead. If the vehicle in front slows down, your car keeps pace by sensing the distance and slowing you down, as well.
- Blind-spot monitoring: This system alerts you to vehicles in an obscured field of vision to the rear sides of your car.
- Traffic sign recognition: This system reads traffic signs like speed limits and display them in the instrument panel.
What is the 2019 Porsche 911 like to drive?
Porsche builds cars that feel rewarding to drive on challenging roads and feel great to drive fast. Even though Porsche builds more than 20 separate models within the 911 range, they all deliver fantastic feel, outstanding acceleration, nimble handling, and exceptional quality.
At the heart of the 911 is the six-cylinder engine, which has its cylinders laid flat with three pistons on each side, creating what some call a "boxer" layout. The term comes from the fact that the pistons move in opposition to each other, like the gloves of two boxers.
The base 911 Carrera and Carrera T models' twin-turbo, 3.0-liter engine makes 370 horsepower, the lowest output in the whole 911 range, but it lacks nothing. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds with the PDK dual-clutch automatic and in 4.3 seconds with the seven-speed manual. From there, it continues on to a top speed well over 180 mph.
Horsepower increases as you move up through the range. The engine in the Carrera S produces 443 horsepower, and the one in the GTS makes 450 horsepower. The GT3 and GT3 RS come with 500 and 520 horsepower engines, respectively, while the 911 Turbo and Turbo S receive 540 or 580 horsepower powerplants. Finally, the GT2 RS’s engine puts out a whopping 690 horsepower.
The common thread for all 911s is a solid connection to the driver's hands, feet, and maybe even brain. It might be a cliché, but to call the 911 the nearly perfect driver's car is quite accurate.
Should I buy a 2019 Porsche 911?
No Porsche is cheap, and at roughly $92,000, the base 911 Carrera is nowhere near the cheapest Porsche. But few thoroughbred sports cars give an enthusiast driver a grin at every corner, a chuckle on every quick upshift, and a thrill at every hard stab of the brakes. And, surprisingly, these qualities are combined with everyday usability, decent interior space, stellar build quality, and real reliability.
Should I buy a used Porsche 911?
Used Porsche 911 prices – especially older ones – have shot up in the collector-car world. But the good news is that more recent 911s, from the past ten to twelve years or so, have dropped at a normal rate, making them much more affordable than a new one. And they’re certainly more affordable than an older classic.
Although these 911s of the past decade might not have all the latest active safety features, nor an updated infotainment system, they certainly offer the great driving qualities for which Porsche is well-known. In the used Porsche world, a shopper should always find an independent mechanic familiar with 911s and pay the small fee for a pre-purchase inspection. That will be money well spent should something be wrong with a used 911, because repairs can be costly.
How much does the new 2019 Porsche 911 cost?
Porsche 911s start at $92,350, including destination charges, and climb all the way to $294,450 for the track-ready GT2 RS, with 21 other models sandwiched in between.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Porsche 911
- Outstanding handling, acceleration, and braking capabilities
- Over 20 different individual models
- A laundry list of options to choose from
- A thoroughbred sports car you can live with and drive everyday
- Cost ranges from expensive to very expensive
- Maintenance items (brakes, clutches, fluids, labor for service) are very expensive
- Infotainment system has its quirks, though Apple CarPlay is standard and can replace much of that quirkiness
- Android Auto is not available
The History of the Porsche 911: Over half a century of 911 performance
The six-cylinder Porsche 911 was first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for the four-cylinder Porsche 356. The older model had sprung from the Volkswagen Beetle, but by then it had become dated and was only loosely connected to the Bug.
On sale by 1965, the 911 spawned additional models through the years, like the 911 Targa with a removable roof panel, the 911S, 911 Carrera RS 2.7, 911 Turbo, 911 Cabriolet, 911 Speedster, 911 GT2 and GT3, and dozen of factory-built racing models. Various models of the 911 have won an estimated 30,000 races, more than any other car in history.
Though Porsche now builds SUVs and sedans, such as the Panamera and the Cayenne, the 911 is still really the soul of the Porsche lineup.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Porsche 911
- Body Style
- 3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Boxer 6 Cylinder
- 379 hp
- 8-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Rear Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Apple CarPlay
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Boxer 6 Cylinder
- Transmission: 8-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
- Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- 3.39 Axle Ratio
- Engine Oil Cooler
- Battery w/Run Down Protection
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
- Electric Power-Assist Steering
- 16.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
- Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
- Wheels: 19" Front/20" Rear Carrera
- Tires: 235/40ZR19 Front & 295/35ZR20 Rear -inc: Performance summer
- Wheels w/Silver Accents
- Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Side Windows Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Power Spoiler
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Rear Fog Lamps
- Perimeter/Approach Lights
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: Porsche Communication Management (PCM) -inc: Porsche Connect Plus (online navigation, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, 4G/LTE telephone module and wireless internet access), Porsche Car Connect (car finder, remote vehicle status, remote services and Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS)), sound package plus analog sound system, 8 loudspeakers, 150-watt total output w/integral amplifier and digital signal processing, Subscription required for Porsche Car Connect
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
- Streaming Audio
- Window Grid Diversity Antenna
- Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
- 3 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Real-Time Traffic Display
- 4-Way Sport Seats
- 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
- 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
- 50-50 Folding Bucket Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Fixed Rear Windows
- Sport Leather Steering Wheel
- Front Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
- Valet Function
- Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Illuminated Ignition Switch
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
- HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
- Cruise Control
- Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Leather Door Trim Insert
- Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
- Partial Leather Seat Trim
- Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Front Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
- Driver And Passenger Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Digital/Analog Display
- Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
- Fixed Front Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Air Filtration
- Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- ParkAssist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
- Warn and Brake Assist
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera