Auto review: 2021 Porsche 911 turbo delivers legendary performance, latest tech

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Business News

—Lightweight noise-insulated glass

—Carbon fiber roof

—LED matrix design headlights

—Lane-keeping and -change assist

—Adaptive cruise control

—20-inch front, 21-inch rear Turbo S design wheels

—Sport exhaust

—Porsche adaptive suspension management (PASM)

—Porsche dynamic chassis control (PDCC)

—Front axle 40-mm lift for obstacles

—Carbon fiber interior trim

—Carbon fiber door sills

—Racing Yellow seat belts

The concept of comparison shopping means something different in the 911 turbo’s neighborhood. Owners don’t weigh fuel economy, monthly payments or resale value. The 911 promises and delivers sophistication, legendary looks and name and performance. For nearly 60 years, nothing else has been in its class.

For Porsche’s next trick, the automaker must transmit that magic heritage to the electric vehicles that will define its future.


2021 Porsche 911 turbo at a glance

Base price: $170,800


Price as tested: $219,300

All-wheel drive 2+2 sports coupe

On sale now

Engine: Turbocharged 3.7L flat-six

Output: 572 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 553 lb-ft of torque @2,250-4,500 rpm

Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic

EPA fuel economy estimate: 15 mpg city/20 highway/17 combined. Premium fuel

EPA estimated annual fuel cost: $3,100

Wheelbase: 96.5 inches

Length: 178.6

Width: 74.9 (without mirrors)

Height: 51.3 (with standard PASM suspension)

Curb weight: 3,635 lbs.

Passenger volume: 70 cubic feet

Cargo volume: 4.5 cubic feet in front trunk; 9.3 cubic feet in rear seat

Assembled in Zuffenhausen, Germany

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