Discussion in '911' started by Merc1, Nov 9, 2011.
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet First Drive
Further notes by Autocar's Sutcliffe.
Just a quick tech-question: what is the launch-rpm for the 991's LC?
Quattroruote says it's 5500 rpm, while all the videos I've seen on the net shows starts from 6500?
Is it has to do something with the PSM ON and Off?
Most will find Start-Stop obtrusive and even intimidating on all new cars fitted with the system. Most will never get used to it and where applicable switch it off. A system develop to keep legislators (or is it dictators!?) happy. There is no democracy as far as the green thing goes.
New Porsche 911 vs Jaguar XKR | Group Tests | Auto Express
Age catches up with everyone – but not everything. The Porsche 911 can trace its roots back to 1963, but a process of constant evolution and development has maintained its status as one of the most desirable and capable sports cars that money can buy.
The latest incarnation promises to be the best yet; bigger, faster, more powerful and more economical than ever before. It has the potential to raise the bar even higher, but trying to improve on a winning formula is fraught with difficulties. Will the changes attract new customers or upset die-hards?
We’ve been eager to find out, and see how the new 991 version rates on British roads. This test of the new Carrera S should provide the answers. Its rival has home advantage, as the Jaguar XKR Coupé is designed, engineered and built in the UK.
At £78,550, the Jag also has price on its side, as it undercuts the £83,629 Porsche. The XKR is the consummate grand tourer, with a supercharged V8 that delivers instant and effortless performance.
If the Porsche 911 has indeed grown up, this is the car it needs to beat.
1st Porsche 911 Carrera S
Has iconic car been improved by its most radical redesign yet?
2nd Jaguar XKR-S Convertible
This supercharged V8 grand tourer takes the fight to Porsche’s new thoroughbred
This was always going to be a bruising encounter. The Porsche 911 is a sports car legend, while the sleek and powerful Jaguar has the performance to humble much more expensive supercars. So, which one of our duo takes the spoils?
The Jaguar is certainly in with a shout. Its characterful V8 provides unrivalled real-world performance, while its sleek looks still have the ability to turn heads. Further boosting its chances are a classy and well equipped cabin, impeccable manners on the motorway and a hair-raising soundtrack from the exhaust.
Even a short drive in the 911 is enough to confirm that the rear-engined model’s magic remains. The iconic looks and familiar howl from the flat-six engine are both present and correct. But it’s the way the Porsche drives that sets it apart.
Its controls are beautifully weighted and full of feedback, while staggering grip and beautiful balance make it a rapid and rewarding choice for back-road blasts. But it’s the 911’s ability to mix this dynamic superiority with comfort, reasonable refinement and a dash of practicality that gives it the edge over the Jaguar in this contest.
It’s expensive, and we’d like more standard kit, but that isn’t enough to deny the Porsche victory.
Porsche 911 Carrera S ★★★★★
Fans of the 911 can rest easy, as the latest model picks up the baton from its predecessor. It’s better than the car it replaces and its character has survived intact. While the PDK model is expected to account for the lion’s share of sales, we’d be tempted to stick with the manual – but the Carrera S is all the performance car you’ll ever need.
Jaguar XKR Coupe ★★★★
Dramatic straight-line speed is only part of the XKR’s appeal. The Jaguar matches effortless performance to a cosseting cabin and suprisingly practical hatchback body. It’s a fine GT, at its best cruising on motorways and sweeping A-roads, but it doesn’t provide enough B-road thrills to rival the Porsche as a genuine sports car.
Video review from Auto Express
GRIP review of the cabrio. NB: NSFW
Richard Meaden has a few things to say about the 991 Carrera
Video: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4 video review and pictures | evo
On another note, what is the word on the manual? Is it fake? I know I haven't followed this as closely as I should...
I doubt that, I don't know if a fake 'manual' is even feasible. But the very few reviews I have seen haven't been exactly glowing.
^ Let me guess, the 550-hp-GT-T beat it...
^Nah it is Evo, I am going to go with Evora or AM, and no not for patriotic reasons, but cause evo likes their cars simple and mechanical.
You mean the GTR? I would say so too.