Following on from Porsche Boxster S this is the second part of our reviewing the two Porsches we had to play with at FastFox HQ. To remind you we had the Boxster S with PDK and this special Martini Edition 911 Carrara. This is what we thought of the 911.
The problem we have here with this review is that we are naturally going to compare the two models as they were road tested at the same time. The actual model tested here is the standard Porsche 911 Carrera with the special Martini livery to celebrate the launch of the “Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition”. This is to coincide with this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans race. Marking the return of Porsche to endurance motorsport is a limited edition 911 in traditional Martini racing design, which reflects the styling of Porsche race cars of the 1970s. The 911 Carrera S pays tribute to the successes of the legendary Porsche Le Mans race cars such as the 917 and the 935 “Moby Dick”. The special edition is limited to 80 units worldwide and obviously more expensive than this model if you can get your hand on one.
When comparing this 911 to the Boxster S the obvious thing that stands out is that the performance figures are almost identical. This is because the Boxster had the full sports package. When you compare the cost of the Boxster is almost £25k less making it a really attractive option. At the end of the day though. This is a 911. All 911s are very special in terms of engineering and driver experience as well as that extra kudos that it’s a 911 and nothing else. There are currently twenty 911 models available not including the special editions. My particular favorite is the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S which I hope to get hold of again soon.
Verdict: Although I not giving this model top marks. It is an outstanding car to drive. If you are going to buy one it is well worth spending a little extra for a whole lot more. I would always go for the PDK gearbox with the Sports Exhaust. It adds a lot of fun to the driving experience and would score 5 stars all day long.
Road Tested by: Adam McCartney
With thanks to: Porsche Sheffield Tel: 0114 256 4455 http://www.porsche.co.uk/Sheffiel
Porsche Boxster S (with PDK)
Power 315 bhp
Top Speed 172 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph) 4.8 secs (in Sports+ Mode)
Fuel Consumption Combined 35.3 mpg
Price from £48,957.00
Porsche 911 Carrera (without PDK)
Power 350 bhp
Top Speed 179 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph) 4.8 secs
Fuel Consumtion Combined 31.4 mpg
Price from £73,509.00