What’s the Best 911? We Rate All 22 Current Porsche 911 Models

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What’s the Best 911? We Rate All 22 Current Porsche 911 Models

Choice is a good thing.

But sometimes, too much choice can be overwhelming. Take the Porsche 911 for example. There are currently 22 different models on sale. You read that right – 22. And that’s just trim levels. Start looking at various feature options and personalization upgrades, and the possible Porsche 911 combinations soars into a number I have no interest in ever trying to process.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS Review

But let’s focus on just the 22 trim levels, which is confusing enough on its own. Below are the basic specs for each of the trim levels as well as a brief description as to whether or not that 911 model is worth your time and money. To make things even easier, each trim has been awarded a letter grade – like we used to get in school back in the old days.

Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera

RATING: C+

The cheapest way into a Porsche 911, performance is very impressive for the price. But a 911 Carrera S offers more performance for more money and a Cayman can be just as fun, if not slower, for less money. Budget minded 911 owners need apply. You might as well get a Cayman.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 370 hp, 331 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,153 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.0-4.4 seconds Top Speed: 182-183 mph Base Price: $89,400


Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

RATING: B-

As the cheapest 911 to come with all-wheel drive, it’s impressive for the price. Again, a Carrera 4S offers more performance for more money, but the Carrera 4 does one-up the cheaper Cayman by offering all-wheel drive.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 370 hp, 331 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,263-3,307 Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.9-4.3 seconds Top Speed: 180-181 mph Base Price: $96,300


Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

RATING: C

Although this is the cheapest convertible 911, it’s also heavier than its hardtop counterparts while still being equipped with the least powerful engine in the 911 lineup. It’s more of a grand tourer than an all-out performance car.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 370 hp, 331 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,307-3,351 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.2-4.6 seconds Top Speed: 180-181 mph Base Price: $101,700


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

RATING: C-

Similar to the 911 Carrera Cabriolet but with the added weight of all-wheel drive. Although it’s slightly faster from zero to 60 mph thanks to all-wheel drive, this 911 has one of the worst power to weight ratios of the entire lineup. It’s definitely a great all-weather grand tourer, but not an all-out sports machine.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 370 hp, 331 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,417-3,461 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.1-4.5 seconds Top Speed: 178-179 mph Base Price: $108,600


Porsche 911 Targa 4

Porsche 911 Targa 4

RATING: C+

Arguably the most stylish of all the 911 body styles, this is the cheapest of the Targa models, costing the same as an entry level 911 Cabriolet. Unfortunately, it weighs more than the Cabriolet, so performance is on the lower end of the 911 range.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 370 hp, 331 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,461-3,505 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.1-4.5 seconds Top Speed: 178-179 mph Base Price: $108,600


Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche 911 Carrera S

RATING: B

Although it’s a bit of price increase over the regular Carrera, the Carrera S offers plenty more performance and is a better choice for rear-wheel drive loving enthusiasts. Power is almost on par with the more expensive GTS and torque is much higher thanks to the turbocharged engine.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 420 hp, 368 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,175-3,219 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.7-4.1 seconds Top Speed: 190-191 mph Base Price: $103,400


Porsche Carrera 911 Carrera 4S

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

RATING: B+

Similar in idea to the 911 Carrera S, but with the addition of all-wheel drive, the 4S is a fast, all-weather performer. Again, its power puts it on par with the more expensive GTS, making the Carrera 4S a bit of a bargain in comparison.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 420 hp, 368 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,285-3,329 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.6-4.0 seconds Top Speed: 188-189 mph Base Price: $110,300


Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

RATING: B-

Offering droptop fun with the more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, the Carrera S Cabriolet is a good rear-wheel drive convertible for those seeking performance with their fun in the sun. Performance is similar to that of the more expensive GTS.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 420 hp, 368 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,329-3,373 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.9-4.3 seconds Top Speed: 189-190 mph Base Price: $115,700


Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

RATING: C+

A Porsche 911 that includes a bit of everything, the all-wheel drive, drop-top Carrera with the more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged engine does make driving more fun than the Carrera 4 Cabriolet. But of course, that extra enjoyment comes at a price.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 420 hp, 368 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,439-3,483 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.8-4.2 seconds Top Speed: 187-188 mph Base Price: $122,600


Porsche 911 Targa 4S

Porsche 911 Targa 4S

RATING: B

Once again, it’s the more powerful turbocharged Carrera engine paired up to all-wheel drive. However, here it’s paired up to the trick Targa roof. It may be heavy, but it’s also stylish and like the entire S range, close in performance to the more expensive GTS version.

Engine: 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 420 hp, 368 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,483-3,527 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.8-4.2 seconds Top Speed: 187-188 mph Base Price: $122,600


Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

RATING: B-

Still using the older 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, the 911 Carrera GTS should appeal to Porsche traditionalists, as it’s naturally aspirated. A solid performer in every way, the issue is that the turbocharged Carrera S is now incredibly close in performance for less money.

Engine: 3.8L six-cylinder Power: 430 hp, 325 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,142-3,186 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.8-4.2 seconds Top Speed: 189-190 mph Base Price: $114,200


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

RATING: B

A big, honking naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine sending power to all four wheels with a track-focused suspension. The Carrera 4 GTS is quite the performance machine, but once again, the cheaper Carrera 4S makes it seem like less of a value.

Engine: 3.8L six-cylinder Power: 430 hp, 325 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,241-3,285 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.8-4.2 seconds Top Speed: 188-189 mph Base Price: $120,900


Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

RATING: C+

The Carrera GTS Cabriolet is similar in concept to the fixed roof Carrera GTS, but equipped with a heavier, less rigid droptop.

Engine: 3.8L six-cylinder Power: 430 hp, 325 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,296-3,340 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.0-4.4 seconds Top Speed: 187-188 mph Base Price: $126,100


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet

RATING: C

A higher performance, all-wheel drive droptop 911 is an interesting idea and one we can get behind. But at this price point, the 4S Cabriolet may make more sense and if you really want to go crazy, there’s also the Turbo Cabriolets.

Engine: 3.8L six-cylinder Power: 430 hp, 325 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,395-3,439 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.0-4.4 seconds Top Speed: 187-188 mph Base Price: $132,800


Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

RATING: B-

Similar to the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, the heavier Targa may give up a bit in performance, but it still offers wind-in-the-hair motoring in a far more stylish package. Again, the lower priced Targa 4S probably makes more sense.

Engine: 3.8L six-cylinder Power: 430 hp, 325 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK, Seven-speed manual Weight: 3,439-3,483 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 4.1-4.5 seconds Top Speed: 187-188 mph Base Price: $132,800


Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3

RATING: A

In the world of Porsche 911s, the GT3 is quite the performance deal. For just $130,400, the GT3 comes with a massive 475 hp engine that can rocket the GT3 from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. It’s also one of the most track-focused 911s on sale today.

Engine: 3.8L six-cylinder Power: 475 hp, 325 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK Weight: 3,153 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.3 seconds Top Speed: 195 mph Base Price: $130,400

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

RATING: A+

Take everything that makes the Porsche 911 GT3 great and make it even better. That’s the thinking behind the GT3 RS. Lighter, more powerful and better tuned to devour racetracks, the GT3 is the ultimate track weapon in the 911 lineup. Of course, this comes at a cost…a high cost.

Engine: 4.0L six-cylinder Power: 500 hp, 339 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK Weight: 3,131 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.1 seconds Top Speed: 193 mph Base Price: $175,900


Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo

RATING: A-

Basically a rocketship wrapped in a car’s body, the 911 Turbo is an incredibly fast car. With 540 hp being sent to all four wheels, there isn’t much on the road that can catch it. The problem is, it only comes available with a seven-speed PDK, it isn’t exactly affordable and the Turbo S is even faster.

Engine: 3.8L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 540 hp, 523 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK Weight: 3,516 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 2.9 seconds Top Speed: 198 mph Base Price: $159,200


Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

RATING: A-

The Turbo Cabriolet is a crazy, crazy convertible. Some may argue it makes more sense since the 911 Turbo isn’t a completely track focused car, why not make it a droptop? The choice is ultimately yours and if you have the money, you can’t go wrong with either. But remember, the more powerful Turbo S is even better.

Engine: 3.8L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 540 hp, 523 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK Weight: 3,671 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.0 seconds Top Speed: 198 mph Base Price: $171,500


Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S

RATING: A

This is the fastest Porsche 911 on sale today, which makes sense, since it’s also the most powerful. With 580 hp unleashed from a turbocharged 3.8-liter engine, the Turbo S can run from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 205 mph. The only downside are its weight of 3,527 lbs. and a price tag not far off of $190,000.

Engine: 3.8L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 580 hp, 553 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK Weight: 3,527 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 2.8 seconds Top Speed: 205 mph Base Price: $188,100


Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

RATING: A

Do you want the wind to rip the hair right off your head? Then Porsche has a car for you! With 580 hp, the drop top Turbo S can hit a top speed of 205 mph. Perhaps the ultimate all-weather, convertible performance car, the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is not exactly affordable and is the heaviest 911 in the entire range.

Engine: 3.8L turbocharged six-cylinder Power: 580 hp, 553 lb-ft. Transmissions: Seven-speed PDK Weight: 3,682 lbs. Drivetrain: All-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 2.9 seconds Top Speed: 205 mph Base Price: $200,800


Porsche 911 R

Porsche 911 R

RATING: A++

This isn’t the most powerful or fastest 911 by any stretch of the imagination. But man, this is easily the most fun to drive of the lineup. Basically, take everything that makes the 911 GT3 RS amazing and then give the car a manual transmission and less weight. Voila – we have the Porsche 911 R. The few lucky enthusiasts who get to purchase one will be the envy of the 911 community.

Engine: 4.0L six-cylinder Power: 500 hp, 339 lb-ft. Transmissions: Six-speed manual Weight: 3,020 lbs. Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive 0-60 MPH Time: 3.7 seconds Top Speed 200 mph Base Price: $184,900

  • Noe

    Good right up and summary list.

    Personally the 4S Open and the GT RS are dreadful in the snow – even with winter tires and snow tires – fine if flat/ploughed snowy roads but on anything but they are poor due to the low clearance …… obviously at more sensible times of the year no problems

    A top tip when spec’ing the interior for an open version : DO NOT spec the tan / beige / light brown dash – at certain times of the day the light reflecting off the upper side of the dash onto the windscreen is terrible. The air vent reflection falls exactly into your line of sight. There is no issue with the dark / black dash set up. Purely the reflective nature of the colour but frustrating when driving spritely / overtaking / on twisty country roads

  • smartacus

    i guess i gotta get a 911 GT3.

    Something about 9000 RPM flat-six and center-lug rims make it even more special.

    And wow, six trim levels are more expensive

  • Gregger1

    Who is the ‘expert’ who ‘rated’ these??

  • Gregger1

    I don’t agree. But we have never listened to Porsche on their winter rim size recommendations….we do narrow all around on custom 18″ wheels….winter ‘snows’, not all-season. This is Wisconsin winters we are talking. Started with 993 C4, Turbo, 996C4, and now 6th winter on 997II C4S. Winter driving is a blast….we leave SUV’s in the dust. All suspensions are significantly modified/lowered…..yes we do take the AMG on heavy snow mornings…..but I would not be without a C4 911 in the winter…..way too much fun.

  • Noe

    The USA road clearing is better than here.

    I am in Japan and the ploughing in the country house area is horrendous (1,250m elevation).

    As typed/mentioned the tires were/are not so much of the issue as was the clearing …… these cars are fine on snow as long as the snow is ploughed flat and its soft powder / shallow enough for the nose to clear. On poorly cleared roads / roads with refrozen snow thats like rock they are dreadful …. unfortunately this year thats the winter i had

    Thankfully majority of the snow is now behind us for 2016

  • Moby Dick

    In reality, if you’re never taking the car to the track, here’s what you should get:
    -Carrera S or Carrera 4S (if you have to deal with snow).

    that’s it.