2008 Porsche 911 Photo
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
Quick Take
The 2008 Porsche 911 has few peers in performance or in endurance. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web

Gauges are closely placed and may seem daunting at first

ConsumerGuide »

Familiar Porsche look that is instantly recognizable

ForbesAutos »

A great interior, classic lines, and Porsche cachet

Car and Driver »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$73,500 $191,700
2-Door Coupe Carrera
Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/26 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas Flat 6-cyl, 3.6L
EPA Class Mini-Compact
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
See Detailed Specs »
9.2 out of 10
Browse Porsche 911 inventory in your area.


The Basics:

The supercar enthusiasts at TheCarConnection.com read and researched a wide array of road tests to write this definitive review of the 2008 Porsche 911. The editors at TheCarConnection.com also drove the Porsche 911 and have added details and more driving impressions where they help you make a better buying decision.

The flagship of performance and heritage for the German automaker, the 2008 Porsche 911 comes in many flavors, all of them hot and fast. There's a base Carrera, four-wheel-drive versions, Cabriolet versions, higher-powered S and GT3 versions, and the king of the hill, the Porsche 911 Turbo.

The styling of the 2008 Porsche 911 needs no explanation. It's directly related to the earliest 911s of the 1960s--and surprisingly modern, not to mention a lot beefier than ever before. The trunk's in the front, the engine's in the back, and the roofline tents over the front passengers, dropping toward the back in a classic curve. Inside, the dash is cleaned up and reorganized a couple of years back, and it's the best dash ever, but small buttons still dominate the center stack of climate controls and the audio/navigation system.

Performance ranges from electrifying to shattering. The base 911 Carrera comes with a rear-mounted, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 325 horsepower and 274 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is 177 mph, with 0-60 times just over 5 seconds. The Carrera S versions, meanwhile, take this performance up a notch with a 355-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six that cuts the car's 0-60-mph time to 4.6 seconds. There's a 911 GT3 edition this year with 415 hp and 0-60-mph acceleration of 4.1 seconds, too. The king of the hill is the 911 Turbo; with its turbocharged, 3.6-liter flat-six and 480 horsepower, it rockets to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Fuel economy of all versions ranges from 16/23 mpg to 15/22 mpg, amazing figures for such high-performance cars.

The 2008 Porsche 911 handles with brilliance. There simply isn't a better steering car on Earth. The ride is always comfortable, and the wheels never seem to be anything except squarely and firmly planted on the pavement. There's no practical way to approach the 911's grip limits on the street--more so for the all-wheel-drive models, which have even wider tires.

Porsche calls its convertible a Cabriolet, and in 2008, Porsche's fitted the ragtop with an impressively snug top with a heated glass rear window. Putting the top down is a one-button affair that has the whole thing snugly retracted in just a few seconds and back up in a few more.

The rear seats on any 911 are token gestures, not even large enough for small children. To compensate, Porsche offers a staggering array of options and custom features, including an active suspension, ceramic brakes, 19-inch wheels, and leather trim for nearly every surface.

Dual front, side, and curtain airbags are standard, while stability control is an option--unusual in a high-priced car.


  • Classic silhouette
  • Dizzying number of versions
  • Blazing power, even without Turbo
  • The best steering, period


  • Teensy rear seats
  • Lots of buttons for audio, navigation, and climate controls
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Other Choices
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.