2008 Porsche 911 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Porsche 911 has few peers in performance or in endurance.

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.

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April 6, 2017
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

Fun, Fun, Fun

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Great handling, and fun to drive. New turbo engine sound great, and has great deceleration. Wouldn't change anything
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March 16, 2017
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

A fabulous automobile!

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Excellent automobile. The twin turbo six with PDK transmission provides very quick acceleration. The car is very comfortable to drive both in town and on the highway. Interior - all leather - is very well-done. + More »
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December 15, 2016
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

The 2017 911 Carrera is an all around great car with superb handling, power, and even good mileage!

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The basic 911 Carrera with the PDK transmission is a joy to drive and ride in. We have even driven it a bit in snowy/icy roads and it handles so well, there is no problem. Unless you want to race it on the... + More »
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February 23, 2016
2016 Porsche 911 2-Door Coupe Carrera 4

Great car.

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Excellent daily driver. As it all wheel drive, I use it all year round. Quite comfortable on long trips and more cargo room then would expect. I'm 6'2" and there is more than enough room for the driver and... + More »
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December 15, 2016
2015 Porsche 911 2-Door Cabriolet Turbo S

The absolute supurb all around sports, track, road, touring car for two people.

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6 stars out of five. There is no need to say more.
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June 26, 2016
2015 Porsche 911 2-Door Cabriolet Carrera GTS

The greatest driving pleasure you could imagine.

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This is one awesome sounding and performing car. I live on the ridge of Mt, Tamalpais at 1200 ft with some of the most beautiful windy, curvy mountain roads with ocean views. The 911 GTS is the perfect car for... + More »
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February 5, 2016
2015 Porsche 911 2-Door Coupe GT3

Better than even highest expectations

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June 27, 2015
2015 Porsche 911 2-Door Coupe Carrera GTS

A superb car which I would purchase again.

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My sixth 911 so I must be enthusiastic about the marque. My only complaint is that ingress and egress are very difficult even for a short guy. I am still trying to find the correct combination of adjustments... + More »
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June 11, 2015
2015 Porsche 911 2-Door Coupe Carrera 4 GTS

This is the most amazing car I've ever driven

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This is the best car I've ever driven or owned. Period
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June 6, 2015
2015 Porsche 911 2-Door Cabriolet Carrera 4 GTS

This is one awesome performance sports car

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I live on the coast on an incredibly windy curvy mountain road and the drive and grip of the GTS is as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. Its an amazing high tech piece of machinery that just puts... + More »
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