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dizzying array of expensive options
There's a wide span of choices in the 911 lineup--so wide, it's easy to double the base price when you've ticked all the options for powertrains, body styles, and interior features.
Nearly every 911, save for the race-ready GT2 and GT3 editions, come with the luxury and entertainment features expected in a vehicle priced higher than $75,000. There's automatic climate control; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a tilting/telescoping steering wheel; Bluetooth connectivity; and an AM/FM/CD/DVD player. A universal audio interface that connects portable music players is new for 2011.
From there, you'll need to hold your breath and dive into the deep end of Porsche's have-it-your-way features list. You can opt for a DVD changer; an iPod interface; Bose surround sound; a voice-activated navigation system with a 40GB hard drive; adaptive headlights; ventilated seats; and a multifunction steering wheel. That's before you get to the array of choices for interior trim, colors and upholstery materials. Turbo models get their own interior treatment, with a leather dash and a sueded headliner.
The same philosophy applies to performance features. Active suspension is available on most versions, as is Porsche's Sport Chrono package, which lifts performance; the PDK dual-clutch transmission is an option, as are carbon-ceramic brakes. You can specift 19-inch wheels; sport paddle shifters; the PTV torque-vectoring system; and stylish RS-look wheels with center locks.
Porsche bundles some of these options into packages to make ordering a little easier. The Comfort package offers power seats, heated front seats, and automatically dimming mirrors; an Infotainment package includes the Bose audio system, XM satellite radio and the navigation system.
The 2011 Porsche 911 is where incredible performance meets up with incredible options--and incredible prices.