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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
The latest 911 benefits from numerous technological updates, not the least of which is PDCC or Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, a system that uses active anti-sway bars to virtually eliminate body roll when cornering.
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But these computers aren't programmed only to minimize warranty claims, meet CAFE regulations, impress the IIHS and put a smile on the face of the EPA administrator. These computers make driving more vivid, more precise and less of a hassle.
And we haven't gotten to the spicy stuff yet: twenty-inch wheels, active engine mounts, active roll stabilization and adaptive suspension are all options-and they were all on the 911 we drove.
Interior controls are relatively simple to operate, and items like navigation, Bluetooth, the iPod interface and ventilated seats help make this sports car a viable daily driver.
Also, the 911 has a larger backseat, so those of you with kids can explain to the husband or wife that yes, the 911 is practical to take the kids to and from school. Good luck with that.
Porsche's infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM 3.1) is standard on all 911s, and includes audio, navigation, and phone-integration functions. A large 7-inch touchscreen handles commands, though a rotary pushbutton interface is also fitted. The standard audio system handles radio, DVD audio, CDs, and MP3s, with an available upgrade to a six-disc CD/DVD changer. The navigation is hard drive-based, with maps in 2D and 3D perspectives.
Opt for the upgraded Burmester surround-sound system and you'll get not just 12 channels pumping a total of 821 watts, including a 300-watt subwoofer, you'll get Air Motion Transformer tweeters and some of the best sound we've heard in a car. A Bose system is also available, though we'd pick the Burmester.
Keyless entry, USB, iPod interface, Bluetooth, and automatic two-zone climate control are also standard. A sliding/tilting sunroof is also available, as is the ParkAssist system with front and rear parking sensors and an overhead display of nearby obstacles.
Many more individual options are also available, though if you get too wild with the add-ons, the bottom line will quickly grow far beyond the $82,100 (Carrera) and $96,400 (Carrera S) base prices.
Though it starts with a strong set of standard features, Porsche's approach to add-ons with the 2012 911 mean the price tag can climb quickly if you tick many options boxes.