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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.
The 2014 Porsche 911 is well-equipped even in its most basic form, and a very long list of available features can enhance performance, luxury, comfort, and technology--but at a price.
Last year, Porsche added a new adaptive cruise control system for PDK-equipped models, front-end collision avoidance, and a panoramic sliding glass sunroof. For 2014, new features include available all-LED headlights with dynamic high/low beam function; new Sport bucket seats with available seat heating and memory settings (optional); a speed limit display function (optional on vehicles with PCM plus navigation); digital radio (optional); 235-watt CDR Plus audio with 9 speakers and CD/DVD drive, plus USB and iPod/iPhone connectivity (optional); and a new selection of exterior and interior colors.
Standard equipment includes: Porsche Communication Management, which combines audio, navigation, and phone-integration functions; a seven-inch touchscreen interface; DVD/CD/MP3 audio; and more. 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.The Burmester surround-sound system is available as an upgrade, and it sounds fantastic. With the Burmester, you'll get 12 channels pumping a total of 821 watts, including a 300-watt subwoofer, plus 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 if money is no object.
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.
The 2014 Porsche 911 is well-equipped even in base specification, but beware the rapidly mounting cost of an extensive upgrade list.