2016 Porsche 911 vs. Its Competition

2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 911 manages to stand on its own.

There's no other model line offering the breadth and depth of offerings.

That said, there are several competitors aimed at parts of the 911 roster.

The Chevy Corvette is an incredible value, starting at about half the price of similar-performance 911s; the Vette has an interior that finally matches the performance of the car, but without a back seat or all-wheel drive, the Corvette can only be considered against a small portion of the 911 range—even though the Z06 boasts awesome performance that some might weigh up against the 911 Turbo or GT3.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a strong rival to the 911; it's more brash and bold, and not quite the everyday driver, however.

The Jaguar F-Type chooses a balance that's much closer to the 911's mix of practicality, style, and speed, but comes up short in the purity of its dynamics--though its sound and design are among the best in the segment.

Nissan's GT-R is best compared to the upper end of the Porsche range, as its twin-turbo all-wheel-drive nature gives it incredible acceleration and impressive overall performance.

With a vestigial back seat, much like the 911's, the GT-R's practicality and daily-driver suitability are close to the 911's as well.

BMW's 6-Series is more comfort-oriented than the very sporty Porsche 911, but offers its own brand of speed in the form of the M6.

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Quick Specs
9.0
From the satisfying Carrera to the outrageous GT3 RS, the 2016 Porsche 911 is consistently brilliant, and lives up to the this model line's pedigree in every respect—with some modern comforts spliced right in.
8.4
The 2016 BMW M6 is a no-compromises kind of car for buyers unfazed by traditional sports car manufacturers. It's better suited for the streets than the track, and that's not a bad thing.
8.8
The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette's exceptional performance, style, comfort, and features, as well as its choice of high-power engines and body styles, adds up to an impressive sports car and grand tourer in one—and a car that won't break the bank.
9.0
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type fleshes out its sportscar credentials this year with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
9.2
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is a shockingly good street and track performer, stylishly designed, and aimed straight for the heart of Porsche.
8.2
With four seats, sub-three-second 0 to 60 mph times, an advanced all-wheel-drive system, and a reasonable sticker price, the 2016 Nissan GT-R is in a class by itself.
MSRP From     
$84,300$77,300$55,400$65,000$129,900$101,770
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded H-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas V8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo SeaterTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LT2-Door Coupe Manual RWD2-Door Coupe S2-Door Coupe Premium
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
442224
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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