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    • What is the best Porsche 911 on the market? 2017 991.2 Carrera, Carrera S cab, Carrera 4S, 911 Turbo S, and 2016 991.1 GT3 RS comparison

      Road and Track compared several of the new 2017 991.2 generation Porsche 911 models along with the 2016 911 GT3 RS. It is always interesting to see how many variants of the 911 platform Porsche has and how they stack up especially with the Carrera now being turbocharged.


      So what is the best choice of this group? The answer to that is likely the one you can afford. The greatest value is the standard Carrera, no question. They tested a 7-speed manual version and it is a good value at $97k in this company and also the lightest of the group at 3229 pounds. Yes, even lighter than the GT3 RS.

      Weights (lbs.):

      3229 - 2017 991.2 Carrera manual
      3292 - 2016 GT3 RS
      3510 - 2017 Carrera 4S
      3514 - 2017 Carrera S Cabriolet
      3563 - 2017 911 Turbo S

      If you opt for all wheel drive in a 911 the penalty is close to 300 pounds. The heaviest combo would be an all wheel drive convertible but they did not test this. The Turbo S is the heaviest car out of the group and a Turbo S convertible would likely be the heaviest 911 for sale.

      Still, you can have your 911 is basically any flavor. If you want a lightweight and rear wheel drive 911 the Carrera fits the bill. It's pretty quick too. Note that the PDK Would be much quicker and faster than the manual:

      1/4 mile times:


      12.4 @ 114.9 is not bad at all. Especially considering the PDK version will run 11.9 @ 118. The Carrera 4S is offering 997.1 generation 911 Turbo performance which is incredible. With a couple upgrades it will be right on the tail of the drag race champ which of course is the 911 Turbo S.

      With the 991.2 Porsche gave the Turbo S different, bigger turbochargers and you see the dividends in the performance numbers. The GT3 RS is surprisingly not far off the trap speed despite less power, torque, and the rear wheel drive layout.

      The GT3 RS is obviously the top choice for someone who wants the closest thing to a 911 race car for the street. It is also incredibly expensive and will be replaced soon with the 991.2 generation car.

      So which is truly the best of this group? For the dollar, it's impossible to beat the Carrera. Is the Turbo S really $100k better than the Carrera or Carrera S? No way. Road and Track picks the Turbo S as the choice of the group but when you're spending imaginary money why not just say the 918 Spyder is the car to get in the Porsche lineup?

      All of these are fantastic cars. There is no loser. The choice is simply what is best for you and your bank account.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: What is the best Porsche 911 on the market? 2017 991.2 Carrera, Carrera S cab, Carrera 4S, 911 Turbo S, and 2016 991.1 GT3 RS comparison started by Sticky View original post
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      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Which one are you going to get?
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Not being a smart ass and I love my car. I feel pretty good about finally being a Porsche owner, but if I had the money those new TurboS are bad ass, I was able to ride in one over the weekend it was insane. The straight line acceleration was crazy.
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Which one are you going to get?
        Pretty much set on the C4.
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Not being a smart ass and I love my car. I feel pretty good about finally being a Porsche owner, but if I had the money those new TurboS are bad ass, I was able to ride in one over the weekend it was insane. The straight line acceleration was crazy.
        You can easily match the power. Why waste 100k?
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
        You can easily match the power. Why waste 100k?
        Good point!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Good point!
        When the Cobb AP hits you are going to have a lot of power opened up and not to mention the turbo upgrades will be simple to do.

        I'm pretty much in love with the 991.2 911.
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        When the Cobb AP hits you are going to have a lot of power opened up and not to mention the turbo upgrades will be simple to do.

        I'm pretty much in love with the 991.2 911.
        Yes I can't wait for the AP to come out. I'm taking mine to the Wannagofast 1/2 mile event in Florida the end of Jan. I sure hope it's out by then.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Yes I can't wait for the AP to come out. I'm taking mine to the Wannagofast 1/2 mile event in Florida the end of Jan. I sure hope it's out by then.
        Cobb told me early 2017. Cutting it close...
      1. Bowser330's Avatar
        Bowser330 -
        Contact Cobb see if they can provide you with a pre-release version for testing, airstrip log would be good data.
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bowser330 Click here to enlarge
        Contact Cobb see if they can provide you with a pre-release version for testing, airstrip log would be good data.
        Thats a great idea! I'm going to give them a call tomorrow and see if I can work something out.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Thats a great idea! I'm going to give them a call tomorrow and see if I can work something out.
        Why not e-mail them and say I sent you?
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why not e-mail them and say I sent you?
        Sure I can do that!
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Sure I can do that!
        E-mail marshall.glasgow@cobbtuning.com and mitch.mckee@cobbtuning.com and say you are interested in the 991.2 tune and that PorscheBoost sent you Click here to enlarge
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        E-mail marshall.glasgow@cobbtuning.com and mitch.mckee@cobbtuning.com and say you are interested in the 991.2 tune and that PorscheBoost sent you Click here to enlarge
        Great! Will do.
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Ok done. I will let you know what they say.
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Well they got back to me and it's a no go at this point. They said they are not close enough in development to be offering anyone a beta AP for testing. He did say he would let me know when they do though, so that's cool. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the Fabspeed High Flo cat DP's in the short term before the race. They should uncork some HP. Thanks for the email addresses!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Well they got back to me and it's a no go at this point. They said they are not close enough in development to be offering anyone a beta AP for testing. He did say he would let me know when they do though, so that's cool. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the Fabspeed High Flo cat DP's in the short term before the race. They should uncork some HP. Thanks for the email addresses!
        It's still early but it was worth a shot. Either way you'll get it as soon as it is possible.
      1. Surquhar's Avatar
        Surquhar -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It's still early but it was worth a shot. Either way you'll get it as soon as it is possible.
        Yes definitely worth the shot and I am now on the list. Thanks!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Surquhar Click here to enlarge
        Yes definitely worth the shot and I am now on the list. Thanks!
        My pleasure man.

        The only downside is you have a 991.2 before me.