2008 Porsche 911 Carrera Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Porsche 911 - Road Test Specs

2008 Porsche 911 Coupe

(3.6L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleCarrera 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$73,500
Options on test vehicleHeated Front Seats, Bose High End Sound Package, Floor Mats In Interior Color, Self-Dimming Mirrors, Navigation Module For PCM, Wheel Caps w/Colored Crest, Macadamia Metallic, Power Seat Package, Bi-Xenon Headlamp Package, Sand Beige (Full Leather)
As-tested MSRP$85,765


Drive typerear wheel drive
Engine typeflat6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3596cc (219cu-in)
Block/head materialaluminum alloy
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.3
Redline (rpm)7,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)325 @ 6800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 4250
Transmission type6-speed Manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I:3.91; II:2.32; III:1.61; IV:1.28; V:1.08; VI:0.88; R:3.59; FD:3.44


Suspension, frontMultilink
Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)MacPherson strut
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport PS2
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, front265/40ZR18 Z
Tire size, rear265/40ZR18 Z
Wheel size18 by 8.0 front ? 18 by 11.0 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph (sec.)4.8
0-75 mph (sec.)6.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.0 @ 108.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)104
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)72.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.92g
Sound level @ idle (dB)51.7
@ Full throttle (dB)83.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsIt looks abusive, and probably is, but the crazy drop-clutch axle-hopping launch works, and earns about 0.2 seconds across the board. Shifter is brilliant; light and precise. Sound track is classic Porsche.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsFirm, trustworthy pedal, but the distances were effected by surface ripples and grit. Some nose bobbing on bumpy surface, and some skipping over sandy surface. Still excellent despite idiosyncrasies.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsEasy to sense tires' limit in the skid pad, but not as receptive to drop-throttle oversteer as I'd like. Still very good. In the slalom, the 911 is brilliant with perfect body control. Excellent steering weight and feedback. Predictable. Intuitive.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)69.56
Wind (mph, direction)4.4

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City / 26 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,075
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3258
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)38.2/61.8
Length (in.)175.6
Width (in.)71.2
Height (in.)51.6
Wheelbase (in.)92.5
Track, front (in.)58.5
Track, rear (in.)60.4
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)51.5
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)4.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)11.6


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion10 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementselectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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