2021 Porsche 911 Convertible

MSRP range: $112,000 - $216,300
5 out of 5 stars(1)
MSRP$131,280
Edmunds suggests you pay$132,048

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2021 Porsche 911 Convertible Review

  • Powerful and surprisingly economical engines
  • Impeccable handling inspires driver confidence
  • Premium interior and lots of customization potential
  • Comfortable and practical for daily driving
  • Infotainment system is quirky and hard to reach
  • Elevated tire roar in Turbo S gets irritating on long drives
  • New 911 Turbo returns as the flagship for the current-generation 911
  • Targa body style also returns; available in all-wheel-drive 4 and 4S trim
  • Part of the eighth 911 generation introduced for 2020

First impressions are important, right? Well, Porsche apparently wants to make a great one — it's kicked off its 2021 911 range by reintroducing several of its most well-known 911 versions: the Turbo and Turbo S as well as the 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S.

The latest 911 Turbo can trace its roots back to the 1974 original. That model, which reached the U.S. in 1976, was one of the first road cars to deploy a turbocharger and was crude by modern standards. This latest model is anything but, boasting an armada of technology to harness the rear-mounted engine's output of 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque — slightly less power but more torque than the last-gen Turbo S.

As for the Targa, the new version features a hardtop panel above the passengers that can be lowered and concealed behind the rear seats. Unlike a traditional convertible, a fixed rear portion with wraparound glass remains in place regardless of the hardtop panel position. With all this going on, it's possible to forget about the standard 911 Carrera. But rest assured, it's still here for 2021.

Overall, the 911 is one of our favorite cars on the road today. Its combination of performance excellence, everyday usability and customization just can't be beat. Check out our Expert Rating below for an even more in-depth evaluation.

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The 911 Carrera is expensive. Very expensive. And the trunk isn't very big. Now that we have all the negatives out of the way, it's likely that the Porsche 911 Carrera is the most well-rounded sports car on the planet. It's fast but accessible, capable yet comfortable, and equally at home on a racetrack or commuting to work. Chopping the top off with the Cabriolet does nothing to diminish the 911's inherent dynamic prowess.
We tested a Carrera S Cabriolet with rear-wheel drive and the PDK transmission. At our test track it ripped from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. For context, that means a run-of-the-mill Carrera S convertible will run neck and neck with the previous-gen racetrack-focused 911 GT3 to 60 mph as well as the quarter-mile. The feel you get from the gas pedal makes it easy to know how much pressure is needed to get the acceleration you want.

Everything else is phenomenal too. The PDK automatic gives you the feel of a manual and offers whipcrack shifts, and the brakes deliver tremendous stopping power. The steering wheel is nicely weighted and provokes immediate but intuitive body reactions. And the handling... what is there to say? This adaptive suspension-equipped convertible feels amazing while snaking up mountain roads.
The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is quite usable as a daily driver. Our test car was equipped with 18-way-adjustable sport seats. That's a lot of adjustments to dial in, but once you're set, you'll never need to fuss with the controls again. The 911 also has a smooth ride for a sports car, especially with the available adaptive suspension fitted.

The climate controls are intuitively laid out and effective even though the toggles and switches feel a little gimmicky compared to a tried-and-true set of knobs. The 911 is a little loud, however. The engine can sound coarse on startup, and road noise is a constant companion. This isn't unusual for a sporty convertible, but the Carrera S is noisier than most.
The 911 has a high roof and lots of vertical seat travel. Not only do these aspects make it easy to find a comfortable seating position, they also aid in getting in and out of the vehicle. This is especially true of this convertible. Lower the top and you don't even have to worry about vertical clearance. Just make sure to get the blind-spot monitor since the compartment that conceals the top when it's not in use creates a big hump that hinders rear visibility.

With this latest 911 generation, Porsche has moved many of the buttons that used to clog the center stack to the touchscreen. This change doesn't cause many problems since the infotainment system is pretty easy to use. It even remembers the controls you use often (engine start-stop, for instance) and smartly creates a shortcut on the home page.
The 911's navigation system works well. Point-of-interest search tries to predict your entry so you don't have to type the entire thing out, and it gives distance and directional info for results. The optional Bose audio system has lots of bass but is also quite clear, and you can even pick out individual instruments on tracks with a lot of competing sounds.
Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard but Android Auto isn't available and won't be offered until the 2022 model arrives.

Our tester was only equipped with a few advanced safety items, so we weren't able to sample driving aids such as adaptive cruise control or lane departure mitigation.
You won't fit much in the 4.6-cubic-foot front trunk. Though it is fairly deep, there's just not much space for luggage here. You'll probably frequently use the rear seats as a secondary storage area. As with many sports cars, there aren't many cubbies on the inside to place your items. Again, the rear seat helps, provided you're OK with things just being haphazardly placed back there.

The 911 is one of the few four-seat sports cars, so you could theoretically place a child seat in the back. Lower the top and you can just drop one in.
The 911 Carrera S with the PDK transmission gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway), which is more efficient than V8-powered rivals such as the BMW M8 and Lexus LC 500 convertibles. Our test car returned 22.7 mpg on our 115-mile, highway-heavy test route — a promising indication that the EPA's fuel economy estimates are accurate, assuming you exercise some restraint in your road speed.
News flash: The 911 is expensive. The Carrera S Cabriolet starts at just under $130,000, and you're going to want about $25,000 in options to make it livable. Don't believe us? The front-axle lift system (necessary to avoid scraping the nose while you go up your driveway) costs about $2,800, leather seats are over $4,000, and the sport seats are roughly $4,000. And that's before you add driving aids, the adaptive suspension and personalization options.

The 911, however, justifies its bonkers price tag. The interior is screwed together tight as a drum, with almost no panel gaps to speak of. Every surface is covered in leather or faux leather, and you can swap out most of it for your choice of aluminum, piano black, wood or carbon-fiber veneers. The warranty is also solid, at four years/50,000 miles for both bumper-to-bumper and powertrain coverage.

The 911 is pricey, but once you consider how good this convertible is overall, we think it's worth it.
It's hard to describe the sensation of driving the 911 Carrera S convertible without devolving into a blubbering mess of hyperbole. It's a truly sublime experience — point the steering wheel in the direction you want to go, and the Porsche has already moved there. Stomp the accelerator, and the 911 started rocketing ahead yesterday; hit the brakes and you are suddenly stationary. The 911 is an expensive vehicle, and after a few moments at the wheel, you know exactly why.

Which 911 does Edmunds recommend?

As much as we enjoy the outlandish power available in the 911 Turbo, we suggest going with the midlevel Carrera S. It offers plenty of accessible performance and can be loaded up with options and still not come close to touching the Turbo's price. And which options should you get? That's pretty much up to you, but at the very least we suggest opting for the Sport Chrono package.

Porsche 911 models

The Porsche 911's lineup expands for 2021. Besides the Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, we also get the Targa 4, Targa 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. The Carrera and Turbo models are available as both a coupe and a convertible (the Cabriolet), while the Targa twins use a power-retractable roof panel that splits the difference between a coupe and a convertible.

All 911s are powered by a rear-mounted turbocharged flat-six engine that drives the wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (Porsche's PDK). For those who prefer to row their own gears, a seven-speed manual is available on Carrera S and Targa 4S models.

Carrera and Carrera 4
The base Carrera and Carrera 4 use a rear-mounted 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (379 hp, 331 lb-ft). The standard Carrera has rear-wheel drive, while the Carrera 4 (and other 4-badged models) comes with all-wheel drive. Standard feature highlights include:

  • Adaptive suspension
  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Heated sport seats with power-adjustable backrest
  • Partial leather upholstery
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

From there, you can select from a long list of options, covering driver aids to upgraded interior trims. Notable picks include:

  • Custom paint colors
  • Larger wheels
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Upgraded seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Sunroof
  • Sport exhaust system
  • Larger fuel tank
  • Front-axle lift
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the 911 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Porsche and the car in front)
  • Sport Chrono package
    • Dash-mounted analog and digital chronograph
    • Steering wheel-mounted drive mode dial
    • Launch control
    • Active suspension mounts
    • Tire temperature display
    • Porsche Track Precision App
  • Premium package
    • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
    • Bose audio system
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the 911 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Power-folding mirrors
    • Ambient interior lighting

Carrera S and Carrera 4S
Standard features generally mirror those on the standard Carrera. But both the Carrera S and 4S get a significant bump in power, pushing output up to 443 hp and 390 lb-ft. Other standard performance upgrades include:

  • Larger brakes
  • Larger wheels and tires
  • Electronically controlled torque-vectoring differential for improved traction
  • Sport Chrono package (standard with manual transmission, optional on automatics)
  • Optional rear-axle steering (improves high-speed stability and makes parking easier)

Targa 4 and Targa 4S
The Targa 4 and 4S generally mirror the Carrera 4 and 4S, respectively, when it comes to performance, features and options. As with other 4-badged models, the Targa 4 and 4S come standard with all-wheel drive. There's also a limited-run Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition that comes with exclusive paint colors, retro racing livery graphics, special Porsche badges and an exclusive two-tone interior.

Turbo
The 911 Turbo comes with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder that spools out 572 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and the only available transmission is the eight-speed dual-clutch. Additional standard features on the Turbo include:

  • Rear-axle steering
  • 14-way adjustable sport seats
  • Sport Chrono package
  • Bose audio system

Otherwise, options on the 911 Turbo generally mirror those on the Carrera S.

Turbo S
Consider the Turbo S the king of the hill. Output rises to 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the extra grunt, standard features on the Turbo S include:

  • Carbon-ceramic brakes
  • Upgraded suspension
  • Upgraded aerodynamics
  • 18-way adjustable seats

The Turbo S is available with:

  • Lightweight package
    • 66-pound weight reduction
    • Lighter front bucket seats (standard seats are available)
    • Rear seats removed
    • Thinner glass
    • Reduced sound deadening
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    [BIRDS CHIRPING] [ENGINE REVVING] [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: This car was named after a famous race, and I would be perfectly happy to spend the day with it on a race track. But just going fast in a Porsche 911 doesn't do justice to it. There's a reason why the Porsche 911 is so popular as a daily driver and that is because it's just as good for a summer fun day as it is for a track rat, especially in this, the most perfect of configurations, the Targa. [MUSIC PLAYING] There's no actual award called very best kind of car roof, but if there was, I personally would award it to the Targa. But I'd make it share it with t-tops, you know, t-tops are the Coors beer, Targa's champagne. The 2021 911 Targa is available in two flavors, Targa 4 and Targa 4S. They both use a rear-mounted twin turbo six-cylinder engine and the difference between them is primarily performance with a few cosmetic tweaks on the 4S so that people in the know know that you have the high-performance one. This is just the regular old 4 and I have no complaints about its performance or its looks. In fact, I want to drive it again. Can I drive it again? Yeah, good. I would've done that even if you'd said no. These days, when I tell you that a car makes 379 horsepower and 331 pound feet of torque, you might not actually be that impressed. I mean, you can get a Honda Civic that makes almost that much, right? But the secret to Porsche's success is not the number of horses, but how well-trained they are. Power delivery in this car is flawless. It has no abrupt beginning and no noticeable drop off. That is partially due to the 8-speed PDK transmission, which is one of the best in the world, I think. Look, I got a story, story time. My husband absolutely hates modern automatic transmissions. He says there's too many gears. He can feel them going all the way up through the gears. He can feel them coming all the way down, like uh, uh, uh, like slowing you down. He says it's like driving a truck. He hates them all. Honestly, he hates this one too, but he did admit that he hates it less than he hates most of the others. I don't hate it at all. If you lack my husband's princess and the pea-like ability to feel shifts, unless you're looking at the tach in this car, you won't even know there were any. Now, if you put it in the Sport or Sport Plus modes, you'll notice a little more hang time in the revs, and then things might get a little bit bumpy. But if you leave it in the normal driving mode, a Tesla owner would be impressed. If you want more control over banging the gears, good news. The Targa 4S is available with a 7-speed manual transmission, no extra charge. Of course, handling in a 911 is a dream. I mean, you expect it, and it delivers. This car is a mind reader. It's like it just knows where you want to go and it goes there. You don't even have to turn the wheel. I'm just kidding, you have to turn the wheel. This 911 is all-wheel drive but it's such a light, nimble system. It never really feels like it's getting in your way, and its rear-wheel biased, so the car drives like a rear wheel drive car. It isn't like Porsche slapped all-wheel drive on to cover up some sort of imbalance, it just makes everything a little more stable and secure. I don't want to get this back. Do you want to come home with me? Yes, you do. Yes, you do. I'm going to guess that visibility and comfort for taller drivers is good in this car, because I'm pretty far forward, 5' 3", if you didn't know that from like every other video I've done. I had a little bit of a blind spot with this a-pillar, but it is not bad. I'll take it. Nope, not really a problem. Plus, you can get all kinds of driver aids, like blind spot monitoring and backup camera and that sort of thing. So if you're concerned about being able to see out of this car, it's not a concern. Don't worry about it. I actually only have two complaints about the 911 Targa and might as well get one of them out of the way now. You ever had work done on your house or apartment, like a home improvement project? You know how you wake up every day going, how am I going to spend $600 this morning? Well, specing a 911 is a little bit like working with a contractor. Every change you want to make is going to cost you $600. Or in the case of this extremely beautiful Burmester stereo system, $5,500. Adaptive cruise control, $3,000. It's not that I don't think the 911 is worth the money, it's just that, I mean, KIA offers adaptive cruise control standard. So I said that I had two complaints about the Targa. What's the second one? Well, the Targa roof may take only 19 seconds to go from top up to top down, but you can only do it when you're at a complete stop. And so far, in driving around, my average stop at a stoplight hasn't been a full 19 seconds. And since you can't move while the top is going down, you're sort of either blocking somebody who gets mad at you or you're kind of creeping forward with the top partially down like running around, holding your pants up, and you look like a dork. This car is too cool to make you look like a dork. Most convertibles can put the top up and down while you're still moving, why can't the Targa? [MUSIC PLAYING] Back in the dark days, the days before I had ever driven a 911, I was intimidated by them and I figured they were overrated. A lot of times when you're intimidated by something, you want it to not be that good. Just seemed like there was all this tribal knowledge that you had to have before you could even get in one, like what's a 992? As it turns out, a 992 is this generation of 911. There was also a 991, but there was also a 996 and a 997. It is very confusing. The thing is, once you get in one, you just immediately get it. Really, other than knowing that Porsche always puts its key on the left side of the car, you don't need to know any of the other stuff. It's obvious the interior is well-made. It's clearly beautiful. The steering wheel feels amazing. The shifter, well, OK, this automatic shifter is kind of a dumb little nubbin, but hey, if you want a cup holder and a big touchscreen, you gotta make room for them. And even though I don't like the appearance of this shifter, it feels really good. If you've ever wondered what the perfect feel of a toggle switch or the haptic feedback on a touch switch should be, get in a 911 and take notes. That said, nothing is perfect. Porsche offers a lot of customization in the controls in the 911, and it's very cool once you figure it out, but it will take some time with the owner's manual. For example, there's a button on the right side of the steering wheel that you can toggle to show a map on the gauge cluster, bunch of other things. A very cool option that this car has, a $2,700 option, though, is nose lift. One of the things with sports cars is that they're low and a lot of driveways, even maybe the driveway to your house, driveway my house, are too low and you scrape going in and out of them. So now, a lot of sports cars offer a nose lift which lifts the front of the car so that you can get better clearance, and then it comes back down so that you're all speedy and stylish looking. Porsche not only offers a nose lift, it offers a GPS compatible nose lift, so you can program in a location where you need to lift the nose, say, it's your workplace or your house. And when the car gets to that spot, it knows it-- haha, did you see what it did there? It knows it, and it lifts the front of the car automatically so that you can clear that obstacle and get on your way. Another thing that makes the 911 such a useful car, even if you want it to be your only car, is that there is a lot of space in it. It's got a generous front trunk, frunk, and while I wouldn't say that the rear seats are particularly generous for adults, they make an excellent cargo tray and you can fit child seats in them. I know several people who bring babies around in a Porsche and, you know, I mean I don't know what you're telling your kid when they start life in a 911. They're going to expect great things. It's all the thoughtful details, the beautiful interiors, the smart programming, the multiple different flavors of performance, those are the things that make the 911 such a consistent winner for almost 60 years. Sure, there are cars that are more interesting, like McLaren, or more affordable, Corvette, more dramatic, like all of the Italian sports cars, but if you just want one performance car that's blazingly fast in a straight line, balanced like a gymnast in the corners, and usable as a daily driver, the 911 is top of the list. [ENGINE REVVING] Like this car, want to see more like it? Hit subscribe, hit like. It's what encourages us to make more videos. Also, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Did you just lock? You just locked. Oh, look at that pretty profile. What a lovely looking car. Oh, gosh, it's almost as pretty as the hard top, but if only I had more sunshine. [WHIRRING] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $112,000
    MPG & Fuel
    18 City / 24 Hwy / 20 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gal. capacity
    Seating
    4 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: rear wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed automated manual
    Engine
    Flat 6 cylinder
    Horsepower: 379 hp @ 6500 rpm
    Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 177.9 in. / Height: 51.1 in.
    Overall Width with Mirrors: 79.7 in.
    Overall Width without Mirrors: 72.9 in.
    Curb Weight: 3508 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 4.6 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 911 safety features:

    Porsche Active Safe
    Alerts the driver about an imminent front collision and applies the brakes if necessary. It's included with adaptive cruise control.
    Front and Rear Park Assist
    Sounds an audible warning when the front or rear bumpers of the car are approaching an obstacle.
    Porsche Car Connect
    Automatically alerts emergency services in the event of an accident. Remote door locking also included.


    Porsche 911 vs. the competition

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    Porsche 911 vs. Chevrolet Corvette

    The Chevrolet Corvette received a major redesign for 2020. The new mid-engine platform transforms the way the Corvette looks and feels. While the Vette's interior and build quality aren't on the same level as the 911's, they're otherwise an improvement over the last Corvette. It also costs significantly less than anything else in this field. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Chevrolet Corvette.

    Compare Porsche 911 & Chevrolet Corvette features 

    Porsche 911 vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

    The AMG GT is available in a handful of configurations, with performance and price that line up fairly neatly with the 911. The front mid-engine layout and raucous twin-turbo V8 make it feel more lively than the buttoned-down 911, but the AMG GT is no less capable or entertaining. The small interior and lack of a back seat make it less practical than a 911, but it's so entertaining that faults are easy to overlook.

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    Porsche 911 vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

    The Porsche 718 is the 911's smaller, more affordable brother. It's not as fast as the 911, but it feels more nimble and athletic on the road. Refinement and build quality are right there with the 911 too, though the Cayman doesn't feel as modern. The GTS and GT4 trims are particularly appealing, and the mechanically identical 718 Boxster offers equal performance in a convertible package.

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    2021 Porsche 911 First Impressions

    First impressions are important, right? Well, Porsche apparently wants to make a great one — it's kicking off its 2021 911 range by introducing one of its most well-known 911 versions: the Turbo. You know, the one with the capital "T." And not only is it introducing the absolutely ripping Turbo this year, we'll also get the top-dog Turbo S.

    Porsche will also bring back another familiar name for 2021: the 911 Targa. It joins the coupe and convertible that launched the newest 911 generation last year. Information on the 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo S and 911 Targa follow below. We also have detailed driving impressions based on our initial testing of the Turbo S.

    What is the Porsche 911 Turbo like?

    The latest 911 Turbo can trace its roots back to the 1974 original. That model, which reached the U.S. in 1976, was one of the first road cars to deploy a turbocharger and was crude by modern standards. This latest model is anything but, boasting an armada of technology to harness the rear-mounted engine's output of 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque — slightly less power but more torque than the last-gen Turbo S. Porsche says the 0-60 mph sprint takes just 2.7 seconds; if true, this would make the Turbo one the quickest cars on the planet. If that somehow still doesn't light your hair on fire, Porsche will gladly direct you to the order form for the new 640-hp Turbo S, which knocks another tenth of a second off that time.

    What is the Porsche 911 Turbo S like?

    Available as either a coupe or convertible, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is the flagship for the current generation of 911, combining a new level of performance with the versatility and usability for which the 911 is famous. Other than the uprated engine, the Turbo S adds carbon-ceramic brakes with larger rotors, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and a sport exhaust; all are optional on the Turbo. It has no obvious rival, though it lands somewhere between more hardcore models such as the McLaren GT and luxury grand tourers such as the Bentley Continental GT. That is, of course, if you discount a rival from within the same stable: the Taycan Turbo S. The Taycan Turbo S is an electric car but offers even more horsepower and genuine four-seater practicality at a lower price.

    What's the Porsche 911 Targa like?

    If the Turbo models are a little too rich for your tastes but you still want a distinct 911, the new Targa might suffice. As with the previous Targa, the new version features a hardtop panel above the passengers that can be lowered and concealed behind the rear seats. Unlike a traditional convertible, a fixed rear portion with wraparound glass remains in place regardless of the hardtop panel position.

    Porsche will initially offer the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, with the "4" designating all-wheel drive. The engines, a 379-hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder for the 4 and a 443-hp version for the 4S, match those in the current Carrera and Carrera S, respectively. Both variants come standard with Porsche's eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Targa 4S will offer a seven-speed manual as a no-cost option.

    Targas are rare nowadays, and we appreciate Porsche's effort to continue offering this unusual body style.

    Is the Porsche 911 a good value?

    The standard 911 just breaks the six-figure mark, and that's before your pocketbook meets the daunting Porsche options list. There are less expensive cars that are quicker in a straight line, but none match the 911's world-class interior and refinement. The price becomes a little easier to justify as you consider the more powerful engines. Once you get all the way to a Turbo S's $200,000 starting price, you get into rarefied territory, with rivals that include the McLaren GT, Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT. Though the 911 Turbo S can't match those exotics in sheer personality, its performance puts it on top.

    How does the Porsche 911 Turbo S drive?

    Let's cut to the chase. By any standards, the 911 Turbo S is extraordinarily rapid. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine offers a peak power output of 640 hp, up 60 hp on the previous Turbo S, while the maximum torque rises 37 lb-ft to 590 lb-ft. With all-wheel drive boosting the Turbo S's traction, Porsche puts its 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) at 2.6 seconds and its top speed at 205 mph, making it a match for almost anything.

    Given that Porsche's claims are historically conservative, we've little reason to doubt these figures, but what's most significant is the manner of the power delivery. Even with the optional ($3,490) sport exhaust, the engine noise is relatively subdued and there's so much midrange shove that you gather speed almost by stealth. It's not as thrilling as a McLaren 570S or a 911 GT3, but it's much easier to live with. Likewise, the new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is supremely smooth, whether you opt to use the paddle shifters or leave it in automatic.

    The Turbo boasts all manner of technical trickery to help deploy all that horsepower. The tires are huge and offer prodigious grip, while a rear-wheel steering system improves agility. Standard ceramic-composite brakes partner with active aerodynamics to ensure the Turbo has the stop to match the go. It's a tour de force that delivers almost unrivaled real-world performance in a way that's easy to access. The steering is ultra-responsive and inspires confidence, the brake pedal is firm and reassuring, and there's so much grip and poise that this 640-hp supercar never feels intimidating.

    Is it as thrilling as a road racer 911 GT3 or a McLaren 570S? No, but the Turbo has always been about more than a Sunday morning blast. It's the all-round, all-condition ability that leaves the lasting impression. 

    How comfortable is the 911 Turbo S?

    The 911 Turbo has always posed as the epitome of an everyday supercar and the latest version is no different. In contrast to the motorsport-derived 911 GT3, the Turbo S has been developed to blend searing performance with long-distance comfort. The seats, which adjust electrically in 18 different ways, are extremely comfortable, while the steering wheel also has a good range of movement. Rear seats have been a feature of the 911 since the first. They've grown with the car in recent years, but they're still only really suitable for children.

    So far we've only tested the 911 Turbo S with its optional ($1,510) sport suspension, which lowers the car by 0.39 inch. This setup also retunes the electronic damping, which should make for a good compromise between ride comfort and sporty handling. In reality, though, the ride can feel distinctly firm even in the least sporty setting, which compromises the car's long-distance appeal. We haven't driven a Turbo with the non-sport suspension, but we suspect it may prove the better option on North America's less than perfect roads.

    Also worthy of criticism is the tire roar, which is particularly an issue on the highway. It's a problem we noted when testing the Carrera S, but it's perpetuated here by the Turbo's bigger boots. It's an irritation that would become tiresome on a long journey.

    How's the Porsche 911 Turbo S's interior?

    The cabin of the Turbo S is almost indistinguishable from that of the standard 911. Only the most dedicated car geek will spot the unique stitching that identifies the Turbo, or the subtle "Turbo S" script on the central rev counter. Everything else is business as usual, which is no bad thing.

    The latest 911 cockpit is generally well executed. In the best German tradition, it's simple and businesslike but beautifully made from high-quality materials. Following criticism that its dashboards were becoming cluttered with buttons, Porsche has tried to simplify everything around a central touchscreen. It looks good, but it can prove fiddly to operate, and on the move it's much too easy to select the wrong function.

    How's the 911 Targa's interior?

    There's no actual award for "Very Best Kind of Car Roof." But if there was, we'd make the case for the 911 Targa's. It takes the best elements of a fixed roof and a convertible roof and mashes them together.

    It takes 19 seconds for the 911 to do its body panel ballet and move the overhead panel behind the rear seats. That's quick enough to do it at a stoplight — assuming you time it right — but know that you have to keep the 911 Targa stationary. Porsche won't let you lower the top and drive at the same time.

    With the top down, the Targa is fairly noisy. But top up and it's whisper quiet — quieter than the 911 convertible. Some may say it's too quiet — there's not much engine roar to the 911's six-cylinder engine — but your neighbors will appreciate its subtlety.

    How's the Porsche 911 Turbo S's tech?

    The days are long gone when the 911 was a simple sports car offering simple pleasures. Today's Turbo offers the kind of functionality you'd expect to find in a luxury sedan or SUV. There are such niceties as heated seats, a keyless start system and Apple CarPlay for smartphone integration. However, it's disappointing to note that lane keeping assist, which helps you stay in the correct lane, and traffic-adaptive cruise control, are optional extras at $1,220 and $2,000, respectively. Surely they should be standard on a car costing over $200K.

    How's the Porsche 911 Turbo's storage?

    For a supercar, the 911 Turbo is exceptionally practical. The front trunk (or frunk if you prefer) is well shaped and has 4.5 cubic feet of space, enough for a few days away if you pack modestly. You can also supplement this space by using the rear seats for storage — as long as you don't need them for people, of course. There's a reason why the Porsche has been the default everyday sports car for over 50 years, and the Turbo is no less practical than a standard Carrera.

    How economical is the Porsche 911 Turbo?

    Official EPA figures are unlikely to be released for the Turbo and Turbo S until they arrive in the U.S. at the end of 2020. (We drove a specially imported early car.) The EPA's city/highway combined estimate for the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4S is 20 mpg. We expect the more powerful Turbo to be below that, but overall it's still likely to prove frugal relative to similarly powered rivals.

    EdmundsEdmunds says

    The 911 lineup is even more robust this year with the addition of the Targa body style and range-topping Turbo and Turbo S models. Though expensive, the 911 remains one of the world's preeminent sports cars thanks to its extreme performance and everyday usability.


    FAQ

    Is the Porsche 911 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 911 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Porsche 911 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 911 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the 911 ranges from 4.5 to 4.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Porsche 911. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Porsche 911?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Porsche 911:

    • New 911 Turbo returns as the flagship for the current-generation 911
    • Targa body style also returns; available in all-wheel-drive 4 and 4S trim
    • Part of the eighth 911 generation introduced for 2020
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    Is the Porsche 911 reliable?

    To determine whether the Porsche 911 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 911. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 911's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Porsche 911 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Porsche 911 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 911 and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 911 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Porsche 911?

    The least-expensive 2021 Porsche 911 is the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $112,000.

    Other versions include:

    • Turbo S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $216,300
    • Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $119,300
    • Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $127,900
    • Carrera 4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $135,200
    • Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $112,000
    • Turbo 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $183,600
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    What are the different models of Porsche 911?

    If you're interested in the Porsche 911, the next question is, which 911 model is right for you? 911 variants include Turbo S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), and Carrera 4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM). For a full list of 911 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Porsche 911

    2021 Porsche 911 Convertible Overview

    The 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible is offered in the following styles: Turbo S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), Carrera 4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), and Turbo 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 8AM). Porsche 911 Convertible models are available with a 3.8 L-liter gas engine or a 3.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 640 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed automated manual. The 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 911 Convertible 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 911 Convertible.

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    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 911 Convertible featuring deep dives into trim levels including Turbo S, Carrera 4, Carrera S, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible here.

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 Porsche 911 Convertible?

    2021 Porsche 911 Convertible Turbo S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
    17 compined MPG,
    15 city MPG/20 highway MPG

    2021 Porsche 911 Convertible Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
    20 compined MPG,
    18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

    2021 Porsche 911 Convertible Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
    20 compined MPG,
    18 city MPG/23 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG17
    Transmission8-speed automated manual
    Drive Trainall wheel drive
    Displacement3.8 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase96.5 in.
    Length178.6 in.
    WidthN/A
    Height51.3 in.
    Curb Weight3790 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Porsche 911?

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