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2021 Porsche 911 Overview

Entering its second year in the 992 generation, Porsche’s iconic 911 remains one of the most versatile and daily drivable sports cars ever made. Its trims and drive configurations encompass the entire spectrum of possibilities, including coupe and cabriolet body styles with either rear- or all-wheel drive. And though every 2021 911 is turbocharged, output ranges from ample to ludicrous.

New for 2021 are the Turbo S and Turbo S Cabriolet trims. These outrageous performers are powered by an only slightly revised turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-6 engine. The primary changes to the engine include two larger turbochargers and relocated intercoolers, which bump power from 580 horsepower in the 991-generation Turbo S to a staggering 640 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque in the new 911. Torque is routed to all four wheels through a paddle-shiftable 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Standard Turbo and Turbo Cabriolet models will follow with lower output and lower costs. Every Turbo model, S or otherwise, installs Porsche’s latest powertrain tech and comfort into a remarkably capable yet still highly usable package.

There will be abundant other 911 trims for 2021 as well. Expect the Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera S, Carrera 4S in both coupe and Cabriolet versions to reappear as 2021 models. All of these are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-6 with two outputs. For the 2020 model year, the standard Carreras produced 379 hp while S trims pumped out 443 hp thanks to bigger turbochargers, and those numbers will likely remain similar if not identical for 2021. Any 911 with the number 4 in its name has all-wheel drive. An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard and a 7-speed manual can be fitted to the Carrera S and 4S Coupe and Cabriolet at no extra cost. Manual-transmission-equipped cars come standard with the Sport Chrono package, which permits drive mode changes from a steering-wheel-mounted knob and adds other performance features.

Expect additional versions as well: Porsche will no doubt roll out the higher-output GTS trims as well as retractable-hardtop Targa 4 models, and we’d expect to see one or both of those later in 2021.

Standard safety features include forward-collision warning with brake assist and Wet Mode, which measure moisture levels on the road, warns the driver, and adjusts the stability control and ABS calibrations to suit wet conditions. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist are optional.

Apple CarPlay is standard but Android Auto isn’t available. Two upgraded audio systems are available: A 570-watt, 12-speaker Bose surround-sound system is offered on Carrera S and 4S trims (it’s standard on Turbo models), and a 13-speaker 855-watt Burmester system is available if your cochleas truly need tickling.

But the 911 is about driving. It always has been, and the 992 generation only enhances its broad range of abilities, whether that’s the entry-level Carrera version or the absolutely insane Turbo S.

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Josh Jacquot is an automotive journalist who has held positions at both enthusiast- and consumer-based automotive publications for more than 20 years. With a far-reaching knowledge of all things automotive, his career has put him behind the wheel of everything from snowplows to 600-horsepower rallycross cars. His driving resume includes wins at the national level in NASA Rallysport competition and the California Rally Series in addition to one regrettable night at the inaugural 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Though he likes most anything that can be driven, he has a particular affinity for box flares, Campagnolo wheels, and gratuitous wings and ducts. Someday he will own an Renault R5 Turbo.

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