The FreeGameGuide report had already had the honor of spending some time behind the wheel of excellent Porsche models, a brand of German super sports cars that is the dream of consumption for 10 out of 10 children and teenagers in love with speed. We ride in the Taycan 4S, 100% electric (including on the track), in the hybrid Panamera and in the Macan. What was missing, however, was an icon: the Carrera 911 S. Now there’s no more to go.
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The report was invited by the automaker to spend a few days behind the wheel of one of the most traditional cars in the premium market and, of course, did not miss the chance to be part of this story. Even for a short period, you could make the most of every second of this true masterpiece on wheels.
From the first glance, just visually, the reason why the 911 Carrera S is a heartthrob is clear. The design of the German super sports car impresses. And fall in love. And the heart beats even faster when turning the key (which is on the left side of the panel, as usual in Porsche cars) and hearing the roar of the 3.0 V6 biturbo engine, with 450 horsepower and 54 kgfm of torque.
- Internal space
- small trunk
- Absence of Android Auto
- Hard-to-read digital cluster
Connectivity and Security
The Porsche 911 Carrera S is not just about power. The German brand icon has also become more connected and safer over the years. The version tested by the FreeGameGuide report, year/model 2021/2022, had a very respectful package.
In addition to the audio system signed by BOSE, able to envy even the best home theaters, the car was equipped with Homelink, multimedia center compatible with Apple CarPlay, Porsche Entry & Drive, multifunctional steering wheel, start-stop system, launch, digital cluster, electronic suspension adjustment via multimedia center and USB inputs.
The absence most felt during the experience was mirroring with Android Auto, something that will certainly make users of the system a little upset, but which had already been detected in tests with other cars of the brand. This, however, is a mere detail when it comes to a car of such magnitude.
In terms of safety, the Porsche 911 Carrera S offers emergency braking system, driving mode for wet roads (Wet Mode), anti-dazzle mirrors, collision alert, parking sensor, airbags, power steering, headlights with automatic lighting and much more.
Comfort and User Experience
The highlight of having the opportunity, or rather, the honor of driving the Porsche 911 Carrera S was precisely the fact of sitting in the cockpit (yes, it’s not an ordinary seat, but similar to that of a racing car), turn the key and, effectively, accelerate the 450 horsepower engine through the streets, avenues and, of course, highways in São Paulo.
In a controlled environment, it was possible to get a taste of everything Porsche can offer the driver, even in normal driving mode. Just turn the selector knob to Sport or Sport+, however, and driving, which was already exciting, becomes an unforgettable adventure.
The roar of the engine draws the attention of those passing by, on foot or in other cars, and the temptation to accelerate hard is only overcome by the caution that the profession (and traffic laws) require. Holding the Porsche within the speed limit was a tough mission, but one that was strictly accomplished throughout the making of this review.
Driving the Porsche at low speeds, and in normal driving mode, is also extremely pleasurable. The car is balanced and runs smooth, if the driver so desires. And the slower the car is driven, the more you can hear the unmistakable roar of the V6 engine, which makes the task of evaluating the Porsche 911 Carrera S a kind of private Big Brother.
The use of the sports car on the streets and roads yielded moments of pure pleasure, despite the fact that the space for a tall driver (as in the case of this reporter) is a little uncomfortable. However, as the old saying goes, “I’d rather be uncomfortable in a Porsche than comfortable walking”.
That said, the mission of driving the Porsche was extremely pleasurable, facilitated by 450 horsepower and 54 kgfm of torque, capable of taking the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, and reaching 308 km /h maximum speed.
In terms of fuel consumption, the numbers pointed to something around 8.5 km/l in mixed perimeter, of course, with gasoline in the 64-liter tank. Excellent performance, considering all the power that is released with each step on the accelerator.
Design and Finishing
A Porsche is a Porsche, pardon the redundancy. And the 911 Carrera S is no exception to the rule. The design of the German super sports car leaves no doubt that it is an icon, and that it remains one of the most desired cars in the world even after many years of life.
The model’s legendary silhouette has seen very little change even after switching to the MMB platform. The rear grille now has vertical lines, and the headlights and taillights are LED, as is the strip that connects the accessories at the rear of the car. The retractable door handles only “appear” when the car is unlocked, and “hide” when the lock is activated.
Inside, luxury continues to set the tone, but in just the right measure. The neat finishing of the seats, doors and panels is worthy of praise, as well as the quality of the materials used by the German brand. The adjective “premium” can be used without fear to define every detail of the Porsche 911 Carrera S, from the leather seats to the black piano console.
An icon like the Porsche 911 Carrera S struggles to find competitors to match it. Those that are most similar in Brazil and can enter the fight for a place in the heart of those looking for a super sports car to occupy the garage also have German origins.
We are talking about the Audi R8, equipped with a V10 engine, and the Mercedes-AMG SLS. Each of them has enough attributes to convince you that he is the best and therefore deserves to go to your house.
Of the three, the Audi has, compared to the tested Porsche variant, the highest top speed and best acceleration. Of course, it is also the most expensive, around BRL 200,000 more than the sports car we evaluated. All, however, without exception, are for a very select public, whose greatest weapon is purchasing power.
Porsche 911 Carrera S is one of the greatest icons of the world automotive industry. Accelerating the car was not a job, but a mission
— Paulo Amaral
Porsche Carrera 911S
Ivo Meneghel Jr/FreeGameGuide
Verdict: 911 S is an immortal icon
The Porsche 911 Carrera S tested by the report costs from R$ 1,068,020, according to the September 2022 Fipe table. of the population that can afford a car of this size.
In addition to having a true icon of automotive history in hand, the owner of a Porsche 911 Carrera S will certainly collect adventures, stories to tell and, of course, looks of admiration wherever he goes. And everyone likes to be admired, right?
*The Porsche 911 Carrera S used for this review was kindly provided to FreeGameGuide by Porsche do Brasil.