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2019 Porsche 911 | CarMax

Do you want speed, performance, and style? If you're looking for a luxury sports car that will turn heads wherever you drive, consider the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera. The 911 Carrera defines sportsmanship, with a powerful engine and super-tight handling. The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars in the world, at home on any track⁠—however, the 911 Carrera models, which span eight trim options, offer just enough practicality to justify the purchase of this extraordinary sports car, even if you're looking for your next daily driver.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera review.

Key Specs & Features

  • Standard 370-horsepower 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine
  • Available 443-horsepower 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine
  • Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • Rear engine placement (and trunk at the front of the car)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Seating for four
  • Available as a convertible (Cabriolet option)

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5 Reasons to Buy

1. POWERFUL ENGINES, GREAT SPEED

The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera is powerful by any measure. The base model Carrera comes with a 379-horsepower 3.0L twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. That power will let you go from 0 to 60 in just four seconds. The 2019 911 Carrera has a top track speed of 182 mph. It just gets more powerful from there: the 2019 911 Carrera 4S (top among the Carrera models) can go 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top track speed of 190 mph.

2. SMOOTH TRANSMISSION

If you're going to be cruising at high speeds, you want to know that your transmission will keep up. The 2019 911 Carrera comes with a smooth transmission that will give you a luxury ride. All 2019 911 Carrera models come with a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) set up. The PDK transmission system has manual and automatic settings. In both modes, it is designed to changed gears very quickly, so that your 911 can run smoothly. The PDK transmission will let you get the most out of the 911 Carrera's powerful engine.

3. CONVERTIBLE OPTION

If you're spending big on the sports car of your dreams, you might as well make it a convertible⁠—the 2019 911 Carrera is available as a convertible at all trim levels. The convertible, or cabriolet, option adds a power-closing soft top. You'll compromise slightly on top speed and acceleration if you opt for the cabriolet (you lose 1 mph on the manufacturer's quoted top speed with the 379-horsepower engine, and you'll add 0.2 seconds to the from-new 0–60 time, according to Porsche). However, for many drivers, feeling the wind in your hair is worth it.

4. UPSCALE INTERIOR

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The interior of the 2019 911 Carrera is just as upscale as you would expect from Porsche. The 911 comes with leather upholstery and a sleek dash design. There are plenty of means for staying connected, too. The 2019 911 Carrera comes standard with Apple CarPlay®, high-definition and satellite radios, Bluetooth®, and an eight-speaker audio system. A wireless hotspot is available as well.1

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5. HIGH-PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS

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The Porsche 911 Carrera should credit at least part of its performance to the technology that is integrated throughout. Part of that technology includes high-performance systems that can change your driving experience with the push of a button. Selecting Sports mode (standard on 2019 models) will change the timing of gear shifts, making the transmission shift gear upward later and downward sooner. The optional 2019 Sport Chrono Package gives you even more control over the transmission, chassis, and traction.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Trims

The Porsche 911 Carrera comes in two main trims: the Carrera and the Carrera S. Both are available in all-wheel drive (the "4" designation) or as a convertible ("Cabriolet"). For example, you could choose the Carrera, the Carrera 4, or the Carrera Cabriolet, all of which are different variations on the same trim and have the same specs and features. With these variations, there are eight total trims for the 911 Carrera.

The main difference between the Carrera and the Carrera S comes down to performance:

  • Porsche 911 Carrera: 379-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S: 443-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Colors:

The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera is available in the following colors.

  • Agate Grey Metallic
  • Aventurine Green Metallic
  • Black
  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Carmine Red
  • Chalk
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • Gentian Blue Metallic
  • GT Silver Metallic
  • Guards Red
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Lava Orange
  • Lizard Green
  • Miami Blue
  • Night Blue Metallic
  • Racing Yellow
  • White

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Interior

The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera offers seating for four people. The rear seats are especially small, but they do fold flat, giving the 911 Carrera a bit of cargo space. In addition, the 911 Carrera comes standard with leather seats. It has a seven-inch touchscreen and an eight-speaker audio system while an upgraded 12-speaker audio system and sunroof are available as options.

Similar Vehicles

If you're considering the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera, you should also consider the following similar vehicles.

Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette is a powerful sports car that is every bit as luxurious as many of its competitors. The 2019 Corvette is highly customizable, with three body options that are each available in seven different trims. The base option for 2019, the Corvette Stingray, comes with a 460-horsepower V8 engine that will go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. The Corvette, which is available as a coupe or convertible, seats two people, so it's perfect for singles or couples. For 2019, it comes with standard features including leather upholstery, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay, and a Bose® speaker system.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It also has a six-speed transmission that comes standard in manual but is also available in automatic. The 2019 MX-5 Miata is a convertible and you can choose between a manual-folding soft-top or a power-retractable hardtop. The Miata has seating for two and 2019 models come standard with black cloth seats, although leather-trimmed seats are available on the Grand Touring trim.

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a true muscle car for the modern era. The 2019 Mustang comes standard with a 310-horsepower four-cylinder engine (in EcoBoost trims). The 460-horsepower V8 that comes standard in the 2019 GT trims is a very popular option as well. The 2019 Mustang has more space than many other sports cars, with seating for four people and more than 15 cubic feet of cargo space. The Mustang is available as a coupe or a hard-top convertible, and comes standard with cloth upholstery, although leather is also available.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera is an outstanding luxury sports car if you're looking for speed and performance. Its strong engine, smooth transmission, and sport tuning make it a joy to drive on the track or on the road. Looking to learn more about the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera and similar vehicles? Check out these related articles:

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