Among approximately more than 20 different variants of the 911 on sale in North America, the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 is among the most affordable. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Porsche is a car manufacturer that has earned its legendary status many times over. Among its most famous flagship cars is the equally legendary 911. There are probably more than 20 different variants of the 911 on sale throughout North America in any given point, and the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 is likely the most affordable. It includes just a couple (and we use the term lightly) of available options and represents the most basic and purest form of the thoroughbred 911. Here’s everything you need to know about this car.
More Than Sufficient Engine Power
Simply put, the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 is everything you’ll ever be looking for in a traditional, stripped-to-the-bone, 911 experience. It hides a twin-turbocharged flat-six-cylinder engine under the trunk lid; one that generates a very respectable 370 horsepower. Sitting behind the rear axle and sending power to the rear-wheels, the 911 Carrera 2 also includes a seven-speed manual transmission. Such a traditional experience works well and in Porsche’s favour; sticking with the tried-and-tested basics allows the 911 Carrera 2 to rise to a level of its own in terms of the driving experience.The engine revs smoothly and freely towards the 7,500 rpm redline, at which point upshifting comes naturally and in a welcomed manner.
Twisty Back Roads? You Got It
It is no secret that every Porsche is happiest whenever it encounters a sharp and twisty corner. It is no different in the case of the 911 Carrera 2, as it dives into corners with surreal confidence and composure, launching out of turns as if it’s been fired from a slingshot. The 911 is all but telepathic in nearly all corners and has an uncanny ability to predict exactly what the driver wants to do. The Carrera 2 is a true driver’s car that was designed specifically for the purpose of being in tune with the thinking of the person behind the wheel. As a result, the 911 Carrera 2 is one of the few cars out there that provides racing-style cornering coupled with simultaneous laidback enjoyment – such is the confidence one feels in the driver’s seat.
What About the Features?
You might expect the 911 Carrera 2 to be a lightweight in terms of the equipment it incorporates, especially since we’re talking about a car here that puts the driving pleasure ahead of everything else. But, you’d be wrong. It boasts the Porsche Communications Management infotainment system complete with trinkets like ventilated sport leather seats, a sports exhaust and full Apple CarPlay integration. The 150-watt standard stereo might encounter a criticism or two, stating it is too low rent for a Porsche, but here’s the thing: a) there are optional upgrades available if you’re that hung up on listening to music while driving, and b) the only real soundtrack you need while behind the wheel of the 911 Carrera 2 is one you already have – it’s located a metre and a half behind the driver’s seat and generates 370 horses.
What More Can Be Said?
The fact of the matter is that this is a Porsche 911 Carrera 2; even though it is on the affordable side compared to other Porsches, it is still leaps and bounds beyond a number of competitors in a number of categories. There is no denying the fact that even a stripped-down, traditional Porsche experience that the Carrera 2 provides is more than enough for a true driving enthusiast. If you want a thoroughbred classic adorning your driveway, consider investing in this superb car.