The 2022 Porsche 911 is an excellent car with a stable of six powerful engine options. The 2022 Porsche 911 peels from a stop just as easily as it blazes through twisty roads. For overall performance, even in the extremely competitive luxury sports car segment, this Porsche is top-notch. Step inside, and you’re greeted with upscale materials, plenty of technology, and body-hugging front seats.
The 2022 Porsche 911‘s most glaring downsides are related to its utility: It offers little in the way of cargo space, and the two rear seats are almost unusable. The 2022 Porsche 911 ranks highly among luxury sports cars thanks in part to its enticing acceleration, standard-setting handling, and impeccable quality.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Mounted in the rear of the 911 is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. The base Carrera has 379 horsepower, the S pumps out 443 ponies, and the GTS generates 473 horses. While every model comes standard with a ridiculously quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, a sweet seven-speed manual is offered on the S and GTS. The coupe and cabriolet have standard rear-wheel drive, but they can be fitted with all-wheel drive for four-season, high-performance driving.
The Targa is all-wheel-drive only. We’ve tested the base Carrera as well as several variations of the more powerful Carrera S, which proved its prowess at the racetrack and its incredible traction in adverse weather conditions. No matter the application, every 911 has astonishing acceleration, especially when the gleefully good launch control is utilized. Porsche’s optional sports exhaust system also helps enhance the experience by providing a fuller engine note.
Best of all, the Porsche 911 is as comfortable as ever and also better to drive. Its steering is communicative and brilliantly direct, and the coupe and convertible have increased cornering grip and stability. The ride quality is surprisingly supple, too, despite the 911’s amazing body control, which allows drivers to seamlessly switch between relaxed and spirited romps.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With EPA ratings of 18 mpg city and 25 highway, the Carrera S with the manual transmission is the most fuel-efficient 911. However, other 911 models’ fuel-economy estimates don’t drop much farther from those figures. On our 75-mph highway route, a Carrera and Carrera S (both equipped with automatics) earned impressive results of 33 and 30 mpg, respectively. For more information about the 911’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Porsche 911’s interior continues to look sophisticated rather than complicated, with a mix of buttons, knobs, touch-screen controls, and—for the first time ever—a large center cupholder. The gauge cluster also deviates from history, ditching the mainly analog instruments for mostly digital ones.
While these screens have some user-experience issues and can be blocked by the steering wheel, the central tachometer still uses a physical needle that follows the engine’s revs towards its heavenly 7400-rpm redline. The 2022 Porsche 911‘s low-slung driving position and supportive front seats are fantastic, and the steering wheel has a wide range of adjustments.
We only wish Porsche used less piano-black trim on the center console, provided more interior cubby storage, and gave this icon of a car a grander shifter than the stubby flipper that comes on automatic-equipped models. Although the 911 continues to offer seating for up to four, in theory, the tiny back seats remain as hostile to adults as they were when 911s first hit the road in the mid-1960s.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 911 is outfitted with a 10.9-inch touchscreen integrated into the middle of the dashboard. In addition to voice commands and buttons on the steering wheel, the center screen also features rotary push-button controls on the console. The infotainment system supports a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto. Porsche does provide two high-end surround-sound systems that include a 12-speaker Bose unit and a 13-speaker Burmester stereo.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2022 Porsche 911 is available with myriad driver-assistance technologies, including desirable options such as automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, and even night vision. For more information about the 911’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Vehicle Type: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Base/As Tested: $138,050/$162,940
Options: Carbon-ceramic brakes with yellow calipers, $8970; full bucket seats with rear seat delete, $5900; black leather and Race-Tex interior, $4530; Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, $3170; rear-axle steering, $2090; 23.7-gallon extended range fuel tank, $230
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 182 in3, 2981 cm3
Power: 473 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc/15.6-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) NA1
R: 305/30ZR-21 (100Y) NA1
Wheelbase: 96.5 in
Length: 178.5 in
Width: 72.9 in
Height: 50.9 in
Passenger Volume: 49 ft3
Cargo Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 3399 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 2.8 sec
100 mph: 8.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 10.9 sec @ 128 mph
130 mph: 11.3 sec
150 mph: 15.9 sec
170 mph: 23.6 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 193 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 143 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 288 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.06 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 20/18/23 mpg