2018 Porsche 911 | Model Review | Model Specs
These days when you see a badass Porsche 911 it’s usually being piloted by some old guy who drives it 14 miles on the weekend to the golf course.
See, this is the problem with the 911. It has a bad reputation based on the demographic that can afford them. Old, boring, white guys. The kind that wear dockers and an Izod pullover even in summer.
Porsche created the 911 on the racetrack and now the vast majority of Porsche 911’s wind up garage queens. Reduced to nothing more than trophies of the upper class that are more fashion statement than driving machine. So, naturally, when this 911 went screaming past me I did what I do best.
Pushed the pedal to the floor and chased after him.
There was no chance. I could hear the 911 wrapping every gear out to 7,000 RPM and while the Audi S4 I was driving had some guts, it simply wasn’t enough. Battered and sporting a new “L” on my ego I made my way back home and immediately tagged the driver in my own Instagram story.
That small exchange led to this review.
But this isn’t a normal car review. And that’s because @Chalky911 isn’t a normal car. It’s something else entirely.
Calling Chalky a car is like calling a Viking warlord simply Danish. It just isn’t right.
So, I want to discuss the 911 Carrera S, against the backdrop of Chalky, and why it presents a very compelling alternative to something more raucous, like a McLaren 570.
As far as car reviews go you can view my opinion on the current state of reviews in my post: The Problem With Car Reviews. This is simply my opinion based on driving the car and it is completely unfiltered. Proceed accordingly.
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S Specs
- Engine: 3.0-Liter Twin-turbocharged “boxer” 6
- Drivetrain: Rear engine rear-wheel-drive
- Transmission: “PDK” Dual-clutch 7-Speed
- Horsepower: 420 hp @ 6,500 RPM
- Torque: 368 lb-ft
- 0-60 mph: ~3.9 seconds
- MPG: 22 City/28 Hwy
- Fair Market Value: $108,310 Base Price
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
2018 Porsche 911 Background
Introduced by Porsche in 1963 the 911, or neunelfer, has been Porsche’s flagship model since it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It has been a staple on the racetrack since that time and has undergone continuous development over the decades. It remains one of the most successful competition cars ever made.
The major milestones in the 911’s history are the introduction of the turbocharged motors in 1975, the introduction of new bodies and water-cooled engines in 1999 and the more recent decisions to make all 911’s standard with turbochargers in 2017.
There’s such a rich amount of history surrounding the 911 that I honestly can’t do it justice.
So many races, so much drama, and so many amazing variants like the 911T, the Carrera RS, RSR, GT2 RS, GT3 RS, and the 911 Turbo S.
But we don’t want to get off track so back to the 2018 911 Carrera S. If you want to read more you about the Porsche 911’s rich history you can always check out the 911 Wikipedia here.
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S Interior and Cabin
2018 Porsche 911 Interior Highlights:
- Simple to navigate
- Perfect gauge cluster
- Alcantara roof liner
- Amazing steering wheel
- Sport bucket seats
- Classy but sporty
- There’s a backseat
Put simply the interior of the 2018 Porsche 911 is amazing. Everything is right at your fingertips.
And while some people hate the buttons, I actually prefer them. Want sport exhaust on? Push the button. Want TCS off? Push the button. Sport Plus mode? Push the button.
The naysayer’s say there are too many buttons, but honestly, those same idiots complain about infotainment systems with hard-to-navigate menus so screw them, they don’t know what they’re talking about.
The photos featured here demonstrate the level customization in the 2018 Porsche 911 cabin. @Chalky911 has beautiful inlays and the matching key along with an amazing Alcantara wrapped steering wheel add some nice finishing touches.
It’s a sight to behold.
Behind that awesome steering wheel sits the greatest gauge cluster ever invented by man. The classic Porsche setup keeps the tachometer in the center along with a digital indicator of your speed.
When you slide into the sport bucket seats they hug you in all the right places. You feel secure and cozy and you really start considering selling your house to buy one of these because you now know you could easily live in it.
Porsche has a way of keeping the interior of the 911 simple, classy, and still very sporty and functional. It’s a design I wish all manufacturers would learn from.
Oh yeah, and did I mention this thing has a backseat? That’s right a family of four can ride around town in this thing.
Driving the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S:
Here’s why I love it:
- Brutal acceleration
- Intoxicating exhaust notes
- Serious brakes
- Lightening fast shifts with PDK
- Pure sports car
- Incredible handling
- Makes driving fun
You open the door and step down into the 2018 Porsche 911 and right away you know what’s good.
Remembering the car you drove here in makes you feel bad so you tuck it into the back of your mind while buckling your seatbelt, understanding that you’re about to be launched into orbit and won’t see it again anyway.
When you push down the buttons for “Sport Plus”, engage launch control, and let off the break the 911 Carrera S punches you in the stomach with incredible acceleration.
Take your breath away acceleration.
Normal rear-wheel-drive cars have a lot of drama when that pedal goes to the floor, but the Porsche 911 just digs in and goes. It has no regard for your expectations whatsoever.
Exhaust notes snarling and turbos spooling and the 3.0-Liter behind you gulping down air as it rushes to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. It’s visceral.
Even when you’ve taken it a little too far when you hit the brakes the car slows down. The braking power of the Porsche 911 is some of the best and they look good too. But all sweet talk aside, these brakes will stop so hard it makes you feel like your nose might be bleeding afterward.
The PDK transmission rushes through the gears with mind-bending speed and smoothness. You don’t even notice it happening because your brain is still trying to comprehend that this is a 6-cylinder motor with a 7,500 RPM shift point.
That’s big V8 territory.
It’s an absolute sports car that handles like a supercar and turns with medical grade precision. The handling is tight and direct and there’s nothing else like it despite what the haters say.
And yet you can drive this car every day. To and from work with ease, to and from the grocery store, and even to the racetrack. It turns every road into a playground. The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S is magical in this way. It’s worth every penny as it’s pure fun, no matter where you’re driving.
What Car Competes With The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S?
I could go on for days about how great the 2018 Porsche 911 is, but I want to talk about @Chalk911. Because when I tell you about this 911 Carrera S you will understand why the Porsche 911 has no clear competitor.
“Chalky” refers to the color of this 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S, which is “Chalk White”. And it looks good.
Almost like Nardo Gray but more subtle. It’s real classy. It sits on black HRE rims and is fitted with a full GMG performance exhaust system, IPD Plenums, and BMC filters. Just being a modified 911 makes this car special. As I said earlier, so many beautiful 911’s end up the trophies of well-to-do aristocrats. It’s a shame.
But those performance mods, as juicy as they may be, aren’t the only thing under the bonnet that creates a spectacular driving experience. See, Chalky911 has something else hiding underneath. This 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S is fitted with a Stage 1 tune from GIAC Tuning, a software engineering company that’s been cranking out performance tunes for German cars for over 20 years.
What does it do?
Well, it turns this 2018 Porsche 911 into an absolute animal.
If Jack-the-ripper were a car, he’d be @Chalky911 because this car spends all day slaying pavement.
It takes the rowdy 420-hp and 368 lb-ft of torque and bumps it up to an unbelievable 500-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Suddenly, this 911 S goes from 911 S performance to 911 Turbo performance, placing it well into supercar territory.
You might be asking why any of this matters and I’m glad because I’m going to tell you exactly why this matters.
@Chalky911 makes a compelling argument against spending $200,000+ dollars on other supercars currently available. Like the entry-level McLaren 570S or even the beloved Lamborghini Huracan, both of which start at $200,000.
The reason why is that his 911 has comparable performance for half the price. That means you could buy a 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S that cranks out 500+ hp and an Audi RS3 and still save like 30 grand.
That means you could buy a 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S and a Mercedes-Benz AMG GT for about the same as one of those two cars. That means you could buy a 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S and a house.
Think about that for a minute.
You could buy this 2018 Porsche 911 S and an actual dwelling for the same price as a McLaren 570S or a Lamborghini Huracan.
I mean it’s incredible that there is an entire demographic of people out there that can even afford this shit.
Having been behind the wheel of several Porsches and other fast cars I can safely say that @Chalky911 is one of the best I have been in.
In The Lions Den
I found myself strapped into the passenger seat of @Chalky911, not quite sure what to expect. I knew the driver didn’t mind speeding and I didn’t mind it either but I would be lying if I didn’t admit it felt like a leap of faith.
Key in the ignition, brake pedal down, when this Porsche 911 fires up it sounds like a pissed of Lion breaking free at a Russian Zoo. Ready to eat.
The whole car feels fast, low, and like a real sports car.
Unlike the Porsche 911 Turbo S this 911 is rear-wheel-drive. That means less grip but more freedom. The rear tires break free, there’s no understeer, you can step the back out and turn how you want.
I wasn’t ready. He hit the gas and it shoved me into the seat like we were taking off from an aircraft carrier. You can’t tell the car is missing all-wheel-drive. No tires screeching and no drama this car pure and simple hauls ass.
But then again, as fast as it is, as crazy as it feels, and as purebred of a racecar that it is, it’s still a car you can live with. You can drive this car to work, load junk in the trunk, and even have more than two passengers.
We talked without screaming and had AC on blast. It’s a truly versatile and usable supercar for half the price of much less usable supercars.
A very special thank you goes out to @Chalky911 for the photos and for driving me around in his amazing 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S.
On a final note – every ride with Chalky comes with a very nice hoody that has this beautiful car screen printed on the front. A very nice touch.
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S Final Thoughts
Much has been said about the 911 and why it remains the flagship Porsche sportscar. Some say the engine is in the wrong spot, or it’s not fast enough, or too many buttons. But those people aren’t people, they’re clowns.
The truth is that the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S is the best bang-for-the-buck supercar you could buy. It blends several elements of a racing heritage with a car you can easily live with every day.
It doesn’t require you to make any sacrifices to own a supercar. You can pick the kids up, run errands, enjoy creature comforts, and still shred the track every weekend.
Here’s why I think you should buy a 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S:
- Daily driver supercar
- Amazing handling
- Strong acceleration
- Iconic styling
- High-quality interior
- Unbelievable shifting
- Incredible performance at a bargain price
- Unmatched ownership experience
I hope this 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S review proves to be useful as you search for the supercar of your dreams. Remember, the beauty of the 2018 Porsche 911 is that it doesn’t require you to make any sacrifices to enjoy your driving experience and that’s something all cars should be striving towards.
When you’re ready to buy be sure to check out our guide: All of the Best Times to Buy a Car to ensure you get the best deal on your 2018 Porsche 911.