Sport Chrono Pack, £1683: These days it’s rare to find a new 911 that doesn’t have the Sport Chrono Pack, which is identifiable by the especially unsubtle dash-mounted stopwatch. The real reason you might want it, though, is for the dynamic engine mounts, which use fluid-filled dampers that stiffen at high engine speeds, PSM Sport mode and max-attack Sport Plus driving mode.
Our dream 911
Autocar’s perfecct 911: Carrera S 19/20in RS Spyder wheels £1650, Sports Seats Plus £324, Manual gearbox – no cost, PASM Sport suspension £665, PCCB composite brakes £6321, Total £95,226
Matt Prior’s perfect 911 – Porsche configurator code: “The basic Carrera has some fidget to the ride and the steering is a bit heavier than the Carrera S, although the entry-level car is the only one that gives me the confidence to want to turn off the ESC and mess around with the balance. That said, the manual Carrera S feels so deft and willing to change direction, and it’s the lightest car here. Of the four, it feels the most like a Cayman R, which was a real high point of non-GT Porsches.”
James Disdale’s perfect 911 – Porsche configurator code: “This was a fascinating exercise. It would be easy to assume that, straight-line pace aside, we’d be dealing with degrees of difference here. Yet each car had its own distinctly different character, which means you don’t have to be a ‘911 person’ to own a 911. Crucially, it was a reminder of how versatile the 911 concept is and the wide bandwidth in which the various versions operate.”
Simon Davis’s perfect 911 – Porsche configurator code: “Cripes, what an exciting car the Turbo S is. I was expecting it to feel much like the 4S, only quicker, but the car’s entire character feels as though it’s bristling with a barely contained energy. You don’t get that with any of the other cars. Ultimately, though, it’s not the stomach-churning turn of pace that separates the Turbo S but something much more deeply ingrained in its personality.”
Richard Lane’s perfect 911 – Porsche configurator code
Three more quick cars whose options matter
Lamborghini Huracan: Not so much a question of options but of variant. The rear-driven version of the Huracán Evo feels fluid and natural and beguiles you with just the right amount of fear factor. The four-wheel-drive car, with rear-wheel steering, can feel disappointingly synthetic and binary by comparison.