Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

The Parkers VerdictShould I buy a Porsche 911 Coupe?

If you’ve been reluctant about upgrading to a Mk8 911 because of the increase in technology, then allow us to allay those fears. To drive, the latest version of Porsche's iconic sports car is as invigorating and exciting as it always has been. It still feels special when you're just bumbling around town - while remaining civilised and easy to get on with thanks to excellent ergonomics and a mature feel to everything.

However, when you do want to take it further afield to some faster, winding roads to take advantage of its impressive engineering, it comes alive with sparkling handling, a lovely feel to the steering and the promise of relentless performance from the excellent range of engines. Even going for the entry-level car won't leave you feeling short-changed - the Porsche DNA is present in all models and it's engaging in all parts of the range. 

This is a seminal moment in the sports car genre and all of that electronic trickery complements the driving experience, heightening the pleasure experienced at the wheel. And while that comes at quite a significant price - especially if you add various options to the 911's equipment and performance tally, you're getting a car that you can make use of in a variety of situations.

The attention to detail inside the 911 also means it's a comfortable car for longer journeys - the seats are supportive yet comfortable, there's a bewildering array of technology available and it feels thoroughly modern thanks to its selection of bright, crisp screens and almost-bewildering array of functions to tweak the experience - whether it's focusing on performance or making it feel luxurious inside. 

It's even surprisingly practical. While no sports car is suitable to family life, the small rear seats do fit small children, and the front boot is surprisingly deep and spacious, making it possible for weekend away with a pair of soft bags with ease. Just make sure that, when ordering your 911 (if buying new), you don't need to spend a lot of money on extras like all-wheel drive to get the best version, because even a bog-standard model will prove to be an engaging sports car. It's just up to you how far you want to take it with tweaking the spec to suit you and your budget.

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