Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2002 Porsche 911 VS 2002 Ferrari 360 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2002 Porsche 911

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2002 Ferrari 360

Safety Comparison

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The 911 has standard front seat tall, head-protecting side-impact airbags which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer side-impact airbags.

The 911 has all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The 911 offers optional Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. PSM then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer skid prevention.

The 911 offers an optional Park Assistance to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the 911 and the 360 Modena have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four wheel antilock brakes and available traction control.

Warranty Comparison

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The 911 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The 360 Modena’s 3 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The 911’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the 360 Modena’s (10 vs. 3 years).

There are almost 8 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the 911’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the 911’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The 360 Modena’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the 360 Modena’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The 360 Modena’s redline is at 8500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The 911 has a 6750 to 7300 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 second among premium sports cars in initial quality. The 360 Modena isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Ferrari vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. Ferrari is ranked below average.

Engine Comparison

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The 911 Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (415 vs. 395) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 275) than the 360 Modena’s 3.6 DOHC V8. The 911 Turbo’s optional 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (450 vs. 395) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 275) than the 360 Modena’s 3.6 DOHC V8. The GT2’s standard 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (456 vs. 395) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 275) than the 360 Modena’s 3.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the 911 Turbo 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl. is faster than the Ferrari 360 Modena (manual transmissions tested):

911

360 Modena

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

11.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

110 MPH

Top Speed

192 MPH

175 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the 911’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the 360 Modena:

Horsepower

Torque

911 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

6800 RPM

4250 RPM

911 Turbo 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl.

6000 RPM

2700 RPM

911 Turbo 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl.

5700 RPM

3500 RPM

GT2 3.6 turbo DOHC 6 cyl.

5700 RPM

3500 RPM

360 Modena 3.6 DOHC V8

8500 RPM

4750 RPM

The flat design of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Porsche 911 gets better fuel mileage than the 360 Modena:

911

360 Modena

Std Engine/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

11 city/16 hwy

Std Engine/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

10 city/16 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the GT2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 360 Modena:

GT2

360 Modena

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The GT2’s brakes have 30% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the 360 Modena (717 vs. 553 square inches).

The 911 with its standard antilock brakes stops much shorter than the 360 Modena with antilock brakes:

911

360 Modena

80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

221 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the GT2’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 360 Modena (F:235/40R18 & R:315/30R18 vs. F:215/45R18 & R:275/40R18).

The 911’s optional 225/40R18 front and 285/30R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the 360 Modena’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 Carrera 4 handles at .98 G’s, while the 360 Modena Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 911 Cabriolet Carrera 4 handles at .94 G’s, while the 360 Spider pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The GT2 goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.3 MPH faster than the 360 Modena Coupe (68.7 vs. 67.4 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Ferrari 360 Modena.

The 911 is 5.2 inches narrower on average than the 360 Modena, making the 911 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Porsche 911 amounts to more than styling. The 911 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the 360 Modena (.34 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the 911 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 911 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the 911 is quieter than the 360 Modena Coupe:

911

360 Modena

At idle

62 dB

63 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

88 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 911 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 360 Modena can only carry 2.

The 911 has 18 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 360 Modena (70 vs. 52).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 911’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The 360 Modena has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The 911’s power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at toll booths or drive-up windows. The power windows on the 360 Modena don’t raise automatically.

The 911’s optional rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 360 Modena’s standard intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 Coupe offers an optional rear wiper. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The rear window of the 911 Cabriolet is glass, so that it won’t become hard to see through with age. The plastic rear window on the 360 Modena Spider will become opaque with age and scratches.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 911 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 360 Modena doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 911’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The 360 Modena’s standard power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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