Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Porsche 911 VS 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Porsche 911

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2014 Lamborghini Gallardo

Safety Comparison

The 911 offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Gallardo doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Both the 911 and the Gallardo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 13 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Lamborghini dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 911’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 first among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Gallardo isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The 911 Turbo S’ 3.8 turbo 6 cyl. produces 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 397) than the Gallardo LP570-4’s optional 5.2 DOHC V10.

As tested in Car and Driver the 911 GT3 is faster than the Gallardo LP560-4 (automatics tested):

911

Gallardo

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 911 gets better fuel mileage than the Gallardo:

911

Gallardo

RWD

3.4/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

3.8 S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

3.4/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

3.8 S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

AWD

3.4 Coupe/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

3.4 Cabriolet/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.8 S/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

V10/Manual

n/a

12 city/20 hwy

3.4/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

3.8 S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.8 Turbo/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

3.8 Turbo S/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

3.8 GTS/Auto

15 city/20 hwy

13 city/20 hwy

V10

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Gallardo doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 911 (except GT3)’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Gallardo doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 911 has a tether attaching its gas cap, to prevent its loss. The Gallardo’s gas cap isn’t tethered, so it can be left at a gas station if the driver forgets to screw the cap back in.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 911 Turbo/GT3’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Gallardo:

911 Turbo/GT3

Gallardo

Gallardo

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.4 inches

14 inches

14 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The 911 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Gallardo doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The 911 stops much shorter than the Gallardo:

911

Gallardo

80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

200 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

135 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

.93 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the 911 4S/Turbo/GT3’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Gallardo (F:245/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:235/35R19 & R:295/30R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 911 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Gallardo’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Gallardo doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Gallardo’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 911 GT3 Coupe handles at 1.12 G’s, while the Gallardo LP550-2 Coupe pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2 MPH faster than the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe AWD (74.1 vs. 72.1 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the 911 Turbo/GT3’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Gallardo’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The 911’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Gallardo’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the 911 w/Sport Chrono (except w/o Sport Chrono) has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Gallardo uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the 911 S Coupe is quieter than the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe AWD (55 vs. 58 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The 911 Coupe has 1.7 inches more front headroom and 1.8 inches more front legroom than the Gallardo Coupe.

The 911 Convertible has 2 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the Gallardo Spyder.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The 911 Coupe has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Gallardo Coupe (4.76 vs. 3.9 cubic feet).

The 911 Cabriolet has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Gallardo Spyder (5.47 vs. 3.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the 911, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Gallardo doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 911’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Gallardo’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them.

The 911’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Gallardo’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The 911’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Gallardo’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 911 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Gallardo doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The 911’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Gallardo’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

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

When the 911 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Gallardo’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 911 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Gallardo has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The 911’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Gallardo doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 911 PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Gallardo doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the 911 offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Gallardo doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Optional Online Services for the 911 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Gallardo doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The 911’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Gallardo’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the 911 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Gallardo doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the 911, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Gallardo.

Recommendations Comparison

Intellichoice recognized the Porsche 911 as a “Best Overall Value of the Year” for the 2013 model year.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 second among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Gallardo isn’t in the top three.

The 911 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 6 of the last 18 years. The Gallardo has never been an “All Star.”

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