PORSCHE® PRODUCTION 2001 North America


ATLANTA – The introduction of the 415-horsepower Porsche® 911™ Turbo brings to seven the number of sportscars that Porsche offers customers in North America – more than any other manufacturer. The 911 Turbo arrived at Porsche dealerships in the United States and Canada in summer 2000.

In addition to the 911 Turbo, Porsche offers for 2001 the Boxster ®, Boxster S, 911 Carrera® Coupe and Cabriolet, and the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet. The 911 Turbo is all-new; all other models receive detail enhancements and new options for 2001.

PSM Across The Board

Porsche now offers the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system as a new option for the Boxster and Boxster S. First introduced on the 911 Carrera 4, PSM is standard on that model and on the 911 Turbo. PSM became an option for the 911 Carrera for model-year 2000.

Essentially, PSM can help keep the car going in the direction the driver steers – on slippery or dry road surfaces. On the Boxster and Boxster S, PSM replaces the previous optional traction control system but still provides a traction control function for slippery surfaces.

The system uses data from several sensor inputs to detect a loss of grip at the front or rear. PSM can reduce instability by applying braking to individual wheels and, if necessary, altering engine power.

Orientation Lights

All Porsche models for 2001 include as standard new light-emitting diode (LED) interior orientation lights. One LED provides gentle illumination of the cockpit and center console. An LED on the driver’s side door handle illuminates the ignition lock and light switch, and an LED illuminates each door latch.

New Options and Colors

For all 2001 Porsche models, Porsche has grouped many popular options into packages. For example, auto-dimming inside and outside rear-view mirrors have been combined with rain-sensing windshield wipers for one package. An additional standard interior color, Nephrite Green, was previously a special-order color. New available metallic exterior colors include Orient Red, Lapis Blue, Zanzibar Red, Seal Grey, and Meridian. Cinnamon Brown is a new special-order interior color.

911 Turbo

With a 415-horsepower twin-turbo engine, advanced all-wheel drive, and exclusive styling, the new 911 Turbo takes its place at the top of the Porsche model line and in the top echelon of the supercar category.

Power drives through a standard six-speed manual transmission, and, for the first time on a 911 Turbo, Porsche offers the Tiptronic® S five-speed automatic transmission as an option. Exclusive design features include bi-xenon high-intensity gas-discharge headlights and a bi-plane rear spoiler.

The 911 Turbo can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds and achieve a top track speed of 189 mph (305 km/h). The 2001 911 Turbo introduces the first ceramic composite brake discs on a production car. Available as an option (late availability), the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB™) will set new standards for brake response, fade resistance, and service life. Porsche dealers can retrofit the discs to 2001 911 Turbos originally ordered without them.


Inspired by classic mid-engine Porsche sports/racing cars, the 2001 Boxster is powered by a 2.7-liter, 217-horsepower six-cylinder boxer engine. Customers can choose between the standard five-speed manual transmission and the Tiptronic® S five-speed automatic. The standard power convertible roof lowers in just 12 seconds, and an aluminum hardtop is available as an option.

In addition to the newly optional PSM system, the 2001 Boxster features a new cloth roof headliner (already standard on the Boxster S) that reduces interior noise. The integrated supplemental safety bars are now covered in soft-touch material, and a new three-spoke steering wheel with color Porsche Crest ® adds a sporty touch to the interior.

Boxster S

Introduced for model year 2000, the Porsche Boxster S melds the foundation of the successful Boxster with the kind of high performance upgrades that have made the letter “S” a legendary part of Porsche history. The Boxster S is powered by a 3.2-liter, 250-horsepower engine and features the six-speed manual transmission and the cross-drilled brake discs from the 911 Carrera. Additional performance upgrades over the standard Boxster include standard 17-inch wheels, wider tires, higher-rate suspension tuning, and a third radiator. The Boxster S shares the detail enhancements for 2001 with the standard Boxster, except the three-spoke steering wheel, which was already standard.

911 Carrera

The new-generation 911 Carrera, introduced in 1998, represented the first “clean-sheet” redesign of the legendary 911 since its introduction in 1965. Longer, wider, and sleeker than any previous 911, the current version of this legendary sportscar nevertheless maintains the unmistakable 911 profile and classic design cues.

The 911 Carrera is available as either a Coupe or Cabriolet model. In the Coupe, the rear seatbacks fold down to create a flat cargo floor. The one-touch power soft-top on the Cabriolet folds compactly into a compartment behind the rear seats. A solid tonneau cover fits flush against the body with the roof lowered, preserving the sleek, uncluttered appearance, and a removable aluminum hardtop is standard.

With 300 horsepower from its 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, the 911 Carrera can accelerate from rest to 62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds. Customers can choose between a standard six-speed manual transmission and the optional Tiptronic® S five-speed automatic transmission.

911 Carrera 4

Based on the 911 Carrera, the 911 Carrera 4 features an all-wheel drive system based on a viscous multi-plate clutch. All-wheel drive provides enhanced grip on dry or wet road surfaces. The system directs torque to the front wheels at a rate of five-to-40 percent, depending on available traction and power applied. Subtle exterior differences that distinguish the 911 Carrera 4 models from their rear-wheel drive siblings include a different wheel design than the standard 911 Carrera, as well as plainly visible titanium-color brake calipers.


All 2001 Porsche models include an anti-lock brake system (ABS), dual front airbags plus the Porsche Side Impact Protection System that includes boron-steel door reinforcement beams, energy-absorbing door panels, and door-mounted side airbags. The 30-liter capacity sidebags provide protection for the chest, head, and pelvis.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the exclusive importer of Porsche cars for the United States. A wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG, PCNA employs some 220 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, marketing and training for its 205 dealers in the United States and Canada.


Porsche® Model-Year 2001 Prices

The following price list reflects the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for 2001 Porsche sports cars in the USA and Canada. Compared to model-year 2000, price increases for 2001 Porsche cars average less than 1.5 percent.


Porsche® Model-Year 2001 Estimated Fuel Economy