Klaus Niedzwiedz, a former racing driver, took a PDK-equipped Porsche 911 Carerra out for a 400-mile road trip to see what kind of mileage he could pull from that bad boy. Turns out, he averaged a very impressive 35 mpg. The test was certified by Germany’s DEKRA Car Inspection Authority and split into 3 sections to simulate everyday conditions.
As it turns out (which will be no surprise), keeping the engine between 1800 and 2000 rpm and averaging 52 mph were big factors in besting Porsche’s published 27 mpg on the highway by 33%. Reminds me of a more realistic version of hypermiling in a car I would actually enjoy driving every day.
In Klaus’ own words:
the result proves that with a lot of feeling and discipline you can even drive a 3.6-litre, 345-bhp sports car very economically. (Read More)
I can get behind driving with a lot of “feeling”, but if driving with discipline means not accelerating, I’m out. I don’t think I have it in me. Spirited driving is just too much fun.
I’m curious to know what mileage others have achieved in their Porsches. Reply in the comments with your best so far.