Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 2010 997 Porsche 911 Turbo

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo on Bring a Trailer article highlights:

  • Porsche revised the 997 911 Turbo in 2010 with a bigger engine, new dual-clutch transmission, and updated suspension and AWD tuning, making it an even better daily supercar
  • There’s a clean, mildly-modified 41,200-mile 2010 997.2 911 Turbo currently listed on Bring a Trailer
  • The current $32,911 bid price is roughly one-third what the cheapest similar-mileage 997.2 Turbo on Autotrader costs

As maddeningly-competent a sports car as the regular Porsche 911 is, the 911 Turbo is a few steps beyond it. But you don’t need to drive the latest Turbo S to understand that. Used 911 Turbos can still embarrass brand-new sports cars in a straight line, around corners, and during daily commuting. Yet while they’re still often pricey, once in a great while, a bargain one appears. And the 2010 997 Porsche 911 Turbo currently listed on Bring a Trailer is just such a bargain.

The 2010 997 Porsche 911 Turbo was a true all-weather supercar—and still drives like it

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
Engine3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six
Horsepower500 hp
Torque479 lb-ft (standard)
516 lb-ft (overboost with Sport Chrono Package)
TransmissionsSix-speed manual
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (PDK)
Curb weight3495 lbs
0-60 mph time2.9 seconds (Car and Driver)

Up until the 2000s, many still considered the Porsche 911 a sports car, albeit a very good one. But with AWD to corral its 420 horses with sure-footed ease, the 996 Turbo moved into genuine supercar territory. And it finalized that move in 2007 when Porsche introduced the 997 911 Turbo. However, as always, Porsche wasn’t done refining.    

In 2010, Porsche introduced the 997.2 version of the 911 to the U.S. With it came Porsche’s first in-house dual-clutch automatic, the now-famous PDK, as well as an updated 911 Turbo. And it took everything good about the 996 version and made it great while eliminating most of the few remaining flaws.

Besides extra capacity, the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo’s engine has direct injection and upgraded turbos. Plus, it’s not only more powerful, but it also weighs less. Porsche also recalibrated the car’s AWD system, bolstered the rear limited-slip differential with optional torque-vectoring capabilities, and revised the suspension. Those revisions include re-tuned adaptive shocks, firmer and variable-rate rear springs, a softer rear anti-roll bar, and a firmer front one.

As a result, the 997.2 911 Turbo isn’t just faster than the 2009 model in a straight line: it runs around the Nürburgring 10 seconds faster. The revised car turns in sharper, flows around corners better, and has virtually no turbo lag, Car and Driver says. In addition, the steering is just as wonderfully-weighted and communicative; ditto the brakes. Admittedly, the adaptive shocks are rather firm in Sport Mode. However, the 997 Porsche 911 Turbo handles daily-driving duties with aplomb, thanks to comfortable seats and decent storage space.

One of these 997.2s is currently listed on Bring a Trailer

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When it was new, few cars of any price could keep up with a 997.2 Turbo on the street. And that’s still the case more than a decade later. Yet as fast and capable as a ‘base’ 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo was, there were a few options that made it even faster and more luxurious. And the example currently listed on Bring a Trailer has some of them, as well as a handful of interesting modifications.

Firstly, this 911 Turbo has the Sport Chrono Package, so it has the torque-boosting overboost function. Also, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, a dashboard-mounted stopwatch, and launch control. Secondly, this car has leather upholstery, heated adaptive front seats, automatic climate control, parking sensors, a power sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors. Also, it has a Bose audio system and an aftermarket Pioneer infotainment screen.

Speaking of modifications, this 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo also has a Uniden R7 radar detector and a DSC Sport V1 suspension controller. Plus, it has a ceramic coating as well as some paint protection film.

Bring a Trailer notes that this 997.2 Turbo has a lien on its title, which is removable, as well as mismatched Michelin tires. However, this car has just over 41,200 miles on the clock and a clean, zero-accident history. Furthermore, the seller recently changed the oil and replaced the spark plugs and ignition coils. Also, the factory head unit is included with the sale.

This 2010 997 Porsche 911 Turbo is an absolute bargain, but will it be reliable?

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As of this writing, this 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo is listed at $32,911 with three days left in the auction. Keep in mind that this car started at just under $133,000 back in 2010 and a 2022 911 Turbo starts at $174,300. Also, the cheapest second-gen 997 Porsche 911 Turbo with similar mileage on Autotrader is roughly three times as expensive as this BaT car.

In short, this 2010 911 Turbo is a certified bargain. Admittedly, a pre-purchase inspection is still recommended. But overall, this 911 generation is fairly bulletproof. And as a 997.2-gen car, there’s no need to worry about IMS bearing or cylinder scoring issues with this engine.

So, if you want an affordable supercar that you can genuinely drive every day, this 911 Turbo might be worth bidding on.

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