Porsche is on the right track with their 911 Carrera lineup, as for the first time ever it is going to be all turb0-charged for 2017 and it’s becoming more efficient as well. Oh how times have changed, more power – less engine displacement and two turbos do wonders these days. It’s really hard to make a case for naturally aspirated cars these days, and Porsche knows that – they even have a name for it “Porsche Intelligent Performance” a concept introduce to increase power and reduce emissions by the German Automaker.
The Porsche 911 Carrera lineup gets chassis features and a face lift. And of course the newly developed twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six which revs to about 7,500 rpm and sees that efficiency has been increased by up to 12 percent according to Porsche.
Suspects include the Porsche 911 Carrera which gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engien that puts out 379hp and 331 lb-ft of torque which is 20 hp & 43 lb-ft more than the current naturally aspirated 3.4-liter Porsche 911 Carrera.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S gets a twin turbo 3.0-liter-flat-six making 420 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque which is 20 hp and 43 lb-ft more than the naturally aspirated current model with a 3.8-liter flat-six.
All of these upgrades see that the new Carrera S is actually 10 seconds faster than the outgoing model on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, with a time of 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Very impressive indeed, while the 0-60 mph for the Carrera models equipped with a PDK transmission and Sport Chrono package improves to 4.0 seconds – about 0.2 quicker than the current model. The Carrera S does the same in 3.7 seconds while top speed is limited to 183 mph for the standard Carrera and 191 mph for the Carrera S.
Another interesting feature added to the 911 Carrera lineup sees that some of the 918 Spyder’s tech is borrowed like the Sport Chrono package which now comes with a steering wheel-mounted mode select just like the 918’s hybrid map switch. This will allow you to shift quickly between Sport Plus, Sport and Normal driving modes. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) allows the driver to reduce ride height by 10 mm and it’s a standard feature (Horray)! Rear wheels are wider by 0.5 inches (11.5 inches total) ensure resistance but also improved grip on all Carrera models and the shock absorbers have been revised to deliver better ride control and more comfort.
I was surprised to hear that the Rear-axle steering is now an option for the Carrera S which was only available on the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3, it basically reduces the turning radius by 1.6 feet , enhances handling and turn-in performance which makes for better precision.
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera: $90,395
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: $102,695
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S: $104,395
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet: $116,695