2017 Porsche 911 revamp brings all turbo power

By Bob Nagy on September 8, 2015 12:15 PM

Making their official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S mark the start of a new era for the German automaker. In addition to receiving a number of styling tweaks, handling enhancements and an upgraded infotainment system, these core 911 models are fitted with standard turbocharging. 

Officially previewed in lightly disguised form earlier this year, the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera/Carrera S in Coupe and Cabriolet sport new headlamps, taillamps and running lights, integrated door handle recesses, a redesigned rear deck with active air-intake louvers and a modified aft fascia with new lower cooling ducts and exhaust outlets.

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Smaller Turbo engines pack a big punch 

Both new 911 variants introduce a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine that promises to be more exhilarating and more efficient. In the 911 Carrera, it develops 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque which is on hand from 1,700-5,000 rpm. That compares to the 350/287 stats of the 3.4-liter naturally aspirated engine it replaces. With unique turbo units, exhaust system and engine management, the engine in the Carrera S cranks out 420 ponies - also 20 more than the 3.8-liter six it supplants - and 368 lb-ft of peak twist in the same rev range, which gives it a 43-unit edge. 

Backed with the available 7-speed PDK twin-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Package, the new Carrera will streak to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and the Carrera S in just 3.7 ticks, both 0.2 sec quicker than their current counterparts. Top speeds also are up, to 183 and 191 mph, respectively. While official EPA numbers are pending, Porsche data indicates the new 3.0-liter turbo six helps bump overall fuel economy in the 2017 911 Carrera and Carrera S by nearly 12 percent on the European driving cycle. If that's not enough, opting for the Sport Chrono Package brings a new 918 Spyder-style steering-wheel-mounted rotary switch with Normal/Sport/Sport+/Individual settings. PDK-equipped cars also feature a Sport Response button that "pre-conditions the drivetrain for maximum acceleration." 

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Improved handling

To take full advantage of the added muscle, the 2017 Carrera and Carrera S feature a revised Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system which is now standard on the base Carrera as well as on the Carrera S. This revamped PASM package boasts enhanced shocks that provide more precise control during hard cornering and also lowers the ride height by nearly half an inch. Both new 911s sport revised alloy wheels -- half and inch wider at the rear - wrapped in new grippier but low-rolling-resistance rubber that's also marginally wider at the rear on the Carrera S. The 2017 Carrera S options include rear-wheel steering adopted from the present 911 Turbo and GT3 models and both 911 variants can be fitted with a new electro-hydraulic lift system that raises front ground clearance by 1.6 inches to help prevent damage from speed bumps of steep driveway aprons.

While the basic cabin trim of the 2017 911 Carrera and Carrera S carry over unchanged, both now feature a new Porsche Communication Management System (PCM) that include online navigation with real-time traffic information as well as new Google Earth and Google Streetview mapping. The upgraded PCM can be operated by smartphone-style multi-touch gestures on its 7.0-inch display as well as by handwritten user inputs and allows Wi-Fi connections of various devices. Also, iPhone users can take advantage of new Apple CarPlay capability. Porsche Car Connect and the Connect Plus module can be used to access and remotely control a number of vehicle functions.

The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S family are set to arrive in showrooms next spring. The 911 Carrera Coupe open at $90,395 with the 911 Carrera Cabriolet starting at $102,695. The S-spec models cost $104,395 and $116,695, respectively.

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