The iconic Porsche 911 Carrera has finally said “goodbye” to its naturally aspirated flat-six power plant. The mid-cycle refreshed 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S are now powered by a new, twin-turbocharged 3.0 L flat-six engine.
In the “base” 911, the twin-turbocharged engine produces 370 horsepower and 331 lb.ft. torque. However, in the 911 Carrera S, the same engine produces 420 horsepower and 368 lb.ft. torque thanks to different compressor wheels, a special exhaust setup, and a specific ECU tuning.
Both cars now produce 20 additional horsepower over their naturally aspirated predecessors and the Carrera gains 44 additional lb.ft. of torque, while the Carrera S gains an additional 43 lb.ft. torque. In both cars, the new 3.0 L flat-six engine can be revved up to 7500 rpm and it is estimated that the new engine is 12% more fuel-efficient when compared to its naturally aspirated motors.
With the PDK dual-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono package, the Porsche 911 Carrera shaves 0.2 seconds off its 0 to 60 mph time, achieving this task in 4.0 seconds and now has a new top speed of 183 mph. With the new power upgrade, the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S is estimated to hit 60 mph from standstill in 3.7 seconds, again shaving 0.2 seconds off its predecessor, and reaches its terminal velocity at 191 mph.
Visually, the only way one can spot the new twin-turbocharged 911 models is by their pair of 911 Turbo inspired vents in the rear bumper, a retro styled cooling panel on the rear deck, and the new exhaust outlets. For 2017, Porsche’s signature quadrant lamp designed LED headlights and taillights are now standard.
Inside the refreshed 911 Carrera models, there is a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, which offers features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, touch response functions likes swipe, pinch, and pull (similar to your smartphones), and Google Earth and Street View Maps.
All 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera models now come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). With the system, the active dampers lower the ride height by 0.4 inches and are now keyed into a new steering wheel mounted drive selector on models equipped with Sport Chrono package. The selector, derived from the 918 Spyder, includes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual settings, which depending on what modes are selected, can manipulate the settings for the PDK transmission, exhaust, PASM, and the engine stop/start function.
For 2017, the Porsche 911 Carrera S’s chassis now features rear-wheel-steering from the 911 Turbo and GT 3 models. Another new feature offered in the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera models is a front-end suspension lift function, which with a push of a button, can raise the front-end of the car by 1.6 inches to clear speed bumps and steep driveways.
The rear wheels in both models are now half-an-inch wider, measuring in at 11.5 inches and the 911 Carrera S receives massive 305 width tires.
New safety features include post-collision braking and blind-spot warning, and the adaptive cruise control now features a coasting mode in cars equipped with the PDK transmission.
If the $995 destination charges remains unchanged, a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera will cost $90,395 (an increase of $5,100 over the 2016 model) when it goes on sale in March 2016. The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S has a starting price of $104,395 (an increase of $4,500 over the 2016 model). The 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts at $102,695 (an increase of $5,500 over the 2016 model) and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $116.695 (an increase of $4,900 over the 2016 model).
For some Porsche 911 purists, seeing the naturally aspirated flat-six engine go into the history books might be a bit sad, but considering the increase in horsepower and fuel efficiency offered by the new twin-turbocharged, I am sure they will get over the loss sooner than later.
Information and Image Source: Porsche USA
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