Things change. The Berlin Wall fell, gays won the right to marry, McDonald’s now serves breakfast all day long. As much as it values tradition, Porsche isn’t immune to such revolutionary change. Case in point, the Porsche 911 Carrera, which moves to an all turbocharged engine lineup for 2017.
As we heard previously, the Porsche 911 Carrera is going all-turbo for the first time ever. In addition, the storied sports car receives a face-lift and revised chassis features. Both the Carrera and Carrera S receive a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six. In the standard Carrera, that engine is tuned to 379 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, up 20 hp and 43 lb-ft from the current model that comes equipped with a naturally aspirated 3.4-liter. The twin-turbo unit in the Carrera S boasts 420 hp and 368 lb-ft, which is also up 20 hp and 43 lb-ft from the outgoing Carrera S and its 3.8-liter flat-six. Porsche says the new engines provide “generous torque over a broad powerband,” with a redline of 7,500 rpm. The automaker also says the new Carrera S is a whopping 10 seconds faster than the outgoing model on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, posting a time of 7 minutes, 30 seconds.
Acceleration from 0-60 mph for standard Carrera models with the PDK transmission and Sport Chrono package improves to 4.0 seconds, or 0.2 second quicker than its predecessor. The Carrera S is estimated to reach the same speed in 3.7 seconds. Top speed for the 911 Carrera is capped at 183 mph, while the Carrera S can reach up to 191 mph. All Carrera models come standard with a seven-speed manual transmission. In addition to offering improved performance, the engines are also more efficient. Depending on model variant, the new turbocharged mills are nearly 12 percent more efficient than the previous model on the New European Drive Cycle, according to Porsche. EPA ratings will be revealed at some point in the future.
The Sport Chrono package now comes with a steering wheel-mounted mode select switch derived from the 918 Spyder’s hybrid map switch. This allows drivers to quickly toggle between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual modes. A revised Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis lowers the ride height by 10 mm, and is now a standard feature. The shock absorbers have also been revised for better comfort and body control, while new standard split five-spoke wheels and tires offer lower rolling resistance but also improved grip. The rear wheels have been widened by 0.5 inch to 11.5 inches on all Carrera models.
Rear-axle steering is now available as an option for the Carrera S, previously only offered on the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3. The system is intended to enhance turn-in and increase precision when changing lanes at high speeds. It also reduces the 911’s turning radius by 1.6 feet. Inside, the new Carrera receives Porsche’s Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system as standard. The newly developed system features navigation and a 7-inch multi-touch display that can recognize handwritten gestures. The system also boasts built-in Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay iPhone integration.
The updated 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera makes its debut at the Frankfurt motor show next week, and arrives in the U.S. in March 2016. But all of the 911’s new features come at a price. The base 2017 Carrera starts at $90,395, which is $5,100 more than the model it replaces. The Carrera S is priced at $104,395, or $4,500 more than the 2016 model. The Carrera Cabriolet makes the biggest leap at $102,695 (up $5,500), while the Carrera S Cabriolet is priced at $116,695 (up $4,900).