Porsche 911 purists are resistant to change. That includes the first water-cooled models, the original 911 Turbo, all-wheel drive, and the PDK dual-clutch transmission. Now the German sports carmaker has added a turbocharged engine to the base model. But was it the right move? On this episode of "Ignition," host Jason Cammisa tests a new base 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera to find out.
Power for the new 911 Carrera comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine rated 370 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. To keep things simple, Cammisa opted for the standard seven-speed manual transmission and chose one without all-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars, or the lightweight carbon ceramic brakes.
At the drag strip, the turbo 911 Carrera hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 114.7 mph. It also lapped the figure-eight in 23.7 seconds at an average of 0.84 g and held an average of 1.03 g around the skidpad. Stopping from 60 mph took just 95 feet.
After explaining how turbo lag affects engine response versus a naturally aspirated engine, Cammisa hands the keys over to professional racer and Motor Trend hot shoe Randy Pobst for some seat time on the 2.0-mile course of Thunderhill Raceway.
Check out the video below to see how the new turbocharged 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera compares to the BMW M2 coupe and to hear Cammisa's final thoughts on the new turbocharged engine.